Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Wigwammery, strange finds & a radish recipe (Sunday's work)

Remember my nursery snaps from earlier? Well, I went ahead and made a wigwam like the ones I'd seen. My join was a bit higher up than the ones I saw but I am pretty happy with the sturdiness of it. Last year the plants pretty much toppled the A-frame shape I made - *pic here*!
I used 8 canes, tying it together with string. I also added some string around the base to stop the canes from moving outwards with the weight of the plants when they get bigger. To support them as they grow, I made this star-shape. It will also guide the 2 black-eyed susan vines out to the canes. I got them to grow with the beans as they're so pretty. Nick thinks it looks a little cult-ish but was impressed with the wigwam itself :) So, there are 8 runner bean plants. Will see how they do.

In front of the wigwam, I planted two rows of self-blanching celery. I gave up trying to get the seeds I had to germinate.

I also planted some 'diablo' dahlias surrounded by celariac. There are 2 identical beds like this.

Whilst I was weeding the 2nd bed to prep for planting, I had a very random find. This rotten egg was in the soil! I wonder how it got there.

So, now the 'road end' bed is looking quite good. I also did lots of raking. It will look great once everything is established. I have some purple sprouting broccoli to go in, spring onions and some leeks. I've read up on how to plant the leeks out as my lot last year just died. I know my error now - not planted deep enough. Gonna get the dibber out :)

I also needed to do something with the 1st batch of radishes I harvested. I thought perhaps pickling would be something to try. I found a recipe and made up a batch.

I have to say, the end result looks disgusting in this photo! I am yet to try any yet. The recipe sounds tasty though :) It's all foamy as instead of getting a bowl to mix the vinegar, sugar and soy, I shook it together in the jar. The proof is in the eating I guess!

  • 20 radishes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tblsp soy sauce
  • 3 tblsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tblsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

    1. Clean the radishes and cut off both ends - make 2 or 3 small slashes on each one to allow the pickle to infuse, but keep whole.

    2. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 5 mins.

    3. Mix the soy sauce and vinegar in a separate bowl, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. (This is where I shook the ingredients together in the jar.)

    4. Pour the pickle mix over the radishes and finally dribble in the sesame oil.

    Store in the fridge.


Jo said...

I've always grown my beans up wigwams and they've been really sturdy. Your allotment is looking great, you've put in a lot of work and it shows, well done. I've heard of others finding eggs buried in the soil too.

Carolyn said...

I love the way you've done your wigwam. I've put my french beans under a "ridge tent" frame with strawberries in the gaps but will be doing a hazel wigwam for my sweet peas - may well borrow your string idea! And Jo's right - you've obviously put a huge amount of work into your allotment and it looks fab!