Monday 19th September 2016 – Just a few currants.

Another pleasant couple of hours on the allotment this morning. There was only one other person on site. Well I say one other person, but I didn’t see them, all I saw was a car. So I’m assuming there was someone about, and that a car hadn’t just been dumped on the site? I continued where I’d left off last week with the weeding. But today was the turn of the bed where my Raspberries and Currant bushes are planted. The bind weed, which is such a bind (sorry for the pun), is trying to take over the plot. Awful stuff!! But I managed to get lots of it, and it’s roots up today. The currant bushes which I have one each of White, Red and Black are in their first year and seem to be very settled in their bed. I didn’t seem to get any fruit from the Black Currant this year, but there are a few currants on both the White and the Red.

If you look really, really carefully then you'll see just a few Red Currant berries.

If you look really, really carefully then you’ll see just a few Red Currant berries.

There’s not quite enough Red Currants to make any jelly yet, but hopefully in a couple of year time there will be.

And a few on the White Currant as well.

And a few on the White Currant as well.

Once this bed was finished, I then moved on to taking down the French and Runner beans. They’ve all finished, and are looking rather shabby now. If you have any beans that have gone too far, then leave them on the plant to go brown. Then harvest, and dry throughly on the window sill before putting them in an envelope to store for the following year. Don’t pull the entire plant up. Cut the plants just above soil level and leave the roots in the soil as they have all sorts of goodies that will go back in the soil and help the plants the following year. The old bean plants can go in the compost heap as they break down very well. Well that was it for today. I came home had some lunch and then went to the cinema to see “Cafe Society”. Very good and funny. There were only 3 of us in Screen 3. I think my favourite line was said by the mother “First a murderer, and now a Christian. I don’t know what’s worse?”

 

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7 Responses to Monday 19th September 2016 – Just a few currants.

  1. thank you for sharing lovely update thank you for sharing have a blessed week

  2. Margaret Buchanan says:

    Hi Claire I grow my white, red and black currants in pots to save on space. This year I got a bumper harvest of blackcurrants so made some lovely jam and had enough to put in the freezer. The white currants are also in the freezer along with a few red currants. I think the birds devoured the red ones before I could harvest them, but I don’t grudge them any as I love to see all the different types in birds in the garden. I don’t grow raspberries are there are loads of wild ones where I live. Again made jam and collected enough for the freezer. I am harvesting runner beans galore but the peas this year have been a disaster, which is most unusual. Have you seen the huge Harvest Moon this past week?
    I loved your quote from the film. Very wry ha! ha!

    • They will grow very well in pots, as long as you make sure they’re large enough. Netting is essential for keeping your fruits safe from birds. I saw the moon on Sunday evening and it was a full moon, last night it was cloudy so the moon was out of sight.

  3. Allotmental says:

    The birds ate all my currants before I did. Nets next year!!

  4. NebraskaDave says:

    Claire, looks like you are on the way to some tasty jam in a couple years. It will be a few years before I start a berry patch. When my main garden area gets fully developed, then I’ll think about berries. They will have to be fully caged. There’s just too many critters and birds to ever get a harvest here without protection.

    Have a great day on the allotment

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