Well the weather has been rather variable over the last couple of weeks with showers between sun. I suppose the upside is that I’ve only had to get the hosepipe out once to water the vegetables and that was a couple of days ago and then it poured the day after! Temperatures understandably have been rather up and down
The harvesting has carried on since my last post and the broad beans are now pretty much finished, and in fact I’ve pulled up half the plants already.
Elsewhere, the tomatoes are doing fairly well with large tomatoes in the greenhouse just waiting for them to ripen.
The first tomatoes to ripen are in the container outside the kitchen and I guess I’ll be trying at least one of them in the next couple of days.
The plants outside the greenhouse are looking pretty good with tomatoes already growing on the largest plants
The pepper plants in the greenhouse at producing, or at least the ‘de cayenne’ ones are, still green of course but hopefully will fully ripen eventually
The gooseberries from the two bushes near the redcurrants, and from the two ‘compact’ bushes I bought earlier in the year have all been harvested and are now in the freezer waiting for a decision as to what to do with them – jam or pie!
Another harvest under way now is from the bean bed, with the dwarf/french beans now producing and the climbing beans just starting to produce.
The courgettes and squashes haven’t yet produced anything, but it looks as if there will be one courgette to harvest this week – the courgette glut is coming…..
However, the cucumber plant in the greenhouse has been producing small but tasty cucumbers over the last few weeks and looks like it will continue for a while at least. There is one plant in the courgette/squash bed which is flowering but it will be a couple of weeks at least before anything useful comes from it.
Another set of fruit bushes that have just started to produce are the blueberries. There are four in containers around where the blackcurrants are (by the way ‘all’ the blackcurrants were harvested a week ago and they amounted to less than a handful) of which 3 are producing plus two ‘dwarf’ bushes in the new fruit bush bed, one of which (the newer one) is producing. I have to make sure I keep on top of harvesting them or the birds will have them!
Finally, I’ve just started pulling the garlic up and setting them to dry in the greenhouse – they are ok but could be bigger I think. Both the autumn and spring planted ones are much the same. Probably quite strong though….
The one animal missing from the wildlife special (see here) was a toad. Typically now I see them all the time seemingly. Anyway I managed to corral one so I could take a photo, although even then it was difficult as it was constantly moving – see below: