A big update with pictures to bring things more or less up to date.
All things in no particular order :
Tomatoes – the ones near the kitchen are doing ok – there are four in the container, but the two I grew from seed (tumbling tom) are well behind the two I bought (sweet ‘n neat – bush type & ‘orange zinger’ a cherry tomato type) – the latter being a main step type see below:
Tomatoes outside the kitchen – the tall one if the ‘orange zinger’ with fruit already set
Outside the greenhouse two growbags have the later germinators (marmande and 2 x pomororo) and they are still relatively small but the RH bag (2 x pomodoro & giulietta) are now big with well developed fruit (see below)
Well developed plants outside the greenhouse
Inside the greenhouse, all the plants bar one have been ‘stopped’ as they have got enough trusses or have reached the roof and several have fruit but not ripening yet (see below). They are at the point where watering with tomorite is now a regular job. There is more of a mixture of types – ailsa craig, marmande, pomodoro and giulietta. The odd mixture is a result of the rather peculiar germination record this year (lots of pomodoro for instance).
Full size omatoes in the greenhouse
Greenhouse tomatoes developing well
The pepper plants in the greenhouse again were late germinators and only one – a sweet pepper (gourmet) is growing well but still yet to produce flowers. All the others, mostly chilli type (prairie fire), are still rather small and only a couple have been repotted into big pots yet.
Not much else in the greenhouse apart form some house flower cuttings and a set of helianthemums waiting to go out into the garden.
Elsewhere the garlic plants have all collapsed (weather) though they don’t actually look to be ready yet:
Garlic bed – but are they ready?
The mangetout on the other hand are ready and producing plenty of pods – I added two new rows in the last week or so to keep production going.
Mangetout – now producing
The dwarf beans are growing ok (?) after initial attacks by pigeons, but are yet to produce flowers.
The climbing beans are flowering and I can see there are at least two types but I don’t know what types they are. I just hope they produce well unlike the ones I grew last year.
I have one cucumber plant growing well under the glass – a ‘mini’ I bought as germination of the cucumber seeds was poor – the one plant that I did grow from seed is now in ‘special care’ as it was attacked by slugs. Two courgettes did germinate (‘atena’, the yellow one) though and both plants are under the glass and we have had one small courgette already with more to come soon.
‘Mini’ cucumber with courgette flowers beyond
The broad beans however are a bit of a disaster area. Poor germination from the ones planted in the ground in the first place but even the ones produced in the greenhouse are not producing pods. They are tried and tested varieties I’ve grown before as well (the sutton and aguadulce) we haven’t had a meal from them yet. Some sutton plants don’t have a single bean pod or flower on them for instance.
Broad bean plants
One bed I’ve planted up with salad crops only a couple of weeks ago has seedlings through, but it is netted to keep away the pigeons. It’s a mixture of salad leaves, lettuce, turnip and radish.
The carrots have been a problem. The first sowing was all eaten by slugs?, the second by slugs & pigeons and the third only a few have survived!
The fruit is doing well despite the weather though. The redcurrants are ready and protected by netting so a picking session is in prospect (we had enough for jam last year) and the gooseberries can’t be far behind.
Gooseberries – ready?
The raspberries have started to ripen so a few have been ready enough to eat already. There are lots on the canes ready to ripen as well
The strawberries which were supposed to produce fruit in succession according to the variety instead seem to have produced some fruit at least all at once! Most eaten now though…
Strawberry plants – with straw!
That’s all on the growing
The trail camera out for a couple of months showed two hedgehogs together and a different fox but no return of the badger.
No squirrels for a few weeks then one appeared this morning.