Bumper Produces of October – Year 3

I have to add this second post for October as there are so much to record….  besides the fall of the big tree… digging trenches and the itching wild fox…. My very joy is the outcome of all the hard work…

Pumpkins and Squashes

Before I am to show off this year’s Pumpkins and Squashes, I have to post the images how the work of God’s art in the display of the plants…. could not believe a tiny seed can flourish the beauty of all those vines, leaves and giant yellowish flowers…. and the squashes are all hidden under the layers of leaves and vines…. amazing…

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Here are the lots of Pumpkins and Squashes I have been harvested from my plot….

Pumpkins & Squashes1 copy

Pumpkins & Squashes2 copy

Harvest Galore

I am very pleased with the Pak Choy, Chinese Green Rocket Cabbage, Fennels, Raspberry and ….

Pak Choi1 copy

Green Rocket cabbage copy

Fennels1 copy

Mooli

Growing successful this year and they have met my merit and my steamed Mooli cake is really yummy….


Feast

Besides  Mooli cake, here are some more feasting dishes for the month…..

4 inches high chocolate cake….

4 inches tall Chocolate Cake copy

Make use the Raspberry Coulis to sandwich sponge cake, this one with cream and strawberry too….

Raspberry Couli Cake copy

Besides Mooli cake, here is Mooli and Potatoes curry……

Mooli & Spud curry copy

Mooli cake… one more to look at….

Mooli Cake copy

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September Bliss – year 3

September 2010

There are always jobs when there is a plot ….. I mean allotment plot….

Trench

Bed number 10 has been dug out a trench by my loving JCB for composting…. well prepare for my three sisters planting in the coming new year……

Potato

This is the month to finish digging out all the main crop potatoes…. I have store them in sacks in the garage… not too bad this year and expected the stock will last till next Spring…

last dug spuds copy

Pumpkins & Spaghetti Squashes

The Spaghetti Squashes and Pumpkins are looking good… lots of pumpkin flowers and those tuned into pumpkins are pumping up even though mines are mini pumpkins origin…. Suddenly the Spaghetti Squashes plants are growing up and up and I have a few mounts of them in my beds…..

pumkin glow copy

Spaghetti Squashes view copy

Wild Patch

My wild flower patch has its height of showing off the full colour…. notice some lodgers are happy at my provided lodging place…. (frogs in my pond)

going wild copy

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Home sown & Home grown

I have sown some more Pak Choy, Spring Cabbages and winter onions & shallots at home and they are now ready to plant out at my plot….

My must Chilli plants again produce lots of Chilli and this is the time for them turn into reddish colour…

Home grown view copy

View at the plot

At the end of this month, I have planted out Bed number 9 with winter onions, shallots, Pak Choy, Spring cabbages and Mooli radish….

September grow 1 copy

Another great beauty at my plot are the Raspberry plants, the autumn fruiting one are keep on producing juicy berries… made lots of jams and coulis….

The new trial… Globe Artichoke is taking on fine and looking for my next year’s crop… Fennel plants are successful growing at my plot this year although I have planted them late and expected a none result…

September grow 2 copy

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Height of the summer… July… year 3

Weeds are blooming and growing wild…. that is the down drill of gardening… whatever tools to use to get rid of them, you still have to kowtow hand pick them out or they’ll come back in double and treble….. But at the same time the good bits are the plants purposely planted in are doing the growing beautifully well too……

The on Growing…

Beans

All the beans included Borletto beans, Climbing beans and Runner beans are starting producing lots of beans…… the best of all and I like most is the Climbing beans… I just can’t eat enough of them…

Beans galore 1

Squashes

I planted all the summer squashes included Courgettes, Patty Pan, De Nice round courgette and Lebanese together with Sweetcorns within the Beans bed, they are producing lots lots of squashes….

Squashes

Spaghetti Squashes

At Bed 3, 4 and 8 I have planted in a few Spaghetti Squashes and so far they are in good growing form…. I am still figuring how to make a supporting frame to hold up squashes….

Spaghetti Squash

Tomato

Lots of my Sweet Million tomato are appearing on my row of tomato plants….. Bed 13…

Tomato copy

Wild Flowers

My wild flower patch at Bed 15 is blooming, the hidden pond is now frequent visited by frogs….

WildFlower Patch

Harvest

The beginning of many picking at this time of year… squashes, beans, spinach, turnips, potatoes etc. etc…… I just love to pop down to the allotment picking armful of goodies…. what a wonderful feel…..

Harvest 1

Harvest 2

Maintenance

After dug up all the potatoes at Bed 9 at the end of this month, we have the whole bed dug over with lots of manure…. both pathways have created and filled with new bark chips….

new pathway

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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….

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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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CNY – New Year Feast (Year of Tiger) – Year 3

14th February 2010

For  myself; the best bit to celebration any festival is the feast part.  Here comes the Chinese New Year and the seasonal vegetable is the Mooli Radish, they are big, real large pieces on sales from most Chinese Super Market.  I’ve tried to grow at the plot but not as big as they are last year, but I shall try again this year…  The bumper harvest of the Spaghetti Squashes has been in the dinner menu in many time and in many method.  The last squash has been made use in desert too….

Mooli Radish Cake

I have recorded the procedure of how to make the Mooli Radish cake (蘿蔔糕) and like most Chinese cuisine the preparation takes lots to do but the cooking is quite simple… just steam it….

Mooli Cake  1

Mooli Cake 2

Mooli Cake 3

Spaghetti Squash + Pineapple Puff

Discover another version to use all the Spaghetti Squashes, I use my last Spaghetti Squash to mix with pineapple to make up the fillings and sandwiched in puff pastry.  The baked result tasted really yummy….. also the seeds of both Spaghetti Squashes and Pumpkins seeds are my best mate to accompany me for all these winter nights movies watching…

Spaghetti Squash & Pineapple Puff

Chinese New Year Dinner

The focus of the photo was not perfect as the sight of the food has been taken over the concentrate through the lens… found that long table is best with western dining while the round table is best with Chinese dining as the dishes of food can be access in all sides….

CNY 2010 feast

Dumplings = Nuggets

Another favourite of using the chives that I have been frozen at week 33 – year 2, was to make lots of dumplings during the CNY, the chives mixed with pork, pawns, Chinese mushrooms and young bamboo shoots as the fillings of the dumpling.  Both soupy and fried version are my top favourite…..

CNY 2010 feast 2

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Week 49 – Year 2

11th January – 17th January 2010

A tiny thaw with another snowfall afterward, everything turn white again… dé⋅jà vu or ground hog…. By the look of those berries still hanging on those branches (which I have noticed they were all bare without berries by this time of last few years…) the winter is going strong this time….

Snow Scenes

The snow does really have its attraction and see how it does to my camera….

Snow scene

Mini Pumpkin

We decided to use the Pumpkin, one of my supposed Mini Pumpkins which I have harvested during October last year… have made one third of it into Pumpkins and Carrots soup (my sunshine input)… the rest is going to roast… the seeds are collected either for the coming year grow or for my snacks….

Mini Pumpkin

Parsnip

The soil has loosen up after the thaw so we decided to dig out all the Parsnip… We all feel very pleased for the result of the growth of Parsnips this time especially the first trial… We have made chips, stews and roast Parsnip so far… they are just sweet and tasty … Definitely will grow more this coming year…

Parsnips

Spaghetti Squash Seeds

We had use the Spaghetti Squash too and here are the seeds that I pick out for growing this year and the rest has been roasted to be snacks…

Seeds of Spaghetti Squash

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Week 38 – Year 2 (Spaghetti Squashes Gift)

26th October – 1st November 2009

The Halloween has came and gone this year, only have one “trick or treat” knock at the door, in fact these few years has been less and less “trick or treat” at our area, probably the children were now grown up …. they prefer indoor party and have their “trick or treat” among their friends….

Spaghetti Squashes – Gift

Since I have harvested all the Spaghetti Squashes and cannot consume all, the best way is to share with friends who like them and here they go as my gift to Ho’s family…. the pretty bows lift up the appearance…

Spaghetti Squashes gift

Feltham First Peas

Sow some peas that grow through winter months, bought this peas from Henleaze Garden centre…. mix the pea with some grits then sow in 2 rows, this is a trick I learnt from others that if there are mice the grits can help save the peas… hahaha …. (the rest of the peas seed I gave to Shirley to try on)…. then I erect the usual pea support and cover with some Tansy leaves for deter pests (suppose this may work)….

Feltham First peas

Garlic

While I was at the garden centre, bought another pack of garlic and here they are sow at the front bed, since we all love garlic in cooking and that is really eat lot not waste….

Garlic bed 1

Lettuce

My winter Lettuce seems growing fast in this change of season… the 3 lines of Spring Onion which I sow in between has also shoot up too, together with all these weeds…. the saying “good and bad are companion in all” is real true….

Winter Lettuce

Spring Hero

I have not prepare well for this planting, but I have to try on so I put all 10 young plants at bed 3, protect by the half cut plastic bottles and hope to get around to do something about them in later days….

Spring Hero

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