Yes there has been harvesting over the last couple of weeks at least.
The mangetout peas have been producing quite well and they have been incorporated into cooked dishes as well as in salads.
The broad beans also, there is still one more harvest left I think, although some plants are blackfly affected and I’ve been pinching off the sections that have been attacked rogularly but even some bean pods have had a line of blackfly on them so It’s meant picking with a cloth available to wipe the bean pods.
The fruit bushes and plants have also been producing, with several punnets full of strawberries from the strawberry bed, and one or two from escapee plants established in the nearby border. The other big producer has been the tayberry bush which is producing plenty of berries at the moment ( I had a few with my breakfast cereal this morning). On Sunday I completed harvesting the redcurrants with a second container full – now stored in the freezer waiting for jam making.
The blueberries are starting to colour up now as well and there are one or two raspberries ripening. Although the raspberry harvest isn’t going to be as good as previous years since I think I pruned the wrong canes down to the ground early in the year, and they have only grown a couple of feet high now, but they do have a few fruiting branches.
The success of the tayberry is leading me too think that I might replace some of the raspberry canes with another tayberry.
The five blackcurrant bushes I bought ?last year (or was it the year before) anyway, have had mixed fortunes. one never produced a shoot and was replaced with a bush I had in a container – which is doing fine. One more struggled to produce a shoot this year and seems to have given up just recently. The others are fine, and even bearing fruit, though the total won’t amount to a lot. Next year should be a lot better.
There are some gooseberries ripening on the new ‘compact’ bushes in the fruit bush bed as well as on the established bushes near the redcurrants – may need harvesting soon.
Moving on, the courgettes are flowering, and there was one courgette starting to grow on one of the plants in the ‘protected’ bed, but slugs had a go at it so that’s been removed. I guess we’ll be harvesting at least one in a couple of weeks.
The cucumber plant in the greenhouse has already produced a couple of good cucumbers and there are more growing. The outside plant, in the bed with courgette and squash plants is still just growing up a stake.
The french and climbing beans are just in flower now, ar at least some of them, so again it’ll be a couple of weeks I thinbk before we start harvesting.
The tomatoes are developing well – here are some of the ‘Adam F1’ in the greenhouse
However, the weather has been rather variable and not very summer like recently. In fact the last few days have been very windy and showery with only occasional sunshine. Today it has been rainy and it looks like that will continue for a few more days yet.
That’s all for now….