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Photo shoot with Pippa


by Kay Maguire

I was on a shoot at Pippa's yesterday for the magazine, getting pictures for her vegetable trial series 'Veg with Pippa' and seeing how all her veg is coming along.


Photo shoot with Pippa GreenwoodI was on a shoot at Pippa's yesterday for the magazine, getting pictures for her vegetable trial series 'Veg with Pippa' and seeing how all her veg is coming along. It was a beautiful day but it's been a bit of a difficult year for gardeners thanks to the weather, and for veg growers in particular it's caused all sorts of problems. Pippa's year has been quite up and down (as you'll know if you've been reading her blog) but at least yesterday we got some great shots, of radicchio (to appear in the August edition of the magazine) and beans (the September issue) for drying. A bit of an Italian themed day!

I have never grown either before and didn't realise that radicchio is actually a red form of chicory. I had also always thought of chicory as crisp white leaves but Pippa has also grown what is known as sugarloaf chicory, which had green leaves and a much looser habit. It was more like a lettuce than anything I was picturing in my head.

Beer trap for slugsAll very vulnerable to slug attack and as this year has felt at times as if it's been the year of the slug, it was rather gratifying to see how successful Pippa's beer traps have been!

I have also struggled all summer to get my head round growing beans for drying and when to pick them.

You actually leave them to dry on the plant for as long as you can, but taking care not to let them get damp or they'll rot. There's a bit of a skill to it as we discovered. If you pick them too early, they are still moist and stick to the pod. If you leave them too long they start turning into a brown mush. Pippa has grown both climbing and dwarf beans and those growing closer to the ground definitely need a watchful eye.



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Gardeners' World Web User 14/03/2011 at 16:42

We have got a pond on are allotment and we have just got are first frogs spurn we have hade the pond for three years now and it is the first time we have frog spurn so look out slugs and snails thers frogs about thanks northwood kirkby comunity allotments nr liverpool

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

Kay's right it has been a rather awful year for many crops, but the slugs are stull falling for the beer trick - and I'm collecting them in huge quantities, but more about that in my next blog next week!