Monday August 29th
Another huge bag of French beans, the rest of the early spuds (dug up with the old fork and an improvised handle, broom handles wired on!). Also dug the rest of the salad blue and Burgundy red maincrops, as Sir said yesterday in the middle of a very low food miles dinner (Starter: the two corn, main: French beans, blue and Pink Fir potatoes and locally sourced meat, dessert, the raspberries) that heīd like to have them for Christmas dinner. Good job theyīre maincrop! Course I *would* stick a fork tine through the largest one despite being careful (I thought). Still, have enough for a dishful. By that time Iīll have the Sárpo Mira maincrops too. Spuds seem to be OK, still, but Iīm definitely moving to dig up any that have died back to dormancy. Spotted another sungella tomato that had got blight, and itīs spread across to one of the gartenperles too (they were touching). Boo, hiss. Picked a pound of spinach (and this woolly bear!) and another two sweetcorn. And a few runners. Explored a parsnip top and found the root was about 2" in diameter so even if only the first 5" are unforked, thatīs still a decent `snip. Took a walk-round movie of my plots with the digicam, though at 177MB I donīt think it will make it up here!
Went and bought some Bordeaux mixture. HDRA guidelines say permitted if absolutely necessary. If this isnīt necessary, I donīt know what is.