Physalis – Fruit for late in the year

Along with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, my greenhouses usually house a couple of physalis (cape gooseberry) plants. These aren’t the ones with bright red lanterns but the ones that are served in restaurants with your desert. They are perennials but there’s always the probability that they won’t survive the winter so I grow new plants…… Continue reading Physalis – Fruit for late in the year

A Damp Week in the Yorkshire Dales

We love the Yorkshire Dales, it’s our go-to holiday destination. Lots of things to see and places to walk. This break was in Dentdale, somewhere that we’ve been near but not actually walked around before. Dent itself is a beautiful little village. The only proble is the narrow, cobbled high street which barely has room…… Continue reading A Damp Week in the Yorkshire Dales

Assisted Natural Pest Control (Harlequin Ladybirds)

I extended my vegetable bed a bit in July and took the opportunity of additional space to sow some more dwarf french beans. They’ve grown well and are extending my french bean season as they started cropping at the beginning of the month (September). However, they are becoming infested with blackfly. As you will know,…… Continue reading Assisted Natural Pest Control (Harlequin Ladybirds)

Recipe – Courgette Pickle

Unlike 2022, 2023 was not a fantastic year for cucumbers, there were as many as we needed (around 10 over the summer months) but not enough to make pickle. However, the courgettes have done well, particularly the “Tromba d’Albenga”. These are a climbing variety which grow fruit up to about one metre in length. The…… Continue reading Recipe – Courgette Pickle

Apple Harvest, Wildlife & Raspberry Pi

A mix of news in this post, some interesting and some not so interesting. Starting with the interesting. We’ve had (what seems like) an increase in the number of Red Admiral butterflies this year and, looking around the web, it seems this is a by-product of global warming (see its not all bad). Red Admiral…… Continue reading Apple Harvest, Wildlife & Raspberry Pi

Tomato – Tsungshigo Chinese

Tsungshigo Chinese

A brown plum shaped tomato on Indeterminate Plants Description A mid/late cropping brown plum shaped tomato very similar to Black Plum. The seeds were part of the 2019 swap but we didn’t get around to growing them for the first time until 2023. Fortunately the seeds seem to have kept and there was no issue…… Continue reading Tomato – Tsungshigo Chinese

Recipe – Tomato & Courgette Risotto

This year (2023) we seem have a glut of Courgettes. We have grown five plants (the same as we did last year) but so far (mid August) we’ve had more courgettes than we did for the whole of 2022 and there are more growing quickly. The tomatoes are not going as quickly (we’ve currently harvested…… Continue reading Recipe – Tomato & Courgette Risotto