Yes production has ramped up in the vegetable zone so that now the climbing beans are being harvested, along with the cucumber (too many for us to eat, so some being given away), broad beans (just about finished), climbing beans (looking a lot better now), mangetout peas (the first plants will soon need replacing), raspberries (providing some for most breakfasts) and the tomatoes just started (one of the small varieties in the greenhouse). The strawberries have also been producing pretty well over the last couple of weeks and we’ve had several pounds of fruit, but now that flush is over. There are a few flowers on the plants now so there will be some more.
The courgettes (2 plants only this year planted out) will be producing soon and the tomatoes will soon be arriving in real quantity, especially if the wether stays sunny.
Over the last couple of weeks it has been mostly fine with rain just at the right moment when the garden was getting a bit dry. In fact one useful shower arrived just after I’d finished watering the whole garden! Typical!
The ‘salad’ bed continues to be poor. A few radishes only, more beetroot, a few Swiss chard – growing very slowly, a few pak choi (trying to flower), and a row of mixed lettuce – not too good in the middle. A row of ‘mixed leaves’ planted a while ago has failed to appear though. Nothing yet ready for harvest.
The kale has grown well though:
The garlic leaves have all laid down now and are ready to harvest – I just need to check for a few days of dry weather so they can dry properly.
I’ve planted on of the four cucamelons that germinated out under the ‘door’ protection (where two cucumbers and one of the courgette plants are placed) and another is in a big pot in the greenhouse. Not decided what to do with the others yet though.
The climbing beans have finally started to produce and look a lot better.
The bed of cauliflowers planted as a bit of an experiment has actually been producing heads of cauliflower, though not all look like ‘normal’ cauliflower as it was a mixed selection – we’ll need to see what they taste like.
The tomatoes are just starting to produce now, with some in the greenhouse ripe (zuchero) and others outside just turning.
Meanwhile, since my last post we have had the annual ‘open gardens’ weekend for our area and several hundred people tamped through the garden over tow days and mostly seemed to be sort of impressed.