Thursday September 16th
Dash up to allotment to pick some tomatoes and dig potatoes, as there were blight warnings out again. Ended up finding myself with rather more stuff than I could comfortably carry. Half a carrier bag of potatoes, of which some were the vitelotte blues (tiddlers), some surprise lurking Red Dukes (thought I'd got all of those!) and some a few rattes (even smaller than the vitelottes, though the plants were hopeless too this year). I didn't think much would come of the Pink Fir apples either, but was surprised – got some rather decent tubers from the one plant I dug up. Moved onto the Picasso, and dug two whoppers up as well as some smaller ones. This bed is where the maincrop Sárpo Mira are, so I can hope they too have been large. Will know in a month or so! Added half a carrier of courgettes (oops) and then found that another corn on the cob had smut – and irritatingly, this time the gall had popped. Argh. Definitely going to have to quarantine it now! Picked as many large cobs as I could see, as they are getting a bit past it. Got a pile of runner beans, a trugful of tomatoes (including some greens, in case the blight does indeed strike), one of the Stowell's evergreen corn and then got carried away and picked four butternuts. There are 11 of them in total, and I need to get as many as I can off and ripening elsewhere as I can before the weather changes for much colder conditions. Then realised that even with putting the squashes in the rucksack, I was going to struggle as I also had my fork to carry, so got back to the car gradually! Ate a couple of cobs, one the heritage one, though it wasn't nearly as sweet as the supersweets. The latter one was overripe and mealy, too, so not exactly a successful meal. Hopefully the ones I froze are better. Away this weekend so hopefully things won´t be too bad when I get back, especially since we´ve had a long string of Smith periods and blight is getting pretty much inevitable.