Down on the Allotment

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Holidays

There is an anxious time in every gardeners year, this is when you go on your Summer holidays. So many things to do, worry about who will water the plants, how big will the courgettes get? If veggies are not picked then they will probably stop cropping. The fruit on my plum tree has just started to ripen all at once! pounds and pounds of lovely sweet eating plums will not wait for me to get back. Today I picked them all (thank heavens for dwarfing rootstocks!).
Halved them and bagged them up in ziploc bags in the freezer. Ready for jams, pies or crumbles when I get back. Maggoty plum ratio - about 1 in 20 - not bad!
One small success is my first crop of Hinomaki Red gooseberries. A two year old bush having its first crop this year. Stunning to look at and very sweet. Quite promising for next year.
So, dear readers, Buddy is going into kennels while we are away. I must admit to being a little anxious this time as he is now 14 years old and just beginning to show his age a little. He is an outgoing, confident chap and I am sure that he will make friends easily. I am off sailing around the UK, Scotland and Ireland on the Queen Victoria. I am excited to be meeting a fellow blogger Peggy in her home town of Cobh, during my very first visit to Ireland, having only corresponded via her Organic Growing Pains blog. I will be dropping in for one day to say hello - in person! I will be back on August 1st.

11 Comments:

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Bangchik said...

haha... its fairly normal to worry about plants one leaves behind while on holiday. it should subside by the time one get immersed in the sheer ecstasy of real vacation. The plums are very nice looking..., a tree we can never grow here.
Enjoy your vacation and regards to Peggy....
~bangchik

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Have a great holiday Matron!

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Damo said...

Those plums look good, have a great holiday.

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Am really jealous of your plums. It has been so dry here mine are not coming to much.

Enjoy your sailing holiday and don't forget to bring Buddy a stick of rock from the seaside.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Lovely plums and gooseberries. I'm sure Buddy will be fine - what a welcome you'll get when you come home. Have fun!

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Chicken lover said...

Have a good holiday,try not to worry about the garden and Buddy. We came back to a jungle last week but it was great getting it all sorted again. We even had a new addition to the family - see my blog, lol
Jane

 
At 1:52 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Buddy is such a darling - I am sure he will be fine but thrilled to see you when you return. Have a great time!

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Wonderful harvest of plums. I can imagine the pies that you'll get to enjoy. Have a lovely vacation. Catching up with blogger pals is fun.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger BilboWaggins said...

Hope you have a great time. Try not to worry about Buddy (I know, it's impossible not to). This isn't his first time in kennels, he will be OK.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

What scrumptious looking fruit!
Have a good time.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger miss m said...

Lovely crop of plums ! Have a wonderful trip !

 

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