Monthly Archives: July 2005

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Improving the Soil Condition for Better Crops

Improving the soil. I know this is a lot of hard work but I can really see the improvement in the soil now so hopefully I'll be paid back in better crops next year.

Digging Over and Good News in the Greenhouse

Digging gets easier after the rain and the greenhouse crops are coming good. The tomato sideshoots I stuck into pots are zooming up too - hopefully I'll get a few fresh tomatoes late after the main ones have finished.

Harvesting and How to Store Potatoes

Yet more harvesting and weeding, Back at the ranch, sorting of potatoes into those that will store a while and those to use now as the slugs have started eating them. We store them in hessian sacks, which let them breathe but keeps out the light.

Harvesting Potatoes Orla and Anya. Slug Damage a Problem

Potato harvest continues. The last half row of the first early Orla had a good yield but the recent rain has spurred the slugs into a feeding frenzy - hardly any are untouched.

Freezing Produce, Blanching and Watching the Rain

Finally some rain so storing the produce today. Just a few bags of French beans, runner beans and cauliflower were blanched prior to freezing.

Salad Crops, Cauliflowers and Potatoes Harvesting

Harvest continues and the French beans discovered in hiding. Yet more courgettes - the yellow ones look really dramatic - and then I noticed a climbing French bean. Hiding beneath the leaves were about half a carrier bag full!

Harvesting Potatoes and Watering Potatoes

Potato harvest and more watering. The soil is pretty solid but with some grunting managed to get the fork in and the spuds up. Divided the potatoes into 3 piles. Good, Bad and Indifferent

First Runner Bean Harvest, Peas and Cauliflowers

No rain to speak of but the harvest continues Dorian peas seem to have large pods but are a little tricky to work out when they are ready.

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