Back on the hill

Thumbs up for Runner Beans

Thumbs up for Runner Beans

We went up to see how things were going on the hill after an enforced spell at home.

The mound is going from strength to strength with runner beans, leeks, french beans, squashes, carrots and cucumbers  all surviving and thriving. We harvested our potatoes which we grew next to the mound. The yield was poor, about a sack full,  mainly because I had put fabric on the rows with the plants poking through. The fabric restricted the amount of water reaching the plants with some even going to seed. Charlotte and Romano did best- better luck next year.

Hidden squash

Hidden squash

Veg on the Mound

Veg on the Mound

A quick scurry up the hill to see how things were going.The water cube had dried up in the sun but following some rain its full again- lets hope we need it.

Water tank filled up

Water tank filled up

Lucy picked a big bucket of red current off one red current bush.

Red Current harvest

Red Current harvest

Apples on only one tree but we want the trees to strengthen up a bit more before they carry decent amounts of fruit.

Court of Wick Apple Tree

Court of Wick Apple Tree

A damson tree had two branches snapped off, I can only guess that crows or jackdaws have been after the fruit and became too enthusiastic. It seems that the birds have us on their menu as a fruit garden because the black currents have also gone.

Bird damaged damson tree

Bird damaged damson tree

Elsewhere trees have put on good growth even the ones that were nibbled by the cattle last year.

Clover in the guild

Clover in the guild

The guilds are hanging on in there with clover producing a good show plus  lavender, strawberries and even a lupin.

Lavender

Lavender

 

Strawberries in the guild

Strawberries in the guild

One last treat at the top of the hill was to see the pond, Team 157 put in, filling with water and resplendent with a water lilly. Lets hope the frogs like it!

Lilly in the pond

Lilly in the pond

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Back on the hill

  1. Sue Wyble says:

    My name is Sue Wyble and I’m a Pennsylvania State Master Gardener (US) currently working with others to update our training manual.

    By any chance could we use your photo “veg-on-the-mound (1)” in our publication? (posted April 12,, 2013) This would be the perfect image to support our text discussing hill planting. In return, your photographer or organization would be given credit alongside the photo.

    The manual will be printed in full color and available to trainees and educators sometime in late 2016. After that, it will also be available for purchase through Penn State University’s Publication’s web site.

    Please let us know if this is something you could possibly help us with. If so, we will need written permission and the name for the credit in an email (please use the email address I provided in your form).

    Thanks for giving this your consideration.

    Sue

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