Monday, August 12, 2013
August - pics
Despite the favourable conditions, some plants are still relatively slow to fruit. However there are tomatoes galore, pity is they are still all green!
I have a beautiful vine growing, they seem to be some kind of huge pear shaped tomato, I must save seed as they are very vigourous and heavy cropping:
There is another particularly successful tomato, which I am thinking is actually MoneyMaker, from Lidl!
I have seen the butternut starting to fruit: this little beggar was hiding under the leaves:
The late cucumber I sowed in June to have a late fruiting vine is growing very well. I am just hoping it will not have fruit ready until we come back from holidays!
As for pumpkins - I think this is an Uchiki Kuri type - won't know until it changes colour! Otherwise it is a Golden Nugget.
And this one seems to have an attraction for the irises! It has decide to fruit right in the middle of them! I guess at least it will be out of harm's way...
In other news, the potatoes have all been harvested, except the Pink Fir Apples that are still growing. I am still regularly cutting Swiss Chard and leaf beet and harvesting courgettes and we have also eaten our first carrots (very exciting that one!). The Brussel sprouts and cabbages are doing very well. I made a late sowing of kale, mizuna, lettuce, radish and turnip, and am just hoping that we will get enough rain during my hols to keep them moist.
Monday, August 05, 2013
I had this down as a cucumber but now I have doubts. Maybe some kind of lemon cuke?
The fruit was actually stuck in the plastic bottle used for watering! I had to break the bottle to get it out.
Any ideas on what this is???
And a baby fruit just forming:
Trouble is, as I am unsure of what it is, I don't know whether or not to pick it!!!
A great year for tomatoes, after all the blight of previous years!
I have 14 plants including a nice plant of small salad tomatoes;
Then there are the yellow tomatoes, which have an odd flat shape. They have a beautiful citrus flavour though:
And some odd shaped ones which I think are called a Coeur d'Albenga. They are all from saved seed:
It would be nice if they could hurry up and ripen! We are starting to eat the yellows and some cherry tomatoes too.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
As the evenings are long and warm, there is little better than pottering around the veg garden. Doing those little jobs that nag at you but usually you are too busy doing something else.
Like ripping out the bind weed that had started climbing over the cabbage netting (it really is an insidious bastard), like ripping out the weeds that is pretending to be Jerusalem artichoke plants but I know better (I've now spotted the real ones as they are growing and all imitators shall be buggered).
Like adding fertiliser and compost to the tomatoes, peppers, squashes, beans.
And watering, endless watering again.
Still, I came home with a handful of beans, 6 sticks of rhubarb (that's it now, time to stop picking) and raspberries.
The greatest treasure though were 2 small tomatoes!!! Not because of their flavour, which was nothing to write home about but because they mean that the other tomatoes on the other plants will soon be ripening too! The tomatoes are quite varied this year: long Roma tomatoes, two cherry tomatoes (but not especially bushy types or perhaps I pruned them better than usual!), at least one beefsteak and one I think will give a striped tomato. The largest plant is laden with smaller salad type tomatoes but I have no clue as to the varieties this year. They are surprise tomatoes!!!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Photos July 2013
At last a few photos!
My lovely Imperial Green longpod broad beans! A wonderful harvest of those.
You can see here how tall they got:
The peppers are doing pretty well, some have tiny fruit on them:
The first tomatoes - I was starting to give up hope of ever having a tomato crop again after 2 years of blight. But these are looking very strong.
Some lovely cucumbers, they seem to enjoy the hot weather.
The squash are doing particularly well. I have butternuts, 3 courgettes (green, yellow and patty pan) a Pink Banana, a mystery squash (will know when it grows) and a red Uchiki pumpkin.
hot hot hot
The weather after so much rain and cold has now gone to a different extreme and we are having our third week of hot dry conditions. Which means back to watering...
The garden seems to thrive though. The garlic is harvested and dried and ready to plait, the broad beans have one more crop left in them, onions are almost ready and the French beans have started to crop. The tomatoes are doing really well and I hope to have ripe fruit really soon. After two years with only blight to show it will be a relief! I have pics but no time tonight to load them.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
It's still a funny old summer. Temperatures are extremely variable,
depending on the cloud cover yet there is reasonably high humidit.
Sounds unfortunately like perfect blight weather. Still, the tomatoes
seem to be holding their own. I have decided that at least one has
turned out to be a cherry type, as one is decidedly bushy compared to
the others. It's looking like a Gardener's delight although could also
be a Roma plum. Remember that i could not label them this year so it's
all down to luck what comes up! I sprayed them again yesterday with
bordeaux mixture so they are nicely blue now. The poppies next to them
are dying down so I will cut them away so the tomatoes have maximum
airflow. I have been much more successful this year in staking and tying
them, and they have more room for each plant.
The courgettes too are
doing very well, there are some flowers and I hope to have fruit
starting soon. the butternuts are also flowering.
I am still
harvesting the new potatoes, there is a very large quantity of them this
year and the flavour is excellent. I also started picking the broad
beans - what a harvest! I took only the very largest pods from the base
of the plant, there are many many more still developing and I still had a
small plastic bag full! I might actually get to freeze some this year.
runner beans have germinated, some better than others, I will have to
fill in the gaps! I still have to sow new rows of French beans this
weekend, and I will do more climbers in July. I am hoping they will
develop either before my holidays or once we get back!
parsnips do not seem to have germinated... It is quite late but I think I
will try to put in another row and see what happens. Not sure how to
get them to work really.
The salads I planted out seem to have taken
despite a drier few days, and the beetroots that I transplanted have
now sprung back quite well.
As for fruit, the raspberries are
showing the first white baby berries, so I should have ripe fruit soon.
The gooseberries are starting to turn red, must keep an eye on them. The
strawberries have finished their first flush, they need tidying,
weeding and fertilizing for the next crop which should be in July.
the odd weather, the plants are growing quite well. Next tasks will be
to find some leek plants, and to continue sowings of beets, autumn
carrots, beet spinach, winter brassicas, beans and plant out the late
sowings of cukes and courgettes that have come through. No rest for the
Monday, June 24, 2013
All the rain these past days has made the weeds grow like mad. Still, at least the veggies are growing too. One of the tomatoes is over 4 feet tall and all have plenty of flowers. I sprayed them with bordeaux mix and prayed that blight would spare them. The broad beans are going to be the best ones ever, they too are tall as trees and covered with bean pods. The runner beans are already up with true leaves on them and the green beans are looking very nice too.
The garlic is almost ready and the bulbs are looking like real beauties this year. Might make up for the hopeless onion situation (onion fly has infested some of the onions).
As June is getting on, I sowed more winter brassicas that had not worked in the first sowing: romanesco, green broccoli, white sprouting broccoli for the spring and red and white winter cabbage. The autumn cabbage and brussel sprouts I planted last week have taken splendidly, under netting. I also sowed some lettuce, rocket, basil and new beetroots.
I struggled home with over 2kg of potatoes, 10 sticks of rhubarb and a lettuce and handfuls of mizuna.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Written 6 juin:
The sudden appearance of a large hot object in the sky which has
scarcely been seen for months (think the old 'uns used to call it "The
Sun), has increased temperatures and made the garden flourish (as well
as weeds and grass!). However the sudden heat is causing a lot of
instability weather wise: I hope that there will not be any storms that
might wreck the tenders that are coming on nicely now.
Still to plant and sow:
The 8 sweet peppers still on the windowsill!
A new row of beetroot
French beans and the runner beans (very late this year but I think thay
catch up pretty quickly in the warm weather - I will try to space out
the sowing this time and see if they will give into the autumn).
French marigolds that I grew from seed
Plant out the seedlings of romanesco, calabrese and summer chard that are waiting in the seedbed.
Must buy some brussel sprouts and leek plants, as my sowings were a disaster
Peas but sparsely and some are not germinating very well. Could be because of the unstable weather?
Broad beans (splendidly! and not even an aphid in sight yet!)
French beans just peeking through the ground
Perpetual spinach just germinated
carrots have actually germinated well!!! maybe they like it cooler?
Onions coming on well, all alliums in fact
Potatoes: earlies soon ready
tomatoes and squash and cukes have taken root well and are growing. The
tomatoes are looking good, must be Bordeaux sprayed this weekend.
Strawberries (delicious and abundant crop)
Spring onions (from sets! Finally cracked the best way to do it!)
Hope everyone else is doing as well!
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