Sunday, 10 June 2012

Plants and stuff: Definitive listing 2012

Roughly a year ago I did a blogpost listing all the plants that we were growing in out back garden here in Walthamstow. In the pre-ramble I was pondering whether in the years of going to gigs I'd actually seen 1,000 bands. Sadly, over on the gig listing site, Songkick, that sort of quantity information just isn't visible.

Anyhoo, back to gardening, with a year's worth of experience, learning what works in our garden and what doesn't, its all blooming right now, and I thought it about time do do another role call of what's growing
  1. Apple - cooking
  2. Basil
  3. Basil - red
  4. Beetroot
  5. Blueberry
  6. Butternut squash
  7. Chives
  8. Cornflower
  9. Cottage Pink Iced Gem
  10. Dead bathroom tree
  11. Irises
  12. Lavender
  13. Mint
  14. Oregano
  15. Parsley
  16. Parsnips - one variety
  17. Parsnips - another variety
  18. Peppers
  19. Poppy
  20. Potatoes
  21. Pumpkin - Atlantic Giant
  22. Pumpkin - dwarf
  23. Random red tree stolen from work
  24. Raspberry
  25. Rhubarb
  26. Rosemary
  27. Sage
  28. Sweetcorn
  29. Thyme
Crikey, twenty nine different types of plant, the same number as this time last year, but a different mix, still enough for a decent balanced meal.

No tomatoes this year as we seem to have late blight in the soil which just makes the them rot. Late blight also affects the potatoes, but if I harvest them before September, they should be okay.

The parsnips won't be good to eat until next year, and likewise the sweetcorn won't have any cobs until next summer, but its nice to watch it grow.

The apple tree is doing better than last year, the fruit are bigger and more numerous. I'm not sure whether they'll grow big enough to eat, but it still an improvement over the falling foetal buds of last  year.


  1. hi dere... this is maybe a stupid question, but what happened to your other blog? Did someone else take it over?

  2. I had a bit of a crisis of faith, and took it off-line. Also there were about half a dozen other blogs on the go on tumblr, posterous and wordpress.

    Then at a bloggers meetup thing I had an epiphany, I should pick an easily memorable blog name and copy all the blog posts I'd written for the past few years into one place.

    And if readers don't like it then sod 'em, and if google's search algorithms don't like it then sod 'em.

    Writing the blog is an end unto itself, rather than a means to an end to attract readers/customers/friends.

    Whilst its nice when people visit the site and when the list of phone box libraries page goes viral in Russia, its not the point of the blog. The point is just to get the stuff spinning round in my head out so I can stuff thinking about it.