Each meal now consists mostly of our own vegetables. The broad beans have finished, not a great success, but the french and runner beans will be ready to pick very soon. Courgettes are coming thick and fast, although they aren't growing as quickly as previous years when you only had to turn your back on a courgette for it to become marrow size. Talking of which we have picked our first marrow and have another of a similar size to pick tonight. I think we will use these for stuffed marrow and keep the later ones until the apples are ripe and make chutney.
Photo: The first of the marrows and a few courgettes
The gherkins, a first for this year, have been very successful, the recipe for pickling them- not so. We only grew a few early potatoes this year and now wish we had grown more. They have cropped well, are of a good size and have a nice waxy texture ideal for salads. At the weekend we cut back the hulmes. We are still pulling carrots, turnips and beetroot and have more to follow. Leeks and sprouts have been transplanted. The parsnips seem to be doing OK. Lettuce as always keeps growing, the first cucumber is almost ready, the tomatoes have still to ripen.
Top left to right.. . Runners, with new plants following on the empty canes, next to them sprout plants, french beans, turnips, carrot, parsnips and beetroot. A small patch of newly planted leeks nearest to the path. Below the leeks the potatoes with hulmes removed Below the empty canes are the salad and herb crops hidden by the massive courgette leaves.To the right of the courgettes the gherkins, above them the squash, marrow and cucumber plants.Next to the gherkins are the red onions, the shallots, which are ready to harvest and then more onions. In the bottom corner just out of the photo, the rhubarb.
The outdoor toms 'Red Alert' have plenty of fruit, the ones in the greenhouse 'Sweet million and Gardeners Delight' I am disappointed in. Maybe they will still come good.
Considering the difficult weather conditions of late the garden is doing alright. As always some successes and some failures but overall worthwhile.