Since I’ve been concentrating on our produce I haven’t been mentioning some of the other issues so I thought would just make a few comments.
Firstly, the blackfly attack on the beans seems to have petered out – I haven’t pinched out all the broad beans and many plants are untouched. The few plants that were affected and I had to take the tops off and/or rub out blackfly on the pods seem to have recovered. There were a few on the runners at one point but they seem to have essentially disappeared. So that’s all quite good.
I’m still harvesting broad beans but they will all need shelling now for cooking I think – there are still lots left as well. I suspect my son is going to get pleny of shelling practice!
The french beans grown in a pot in the greenhouse seem to have finished really, they aren’t producing many flowers after teh harvest – but I’ll leave them for a while just in case. The bush french beans outside are more or less at the end of harvesting, but the climbing ones are just getting into full production.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the sweetcorn is quite variable in height with the ones nearer the hedge being the smallest – not sure whether this is a result of dryer soil or shading I’m not sure – we’ll just have to see what ind of cobs the smaller ones produce.
For some reason all the newer salad clops don’t include lettuce, I’ll try and plant some more but I think there will be a hiatus – although the current lettuce crops aren’t bolting much yet so should last a week or two more. Rocket and other salad leaves are now harvest-able from inside the greenhouse – but the outside ones aren’t so good yet.
The peppers in the greenhouse seem less well developed than in previous years, though they are flowering now – but not as tall as I would expect at this stage. Still we’ll see.
Although the last courgette planted outside has finally started to produce a crop (thus adding to the glut…) – the one in the greenhouse is still producing male flowers only – why?
The weeds are really looking good now around the beans and sweetcorn – I really must have a weeding session I suppose – however the hedges and lawn are higher in the queue, plus the blackcurrants are almost ready- that’s an entire family picking session – then coolie or blackcurrant ice-cream – yum.
Anyway, another dry day so I had to use the hosepipe tonight, and give all the tomato plants a feed – and it looks like another sunny day tomorrow – it’s beginning to feel like summer at last…..