14 October 2009

queensland blues

My favourite winter squash has to be the Queensland Blue, with its deliciously dense flesh and beautiful colouring. I managed to crop just three this year along with one small Crown Prince. Some years they are really steely blue - these ones have not quite reached that point.

I want to do better than this next year. I still have not quite got to grips with the soil at Mudchute, what with the aminopyralid and the magnesium deficiency and the general lack of organic matter. So we have been working in sharp sand and adding seaweed and will be adding some flowers of sulphur and lots of leaf mould and compost over the winter. And as soon as the clocks go back, there will be some serious planning going on...

3 comments:

Rattling On said...

They're rather nice!
I'm diversifying into dandelion growing. The neighbours must think I'm mad as I was out first thing picking a crop for a colleague's tortoise. Unlike me she has no weeds in her garden...

kristina said...

Sounds like you'll have the most amazing soil by next season! And I must convince G to grow some Queensland Blue. There were a few around the allotments this year and I do love that pale grayish-green color... K x

j said...

Garden planning + talking about garden plans + reading about garden plans = pure delight.

I will put in a good word for dandelions. Good for you and a sunnier, happier looking flower you couldn't find. Tortoises know what they are about.