Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cider apples

Cider is a wonderful thing.

I've been thinking of making ciders for a little while now and this summer we were bought back some champagne style cider from France and it was amazing on a hot summers day. So that had me thinking of planting some vintage cider apple trees up at the allotment, but before I even got round to that I found myself in possession of a cider brewing kit and fruit press from

Next thing I'm out collecting apples, pressing and fermenting them. I doubt my first attempt will turn out very well, let alone anything like that French cider, but I'm hoping to get somewhere close in the next few years.

Friday, 9 September 2011


Thought I'd try and grow sweetcorns again this year after being put off by a crop a few years ago being almost totally eaten by mice or deer or probably both. I think next year I will grow them in a cage to stop them from being eaten. This year I've managed to harvest the kernels early just as a few of them were starting to get eaten, but I'm not sure if any of them are fully ripe yet, will have to wait until I eat them to find out although the 2 we had for dinner the other night were very nice indeed.
Sweetcorns are one of the Veg that are really rewarding to grow as they taste so good compared to shop bought corns if you pick and eat them within just a few hours.

Dorset nagas

Hi all.

Sorry for the lack of post recently but things have been really busy with work for me, along with tending to the allotment, dog walks and a few weekends away in the I've just not had the time to get any photos and write blog posts, or should I say other things have taken priority.

Anyway I've got a few updates to catch up on now and some time off, so here is what the Dorset nagas are looking like now in the grow bags in my carpark. They seem to be doing ok but the last few weeks have been really quite dull and they could have done with being scorching hot and dry to really finish off these Chilies. Lets hope we get some hotter weather in whats left of september, although its not looking good.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

rasta chilli

These trinity chillies look like they might well be a bit on the warm side. Will defo be growing these again even if it's just for the look of them :-)
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

morning sunshine

the 3 dorset nagas (and a Trinity hiding behind the curtain) sunning themselves in the morning sun. The Trinity's, rooster spur and apricots are all coming on well and i'll be posting an update on those next.
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Monday, 27 June 2011

first dorset naga chillies

The dorset nagas have been the last of the chillies to fruit, although they have been flowering well the conditions haven't been quite right so the nagas have been dropping their flowers. Looks like british summer is finally here as a couple of the nagas have set fruit, hopefully the rest will follow!
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Aji Limo fruit


The Aji Limo chillies are starting to change colour.
This plant is the only one to survive and it didn't have a very good start due to me adding to much perlite to the compost which stopped it from retaining enough water and drying out too quick.
Can't wait to see what the chillies taste like, supposed to be hot ones :)
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Monday, 6 June 2011

dorset naga

The dorset nagas have really shot up in size over the last few weeks. Plenty of flowers but so far no chilli pods.
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aji limo photo

See below
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Aji Limo fruit

The only aji limo chillie plant to survive indoors has started to fruit. I planted the other limos up at the allotment and they are struggling to do anything, much like the rest of the chillies planted out.
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Monday, 30 May 2011

Go Ride

If this doesn't make you want to throw yourself down some hills on a bike then nothing will.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Finally got some planting done!



Today I had a good few hours up at the allotment digging over a few of the beds and have planted some seeds. I have sown some beetroot & carrots in one bed, salsify in another and some sweet corn in a third bed.

The onions seem to be coming on really well, as are the potatoes which I have covered over again today.

The Chillies I planted last month seem to not be doing very well and seem to be getting eaten by slugs so I've put some slug pellets around the chillies in another attempt to get them to grow on a bit.

Pretty much all the beds are planted up now so it should just be a matter of keeping every thing watered and weed free.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

First Padron crop of the year





Harvested the first fruits off the Padron chillie plants last night, not many but if they grow anything like last year there will be plenty more to come over the following months :)

The method for cooking these is really easy. Cover the base of your frying pan with olive oil and heat on high untill it starts to smoke, then put the padrons into the pan and fry them until the skins turn white and blister (a couple of mins), remove peppers onto some kitchen roll to soak up any exess oil, sprinkle with course sea salt, enjoy as a snack/tapas with a cold beer.
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Thursday, 12 May 2011

naga update

The dorset nagas seem to be doing really well on the window sill. Unfortunately I cant say the same about the ones I put outside goto grow bags, Hopefully tidy will come on tho as its still early in the season.
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