Friday moments at the allotment…

dd17 has graced us with her presence today….straight from her A-levels exam….she’s  brought her nice camera along…..

There’s this canal which runs through the middle of the allotments….little one has been fishing for a few weeks now but has never caught anything….well, today was her lucky day!!! …a newt and some leeches…

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Sharon was tending to the bees today….we all got to taste the honeycombs….. you don’t know sweet till you’ve tried it….

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and other nice pics taken on this nice warm May’s day…..

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Wishing you all a peaceful and productive long weekend…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

 

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More cabbages and some greenhouse plants…

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this is our second raised bed of cabbages ….a mix of savoy and greyhounds….

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tomatoes coming along nicely…..mash’Allah

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tempted to pick some chilies but we like them red better so a bit more waiting….ins’Allah

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Aubergines ….I don’t know much about aubergines at this stage but I’m pretty sure that they will need some sort of support as fruits are quite heavy….so I’ll do some online research and build an appropriate support system insh’Allah

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

P.S  I found this great youtube video on aubergines….

First signs…..

hope….excitement….reassurance that I’m doing something right…..

we shall have plums!!!!!….insh’Allah….

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And look at what else we’ve spotted today…..

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the very first asparagus spear…..even though we are not going to pick any for the next two years at least I know that the plants did establish successfully and we are on track….insh’Allah….

 

and looks like we shall have some figs too!!!! I couldn’t help myself…..went in for sugar came out with a fig tree….only £10 …I’ve had a fig tree (if you can call it that ) for longer than I can remember but not a single fruit ….insh’Allah this one will produce the goods…

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It looks pretty happy in the greenhouse next to the tomatoes and chilies….I’m debating whether to pot it on now or wait for a while……

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wishing you a productive and peaceful weekend…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

 

This is what it’s all about…

all the planning, the hard work, the digging, the sowing, the planting, the watering…..and then you harvest a bit of spinach, enough to add to a salad and you feel so proud of yourself, so satisfied…..there are folks out there that compare the feeling to giving birth….I wouldn’t go that far but I get what they mean…..

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Today we have also planted out the kale seedlings that were growing in the greenhouse…..another first timer so quite looking forward to how they turn out…..

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

A non-gardening post…

the weather was kind of perfect for gardening but my eldest daughter had other plans in mind……long story short…. impromptu….. we have spent a couple of hours at the Modern Tate ……It doesn’t get any more random than that over here…lol…..

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Little one has chosen to come with us too ….not sure how much she has benefited from the experience….hard to tell….well, she has been exposed ….

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Definitely a different kind of day ….back to gardening tomorrow….insh’Allah….

Wishing you a very peaceful and productive week ahead….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Asparagus…

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what a pleasant surprise I’ve had this morning…Sharon, my allotment neighbour, has shared some of her asparagus with us….feeling so blessed …

So guess what we had for dinner tonight?

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Garlic and balsamic vinegar….less is more kind of approach when it comes to fresh local produce……

Wishing you all a peaceful and productive weekend….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines