Wednesday 12th September 2012 – Saw 2 rather frisky squirrels this morning.

I’ve just noticed that I spelt “September” wrong yesterday, so sorry about that.
There I was minding my own business opening the allotment gate this morning at just after 9am when I heard a lot of scratching, looked up I saw 2 squirrels….well…you know having a bit of a chase around a tree. I don’t think the female one was interested, or had a head ache or something, but the male was definitely up for some, but it looked quite rough. Anyway, I left them to it, and made my way to my plot. Still no rain (well the odd spot this morning, but no more than that). I dug up a load more potatoes, but couldn’t carry too many as I was on my bike. I wish the saddles had a bit more padding, either that or I’ve got a boney bum. The potatoes were a really good size, they were the first lot I put in, so they had the benefit of all the rain we had in March. I need to take the strimmer down tomorrow, so after lunch I’ll get it in the car.

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8 Responses to Wednesday 12th September 2012 – Saw 2 rather frisky squirrels this morning.

  1. Viviana Sierra says:

    Hi Claire,

    I pick my carrots which caught leaf blight this season and they aren’t tasty. I steamed some last night and they tasted bitter. Any suggestions on how to cook differently.

    Vivi

  2. vivi12blog says:

    Hi Claire,
    I pick my carrots which caught leaf blight this season and they aren’t tasty. I steamed some last night and they tasted bitter. Any suggestions on how to cook differently.
    Vivi

    • I like roasting carrots. Chop up into inch chunks, put on some salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix together and put on a roasting tray. Roast for about 45 minutes and turn once at gas 6 or 200. If you’re cooking a chicken, then put them underneath the bird with some onions/shallots, garlic and potatoes.

    • Try planting onions with the carrots as they deter each others bugs. Another way to cook carrots is to roast them. You can do this either on their own with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Or as I do for an easy dinner, cut some in chunks and mix with chunks of onion and potatoes and cook under a whole chicken. It’s a meal in one pot. Roast at gas 4 for about 2 hours. When the chicken is cooked and resting continue roasting the veg until slightly brown, but soft. You can also add butternut squash also.

  3. paul says:

    Had some rain here , not enough to top up water butts though ! my potatoes where poor this year but dwarf and runner beans all very good most of all the safari dwarf bean noe have 2 freezer draw fulls ! Going to try some yellow beetroot tonight , enjoy potatoes claire.

    • My potatoes haven’t done as well as other years, but the rogue potatoes I found have done really well. I’m glad your beans have done well, they’ll keep you going for quite a while. I hope you enjoyed your yellow beetroot, I’ve grown it before and it makes a welcome change from the normal red. I may grown more next year.

  4. Claire says:

    My bum is most certainly NOT boney :o( I should take a leaf out of your book and be busy busy busy!!! Instead, my plot resembles a jungle, hee hee. x x

  5. Don’t worry part of my plot resembles a jungle. If you’ve got nothing in an overgrown patch to make it look better immediately strim it and then cover with a weighted down tarp.

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