My Chillies are Ripening!!

Back in September I dug up my chilli plants to pot them and move them inside whilst I went to India. I figured that they had no chance of ripening outside so rather than come back to find a dead plant, I would experiment with them inside.

Now in December with snow on the ground outside my chillies have sprung to life. They are ripening by the day and just as I was about to give up it looks like I will be able to pick them soon after all!

Our First Swedes

Even though it’s like the Arctic in Essex at the moment, we decided to brave the elements and dig up our first swedes of the season. They tasted great but could be better so we are going to leave the rest to suffer a few more frosts. They look good though!

Leaf Cutting Bee Cocoons… or so I think??

I started to repot my tomato plants and as I tipped out the compost these little fellows fell out. They are intricately formed bullet shaped cocoons with perfectly cut rose leaves to seal the ends. Inside there is a clear looking wet grub. After a quick google I found that these cocoons are most likely to belong to a Leaf Cutting Bee.


See more info here:

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080710153242AAXU4Np
http://www.turning-earth.co.uk/leaf_cutter_bee.htm

I gently placed them back inside a pot of compost in the hope that they will eventually hatch.

Allotment Update

Our crop is now growing well… We have potatoes, onions, leeks, courgette, marrow, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, beans, rhubarb, cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, spinach, aubergines and sprouting broccoli.

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My Allotment

So I have started to grow my own! I think its become a bit of a novelty of recent, but after receiving my 100sq ft plot in April last year I got to work clearing the waist high weeds. After a summer of digging last year and some digging again last weekend I have finally sown my first seeds, and I aim to bring you an allotment update from time to time and maybe some little tips sprinkled between web design posts.

Last Weekend:

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