Onion, Garlic & Leek–2012 Year 5

Onions, Garlics and Leeks……. the growth and harvest of my fifth year allotment…..

Onion

onion 12 copy

Garlic

garlic 12 copy

Leek

leeks 12 copy

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42 Dumplings

Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II has granted us extra day holiday, supposed made use of the time plotting at the allotment…. but weather forbid plus wouldn’t want to miss the television show on the celebration….. the next best thing is to cook out something to enjoy…. and one of my favour is making dumplings…. As the title said this time I have made just a total forty two dumplings…..

dumplings 1

dumplings 2

Here are the 42 dumplings I have made….

dumplings 4

They are served in two version, fired and soupy….. with my favourite vegetable Broccoli….. the sauce goes with it are my latest invention… thinly sliced ginger, garlic, spring onion and chilli with soy sauce…. (so deliciously yummy that has been rated Dip of the 2012)….  

dumplings 5

The fried one……

fired dumplings

The soupy one….

soupy dumplings

Inside the dumpling is the juicy meat and veg……

juicy meat & vegs

The end result is….. all gone with very satisfied feel…. fantastic good food with fantastic occasion…….

bots up all gone

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Beginning of May–year 5

Here are the views of all my beds at the allotment at the beginning of May, some are already filled and some are preparing for the newbies….

Bed 1 – Rhubarbs are flourishing…. Gladiolus, Sweet peas has planted in….. on the side the hardy Lovage, Chives and Welsh onions are coming back to live….     

Bed 1 early May 2012

Bed 2 – prepared half of the bed to become seed bed which has been sown in Pak Choy, Iceberg Lettuces, Spring Onions, Spinach, Radish, Parsley and Parsnip….. the second half of the bed has set aside for the Mange touts peas, Iceberg Lettuce….

Bed 2 early May 2012

Bed 3 – planted in some Iceberg Lettuces in between the First Early potatoes…

Bed 3 early May 2012 copy

Bed 4 – same as bed 3…..

Bed 4 early May 2012

Bed 5 – Board beans and Strawberries….

Bed 5 early May 2012 copy

Bed 6 – Main crops of potatoes…

Bed 6 early May 2012 copy

Bed 7 – Main crops of potatoes too…

Bed 7 early May 2012 copy

Bed 8 – one fifth of the plot has been planted with Board Beans through winter months… the rest of the bed will be dug for Cabbages, Calabrese and Cauliflower…(the treble C)…. Bed 9 has been dug over with compost trench through the winter months and at the moments is waiting for plants….

Bed 8 early May 2012 copy

Bed 10 – the bed of Onion (both white and red), Shallots, Garlic… this has been through the winter months…. Bed 11 is being dug over ready for Beetroot, Carrots and Sweet corns..…

Bed 9 early May 2012 copy

Bed 12 – the Raspberry bed need a bit of tidy up…. otherwise it looks promising….

Bed 10 early May 2012 copy

Bed 13 – this bed is temporary made and still a testing ground…. by the compost bin I have transplant some Spinach seedlings there and the long end has been planted in main crops Potato….

Bed 11 early May 2012 copy

Bed 14 – the Tansy plants, Comfrey plants gets along fine, and the Globe Artichoke has some new shoots showing too…. Bed 15 the wild flower bed has just sown some new wild flowers seeds……

Bed 12 early May 2012 copy

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Newbies & Oldies – Year 4

April onwards 2011

We have a whole month bathing with sunshine… forget about April showers… carrying cans and cans of water became the main task….

Newbies

Sowed bundle of seeds at home’s conservatory…. they are the newbies for this year…

Onions for this summer, I have grown them from seeds for trials, sowed them in February, here they are sprouts nicely and I shall let them grow on then re-pot them and plant out in May….

Pak Choy is my favourite… sowed in seeds within a few days they are out and thriving strong, re-pot them in March and plant out soon …

pak choy & onion seedlings

Soak some other seeds like squashes, sweet corns, beans , cucumber, tomato…… in water and covered with wet kitchen paper then cover with the cling film…. when seeing the little sprouts from the seeds then transplanted into pots with soil… sows in a little TLC plus some luck they will grow on….

seedlings 1

But then they are real pain when you got thousand matters to deal with and ops forget to check them and…. they dried out… the allotment just the safe backup….. sowed seeds direct into the seed bed prepared at the end of past winter….. prayers say for morning dews and night moist… even a dry April, here comes the sprouts of radishes, beetroot, turnips, parsnips and spinach etc. …… the thinning can be uses as salad…

seedlings 2

April is the month or After Easter period is for most plants restart their new life… it makes you feel joy and wonder too by seeing the sprouting from seeds that you have sown…. look at the potato sprouting… a sign of newbies reborn…

potato sprouts

At the beginning of April, I have planted out the Pak Choy… from the seeds I sowed in pot at home…

pak choy

Oldies

I have planted out lots of Board beans in October last years, but they have been killed off by the severe winter early this year, so I have sowed some more seeds in February and planted them out in late March, look like that they have catching up and thriving at the end of April…..

Boardbeans

Planted lots of Garlic in November and December time last year and they have shown sturdy growth sign….

garlics

Last autumn sown Onions are showing great growing sign too… TLC is important…

Onions

Leeks has been touch and go… planted in June July time last year…. been attacked by leek moths… still keep on standing through the winter months and here I have harvest them all at the end of April….

Learnt that they can be planted out even in August time to avoid the moths breeding period… so I shall try this year…..

Leeks

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May 2010 – Year 3

The working out at the extended plot is in the heights…. planting, watering and weeding…. as a saying “Nothing sow nothing gain”…. so here I am ready for the ball rolling…..

We still have not much rain during this month….. so watering is essential… elbow grease is needed….

Here is photo of collage view of my plot in May….

May begin collage copy

Beginning of May

Lots of seedlings are ready to plant out at the plot, some has been germinated well at the plot, such as beetroots, turnips, Spring Onions….

A short clips of what is happening………

Into the Mid of May…

At last the bed 11th has been dug over and ready to plants out young plants….. a lot of ad hoc works around the plot…… just keep life more entertaining…

Mid May planting copy

Coming to the End of May….

We have been busy around the plot just the busy bees, planting in tomatoes, corns, beans, Comfrey, Spinach, Lettuce…..  Weedlings has a big bloom too….. where is the supposed moist May…. we are having fun carrying water here and there…..

End May 1 copy

End May 2 copy

End May 3 copy

Obviously the joy is having the goodies after all the hard work, we have start the bumper harvest now and watch this space and more to the storeroom….

End May 4 copy

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Week 51 – Year 2 (Foxes @ plot)

25th January – 31st January 2010

Not too long ago we were greeting with Happy New Year, and here we are the last week of the first month….. whatever iPhone 3G is the new gadget… a virtual Time gadget is fine for me…

Although it is cold, the temperature somehow has climb up above freezing figure… even has some sunshine… while I was emptying the compost material to the bin at the plot, I have noticed the allotment foxes have a good time there too…

Foxes

There are TWO lazy foxes having sun bathing on one sunny winter afternoon at the allotment…

Foxes

Leeks & Garlic

While I was there at the plot I have picked up some young leeks and 2 juicy garlic…  potato leeks & garlic soup is the day’s dinner menu….

Leeks & Garlic

Jerusalem Artichoke

Dug out some Jerusalem Artichoke at my front bed, they are still edible even after the big freeze… even sweeter…

Jersuelum Artichoke

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Week 41 – Year 2

16th November – 22nd November 2009

Flood alert and bad weather hit Cumbria, southern part of Scotland, the Lake District….

We are in touch wood situation at the South West, windy and cloudy, on and off of heavy showers…

During this continue wet and windy weather…. On Tuesday caught up with a clear spell and went down to the Allotment to tidy up those bags of compost, empty to the bins and gave them some massage (add some compost maker and gave them a stir)…..

Harvest

While I was at the plot, pick up some veggie for the week… Swiss Chard doing excellent despite the foul weather… though I have got some Parsnip in fork shape, they are still sweet in taste… my Mooli Radish has a big improvement from last year’s stock, use them in my curry really yummy….

Harvest w41y2

Garlic

The downpours has not affect the growth of my Garlic, they grow taller than the week last…

Garlic

Onions

The same as my Winter Onions, they welcome the rain too….

Winter Onion

Feltham First Peas

Nice to see my Feltham First peas has shown the pea tops… my disguise of sowing them with grits and pebbles do work…

Feltham First Pea

Board Bean

Most of my early sown Board Beans has shot up… though there are couple gaps in between the rows, I shall fill them with my home grow seedlings in Springtime if they do remain gapping at me through the winter…

Board Beans

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