Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Claptons Galore

Tuesday was a repeat of Monday which was another wet day without any rain. We had heavy cloud cover all day making it the dullest day of the month. The temperature hardly varied all day with a maximum of 11.0°C and a minimum of 10.1°C.

We needed some fresh vegetables so headed to the plot to replenish our supplies. In the car it was one of those days were the slowest intermittent wipe of the windscreen wipers isn't intermittent enough and the wipers have to be turned off between sweeps. Due to the poor weather we’d no intentions of doing anything else on the plot other than harvesting some vegetables.
Our brassica crop this year got off to a bad start when all our early crops succumbed to club root back in autumn 2013. Since then we've done pretty well, especially with cauliflowers, which can be a bit tricky at the best of times. These two are good sized heads weighing in at over a kilogram each. These were sown on 02 June and planted out on 11 July and have produced an excellent crop following on nicely from a crop sown on 06 April and planted out on 18 May. It’s meant we've had a steady stream of cauliflowers ‘Clapton’ to cut from the end of July all the way through into October.

We managed a decent harvest for the middle of October. Even the sweet peas and raspberries had managed to give us another harvest that we weren't expecting.
The sweetcorn is now a little past its best but this was the last picking of any decent sized cobs. The carrots are St Valery and the beetroot is Crimson Globe. All our harvesting records are kept here.


  1. Love the look of those cauliflowers, our sweet peas are just about finished carrots were not as good as yours

    1. We might sneak one more picking of sweet peas.

  2. I'm so impressed with your cauliflowers, and at how long you've been harvesting them for. They are other half's favourite vegetable, so I really ought to try growing them next year. The raspberries and sweet peas make your harvest look quite summery still. Lovely beetroot too, one of my favourites.

    1. Cauliflowers are very hit and miss. Unusually they haven't all matured at the same time this year. Don't know why but I wish I did. If in doubt put it down to the weather.


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