Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Hungarian hot wax - chilies


This is our first year when we try to grow chilies. I ordered yellow medium hot chili seeds called Hungarian hot wax. From the first sowings (12 plants) I managed to keep only two alive. Those little black fly-babies ate them all. Just to try my luck I sowed second sow in may and they are now blooming - not bad would I say, from the beginner.


Our chilies are outside, west facing fence behind which blocks nicely the most hottest afternoon sun. It has been so warm here in the Netherlands and chilies just love it. I bought two extra plants in may (when I thought our chilies don't make it) and they are delivering a second harvest already. Labels show that these should be a low and medium heat chilies, but heat is very unevenly in the chilies. But I certainly like these red chili-varieties - good taste and not too much heat. Hungarian hot wax is not to bee tested yet, I'll hope soon.






Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Jungle at the allotment


Hello again. Month June has gone so fast. My trip to Amsterdam with my friend, summer parties including midsummer party with our guests from Finland, children's school trips and festivities... and what else? Yes, allotment. Well thing is it has not really been raining here in Tilburg elsewhere well but not here. So I've done great a mount of watering (and weeding). I sure have to say that everything has been growing well. When I looked at the end of may pics all the plants were tiny and now almost full size and still going strong. This year was first year that I really have tried to expand my growing season and it sure is longer here in the Netherlands than in south Finland.


Here above is my Nero di Milano - planted out few weeks ago, hoping to get harvest during our summer holiday. First seedling gives already a nice harvest (planted out mid may). Below first sweetcorn seedlings are going strong (out in mid may). Summer flowers haven't been a great success, but some are in bloom. Maybe I sowed them too late, or I'm just impatient. 


 Sweet pea (Royal Blue) was a gift from my neighbor - jus loving it. Both pumpkins Muscat de Provence (green) and Sweet mama (yellow) grows good in these hotbeds. Hotbed also holds the moisture little bit better than bare ground. They are both now size of small skills football. 






I have been harvesting turnips, beetroot and also potatoes. Early variety Tiamo wasn't my favorite but middle early Gourmandine is so tasty. No wonder it was advertised to be good for cooking. Allotment really looks bit like a jungle, but I do not mind. It may look a bit messy jungle, but it is my jungle and I love it. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Allotment update may - palstapäivitys toukokuu


It's been a while since last allotment update. A lot of progress, everything is growing well (except the peas what are eaten by pigeons) and many new plans. Just have to figure it out what I really want. My main crops are potatoes and pumpkins in different varieties. I grow three different potatoes (early: Tiamo, middle early: French Gourmandine and late: Rosagold) and atleast four pumpkin varieties (Halloween pumpkin, big pumpkin Sweet mama F1 hybrid, medium size Muscat de Provence and Courgette or Zucchini called Nero di Milano.

Viimeisestä palstapäivityksestä onkin aikaa. Paljon on tapahtunut, ainakin kasvua ja reilusti uusia ideoita. Suurin osa kasveista kasvaa hyvin lukuunottamatta osaa herneistä, jotka pulut ovat syöneet. Varataimia on kasvamassa kotona ja ne aion kyllä suojata hyvin. Hyviä tuoreita herneitä ei oikein tahdo saada täältä mistään muualta kuin omasta maasta. Suurinosa viljelyalasta kasvaa perunaa -aikainen lajike Tiamo, keskiaikainen ranskalainen herkku Gourmandine sekä myöhäinen lajike Rosagold. Toinen pääviljelykasvi on kurpitsa. Niitä kasvaa niin kesäkurpitsaa kuin talvikurpitsaa. Kesäkurpitsa on Nero di milano ja talvikurpitsaa on perinteinen Halloween kurpitsa, keskisuuri oranssi Sweet mama F1 fybridi sekä pienehkö vihreä Muscat de Provence. Lisäksi kasvaa vähän kaikkea: porkkanaa, naurista, herneitä, härkäpapua, sipulia useita eri lajikkeita ja tietysti monivuotiset kasvit.




I have three this kind of hotbeds filled with horse manure and topped with compost. These babies have been here two weeks and growing well. This week we've been blessed with some rain, so everything is growing now better. Especially potatoes have been suffering lack of rain. I have to carry all the water from the faucet near by and my focus has been in hotbeds, raised beds and in my pea plantation.

Kolme tällaista kompostikehikkoa on täytetty hevosen lannalla ja päällä on tavallista kompostimultaa. Lämpopeti toimii loistavasti antaen lisälämpöä ja energiaa sitä rakasville kurpitsoille. Uskalsin laittaa  kaksi kurpitsaa kuhunkin laatikkoon, mikä tietenkin tarkoittaa reilua kastelua. Puutarhurin hauiksia koetellaankin, sillä joudun kantamaan kaiken palstalle tulevan veden lyhyen matkan päässä olevasta hanasta.




This is my next project. Create better storage area for canes and sticks - basicly all the things that I need and what I have now at the allotment. But to do so I have to bring some tools for my bilding project.
Tässä on seuraava projekti - Kunnollinen säilytystila palstalla jo oleville kepeille, tikuille ja kaarille, niille joita tarvitaan vaikkakaan ei juuri nyt. Kompostin ja majan väliin haluaisin jonkinlaisen hyllyn mahdollisille ruukuille ja ravinteille. Haasteena on saada alueesta samalla sekä toimiva että siisti, sillä istuma-alue on aivan vieressä.

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