Mainly Harvesting

Not as much to do in the way of planting and so on at the moment, though I’m sure I should be doing some.

The focus has been mainly on watering and harvesting really. So what has been ready? Well, still picking broad beans and mangetout peas but added on the climbing French beans, carrots, and raspberries (see pic below for what we had with out dinner last Sunday):

Broad beans, carrots mangetout peas and French beans freshly harvested

Broad beans, carrots mangetout peas and French beans freshly harvested

The new raspberry canes are loaded with unripe fruit, but one or two are starting to ripen (see pic below). I did have around a dozen ripe raspberries from the old canes with my breakfast cereal the other morning.

Raspberries ripening

Raspberries ripening

Blueberries and blackcurrants are starting to ripen as well. All the redcurrants have been harvested and eaten now.

Blueberries starting to ripen

Blueberries starting to ripen

 

One of the courgette plants is flowering, as is one of the cucumber plants, but the courgette flowers are all males so far:

Courgette plant with flowers

Courgette plant with flowers

Inside the greenhouse some of the small tomatoes are starting to ripen. Let’s hope we don’t get a rush of ripening – last year my wife spent a lot of time making tomato puree/chopped  tomato for pasta and freezing it to cope with the surplus.

Ripening tomatoes in greenhouse

Ripening tomatoes in greenhouse

Elsewhere, the ‘green manure’ in one of the new raised beds is big enough to dig in now:

Green manure plants - ready to dig in?

Green manure plants – ready to dig in?

Wildlife

While weeding the other day a smooth newt emerged from one of the plants, and after the recent rain there are a lot of baby frogs to be seen:

Smooth newt

Smooth newt

Baby frog

Baby frog

I always have a few teasel plants – they self seed and I let some grow as they are good for bees (flowers) and birds (seeds) – here one of the heads in flower with a bumble bee:

Bumble bee on teasel flower

Bumble bee on teasel flower

Weather

The weather has been mixed, mostly sunny and I have needed to use the hosepipe a few days, but some showrs as well which have been welcome.

 

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