|Below: Turnip growing in containers.|
After my initial problems with turnip bolting I'm finally managing to harvest. The pack recommends harvesting at golf ball size which is the one pictured just pulled from the soil. I was a bit worried the bigger ones would taste bitter but I did a raw taste test and they seemed fine... so they're now cooking in a casserole for dinner.
Variety: Turnip 'Purple Top Milan', Mr Fothergill's seeds, £1.49.
|Kale Curly Scarlet; Seed sown indoor 8 April 2012. I'm not too fond of the texture but since I've very little else to harvest, tonight I'll stir fry curly kale with onion.|
|Above: carrots sown in the wheelbarrow are finally growing.|
Below: this is what happens when the drainage holes get clogged - and it rains almost every day!
|Bean plant - one of the better looking plants but not producing much.|
|Courgettes might just decide to produce - finally!|
Below: Patty pan squash.
On the slug front - after safari hunting and experimenting with various home made traps (with the help of my 11 year old garden helper), I've gone back to beer traps. In one night, from 8 beer traps there were 42 slugs drowned. I managed to buy beer at 58pence per can. It took 2 cans of beer to fill 8 traps - at a total cost of 3pence per slug. A bargain especially if we manage to catch more slugs tonight from the same beer!
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