Well, the heat of the last week has paid dividends; and I’m stuck into harvesting courgettes in good order. I’ve gone for Tristar, so I’m getting pale green, yellow, and classic dark green fruits. Seems an abundance of pale green at the mo, and as the experienced squash fans will know, if you leave them any time they grow from courgette to blimp, just as your back is turned.
Also managed to start picking the rocket, so I’ve planted more to keep me fed this summer, and the beetroots. Roasted, with rocket (!) and some squishy goats cheese I think. Everything is coming up big time. Just to show you, here are two pictures: the kale etc 2 weeks ago:
And here they are yesterday. Amazing, and one of the reasons I’m really enjoying this.
The tomatoes have made similar progress, so I’ve pinched out as many side shoots as I can find (love the smell of tomato plants, let alone the taste of tomatoes), and as recommended I’m trying to keep off the potatoes (now flowering), until the requisite 90 days have passed. It’s worse than the 2 weeks wait!
I can’t name all my blog posts after non relevant Stones numbers, but I’m sure more dreadful puns will come.
So, summer seems finally to have arrived, taken off it’s coat, and started a good long natter. May trees are out in bloom and clouts have been cast all over the place. I’m gardening in a skirt for starters.
Quick inspection of the plot reveals that:
the potatoes appear to be thriving, so more earthing up (mounding up around the plants) has been done;
runner and French beans look good;
2 of the weaker sweet corn seedlings have bought it;
using a nice felt tip on plastic labels isn’t practical. I can’t read the labels on the rows of parsnips and carrots planted a week or so ago. Fortunately I have pictures, so I can recreate (almost) the correct labelling for the root veg.
As you can see I’ve splashed out and bought a growbag for the cherry tomatoes.
These are in and looking good, hopefully 4 weeks in the mini greenhouse (a tiny plastic one!) will have got them off to a good start.
The beans look pretty perky, a nice row, some pods already on the broad beans to replace the very early one I munched last week.
The string support for asparagus is working, although the lines are not all strictly speaking parallel.
I’ve fitted the proper tap to the water butt; now I can store water rather than relying on help with a hose every now and then, and I’ve sourced a compost bin. Not generated enough dead plant matter yet to warrant it, but it’s only a matter of time.
And the brassica seedlings are coming up a treat. Useful as I’ve finally laid bird protection over Brian (the blond hair now sadly obscured with green horticultural netting) as I’m going to pop them in on Monday. I must also get the salad leaves in, no point considering them as an infill crop if I never get them into the ground.