Apples to Pumpkins..

This is just a little update in picture format on how the plot is looking at the moment.. Today a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK.. and typical bank holiday weather… But we so need the rain… So I am not grumbling.. 

So we harvested our Apples, just a couple on this tree to be seen here along with my hubby and granddaughter who are just walking to see how her pumpkin is growing she planted from seed.  Click onto the images to enlarge. 

Granddad and Granddaughter investigating how the Pumpkin is growing.

Growing nicely

Back in the sheds safely stored are the picked cooking apples and eating apples.. 

 

Apples picked and stored

Tomatoes and cucumbers in the allotment greenhouse.

Tomatoes and cucumbers have been in abundance, So much so I have made several lots of tomato soup from them.. Recipe on the recipe page . And the yellow variety have also made some lovely soup. 

My husband took the nets off of the Brassica family, cabbages and sprouts. Despite the nets the cabbage white butterfly managed to get in and lay eggs so there were leaves which were being feasted upon by caterpillars  along with tons of white fly.. The dry heat and humidity under the nets I am sure added to excellent breeding conditions.. So Hubby set too to strip a lot of the infected leaves off… This is the result 

Cabbages and Brussels sprouts

The sweetcorn have about another week to go before it’s really ripe.. The juice out of the corn when pressed by your thumb needs to be milky not clear..  They haven’t done too badly filling out, but then they have had lots of tender loving care with daily watering.. 

We enjoy our stews come those colder days and parsnips are added along with shallots.. But we love roasted parsnip.. And will have plenty to keep us going. 

Parsnips

The Dahlias this year have not been as good… They have soon died in the heat and their stems have not been as long this year.. But I still managed to pick three bunches.. One for a neighbour, one I gave to another allotmenteer and one for myself..

Bunches of Dahlias picked

On the home garden the begonias have been loving the heat.. And our giant ones on the front of our home have grown massive this year.. Especially the tall one with the Yellow Sunshine head.. 

Out of this World My own little Sun Flower.. 

Well I think that is about all for this week.. 

Happy Gardening.. 

48 thoughts on “Apples to Pumpkins..

  1. All in all I would say a nice harvest, despite the heat. We faced the same challenges here. Just too much heat to sustain all we planted, but such is life. Thank you for sharing your garden through pictures. Wishing you the best of weeks ahead.

    bill

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  2. What a gorgeous array of blooms, plants and harvest! I miss our overabundance of parsnips from years ago in Goshen. I’ll have to plant some next year. They really do make nice soups and roasted veggies. Enjoy! Love, Laura

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  3. The last picture is so sweet, Sue. Your own little sunflower. Your pumpkins look quite different to ours. Ours have creamy thin skins and are much flatter, like a squashed disc. I love English apples and you have certainly got a good harvest, Sue. have a wonderful week.

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    • Hi Robbie.. thank you.. Yes it has to ripen some more, they turn Yellow.. It looks like we shall need the barrow to harvest it to carry it home.. 🙂 Yes the harvest of apples is a good one to say they are only young trees. 🙂

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  4. I am happy your garden is defying the odds of weather this year. Some beautiful photos and your granddaughter is getting so big! They do grow up so fast and now I am onto great granddaughters! As always, thank you for sharing, my friend. xoxo

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    • Thank you Renee… Its been a challenge this year keeping it watered. But the bonus has been the weeds haven’t wanted to grow as fast.. 🙂 And yes I have had my little Sunflower all day today too… Love and Mega hugs and hope your boys are well also.. ❤ Hugs..

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    • Thank you for asking.. The green apples are the cooking apples and last year ( depending on storage conditions ) we had some that lasted right to the end of April.. The last few I gave to the blackbirds .. The red eating apples I don’t think will last as long.. and some have already got grub in them.. These I cut out and freeze the best bits.. 🙂 Others I make apple sauce. if they are bruised etc.. And it depends on the temperatures and storage.. But I have hopes they will last a couple of months.. We do like our apples.. Thank you again..

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      • 😀 I have an apple tree and the first Autumn after I moved in I tasted one but unfortunately it wasn’t nice 😦 ………….. on the upside raspberries are ripening right now and quite delicious…………… lol I’d recommend planting canes because apart from weeding you don’t have to do much, except the bird netting! Loving your allotment.

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  5. Namaste Sue 🙂

    Fruits amassing, table flexing, anticipating harvest-time 🙂 I like the term allotmenteer!

    Much seems to have survived the summer heat and all appears to have flourished. I recall you mentioning endless watering and hours tending drying soil. Such toil has paid dividends, your allotment thrives despite white flies.

    Good luck with stews and roasted nips, with tomato soup and Brassica tips, fine dine on fruit and apple pie, but save the pumpkin for Halloween’s nigh.

    Thanks for the Bank Holiday round-up. Take care.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Love your lyrical poetry Dewin.. Apple and Raspberry Pie just finished off this lunch time with some custard.. And yes Bank Holiday has been good.. And looking at the plot its looking good compared to many who have not had time to water as we have..
      Tomato soup making tomorrow… 🙂 Today was a day playing with that tall Sunflower.. 😀 we had fun.. Many thanks again Dewin.. Enjoy your own week ahead..

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      • Namaste Sue 🙂

        Apple and raspberry pie served with custard mmm, my favourite! Such a shame its all gone lol

        At the mention of turnips and Brassica (tips), I couldn’t resist having a little fun.

        The plot looks to be in great shape: the effort watering has been rewarded with a bountiful harvest thus far. Wales remains as green as ever and most gardens appear not to have suffered, but lawns are pale and patchy where neglected. I’ve probably asked before yet I’m curious to know what apple varieties you grow?

        Good luck making tomato soup tomorrow: will it be yellow or red? 🙂

        Life is about having fun…everyday should be a play day 😉

        Have a pleasant evening. Take care.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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            • Dear Dewin.. Sorry only just getting back to my Garden blog comments.. I have asked him and he said he put the tags somewhere in the shed of the apple trees.. But we have both forgotten which variety they are.. I can confirm that both the eating apples are delicious and the cookers have made excellent pies.. 🙂 Some of the eaters had a few grubs in some cores, they were spotted and given to the blackbirds, who loved them.. So nothing is wasted.. 🙂 💚

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            • Namaste Sue 🙂

              There’s no hurry to reply. Thank you for remembering to ask. It was much the same with the apple trees we had in the garden when kids: one produced eating-apples the other cooking apples but since they were pre-existing before we moved in no-one knew the variety. My mother always thought the cooking apples were Bramley.

              The blackbirds will eat anything where it can be scavenged. If not for the grubs I recall wasps enjoyed the sugary scent of ripe-apples and helped ravage the crop.

              Hoping all is well. Enjoy your bountiful harvest as much your weekend. Take care,

              Namaste 🙂

              DN

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            • Yes a few of them have already been infested with the grubs, but I use those first and make apple sauce to freeze out of them.. Not a lot gets wasted here Lol… And your apple trees as i child I can just picture them.. 🙂
              Have a wonderful Sunday Dewin.. Take care..
              Sue 😀

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            • Thank you Sue 🙂 My mother used to make a fine apple jelly which we’d serve on toast or with cooked meats and pickles. As I recall it was delicious. Apple chutney made for winter and Christmas was also another favourite. If I were more of a cook I’d probably find a reason to have it in the larder.

              Hoping your weekend was successful. Enjoy a fruitful week.

              Take care. Namaste 🙂

              DN

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            • Home-made chutneys are the best…am I right in thinking you’ve posted recipe’s? One day I will find time to pickle and make chutney but until then Branston offers a pretty good alternative whilst Sharwoods make the best mango chutney 🙂

              I trust you have had a wonderful weekend and will enjoy a great week 🙂

              Until next time, take care,

              Namaste 🙂

              DN

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  6. Was just passing by and wasn’t intending to stop, but your apple harvest caught my eye. They do look fresh and quite a few of them you got there. They all look so good together 😁 Many apple pies and maybe apple sauces to come. Have a good week, Sue 😊💕

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  7. If you could just see the look on my face at what you have created and grown here…😲😲😲😲 Astonishing. Simply astonishing! The pumpkins! The apples! The dahlias! The parsnips! The cabbages! The tomatoes! The cucumbers! WOW! Just WOW! I’m impressed and awed and inspired and I MUST learn how to find the time to cultivate amazing yields and gardens such as this! Thank you, my friend, for being a gentle voice to nudge me on, in directions I need and want to go…

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    • Big smiles Cynthia, I read your comment out to hubby whose head just grew about an inch too LOL.. 🙂 glad you enjoyed the harvest… And a garden will happen for you when its meant to… In the mean time keep planting those seeds of love you plant so well.. ❤ Much love back.. ❤

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