26 September 2007

chez clodhoppers

tonight is sweetcorn, runners, spuds and tomatoes.

The spuds (sante main) were grown in a rubble sack. You just pop the tubers in and pack up with more soil as they grow. I'm not sure it's worth repeating it on an allotment really, but if you're short of space it's not a bad technique.
The corn cobs are just amazingly sweet and delicious though some of them are only 50% formed. These are better at about 90%. We grew a larger stand of them this year and if I had my way I'd give over half a plot to sweetcorn I love it so much.

The tomatoes look so vibrant in the fall sunshine, it's hard to resist just gobbling them up.


Melanie Rimmer said...

I notice that the silk on your corn is still white. I thought that you were supposed to wait til it turned brown as a sign your cob were ripe? Not certain of this though, as I've only grown a few corn plants one time so I'm no expert.

clodhopper said...

As the silk refused point blank to change colour I stripped away the outer leaves and stuck a thumbnail in the corn which when ripe exudes a milky white cream. The quality of the corn was excellent and shows that waiting for a brunette while ignoring a blond may not always be a good idea.

llewtrah said...

My garden was bursting with soft fruit and rhubarb this year, but a combination of weather and not having much time to get out and tend it (darned day job!) meant not much in the way of veggies.

clodhopper said...

Welcome llewtrah.

We can hardly talk about day jobs in this household without spitting and growling and gnashing of teeth and contorted efforts to peer up our own backsides to find the latest 'targets' we're now supposed to meet. Comes of working in public sector/education I suppose and is much the same everywhere.

Yeah, soft fruit was good this year, veggies a bit hit and miss and in some places bad to diabolical.

Hope you find a little more time to harvest your garden next year.

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