Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Back from the Sunny South

I'm back from Kent, and now that the children are back at school (yay!) I might have some time to write something. Even though the nights are getting darker and the mornings are definitely getting chillier, there is still plenty going on at the allotment - runner beans, courgettes, pumpkins, sweet peas, and carrots are still going strong. However, I thought I would post some of my pictures of my in-laws garden. As you can see they are lucky enough to have their own Kent Cob tree, which faithfully produces an abundance of cob nuts (a particularly yummy type of hazelnut) each year. In my local supermarket cob nuts cost about £8 kg. We are lucky to get loads for nothing. The best thing about it is that you don't have to do anything except harvest them!

They also have a damson (Prunus domestica) tree. I'm not at all jealous, honest. I have kept some of the stones and was thinking of attempting to grow one of my own, however I have read that they don't start bearing fruit until they are about 15 years old.

Lastly, they also have an apple tree, although I don' know what variety. I really wish I had a nice big garden to grow trees in. Oh well, maybe one day.


  1. Could you squeeze some trees in pots into your garden. It's the only way I could fit fruit trees in mine.

    1. I don't have a garden, I have a backyard (or sideyard in my case). I have grown trees in pots before. I have an oak tree that I planted in my parents backyard when I was a teenager. It has spent its life growing happily in an old sink and is now about 7 feet tall! I might have a go at growing the damson in a big pot.