|"Charlotte" (L) and "Kestrel" (R)|
The Broad Beans were great, and you probably saw my recent posts about harvesting onions and carrots, but right now I repeatedly find myself silently urging the crops to hurry up!
My tomato plants are heaving with fruit and I really don't want to lose it to blight, so this is the crop most urgently in need of ripening.
As long as disease stays away, I should have a huge crop of "Maskotka".
|"Maskotka" - nearly there!|
"Sungold" is showing signs of ripening too. My plant has 5 big trusses of fruit - two of them forked or double trusses.
Actually both of those varieties have been beaten to the winning-post by "Losetto", which has produced this one lone ripe fruit:
I have so far picked only two ripe "Passandra" cucumbers, and unfortunately some of the tiny embryonic ones have shrivelled and died - possibly as a result of non-pollination, or maybe the prolonged heat?
Fortunately, the other cucumber plant ("Diva") has finally condescended to produce some female fruit, so maybe it will "pick up the baton", as it were.
The Courgette plant has given us four fruits so far, and we have eaten them in a couple of different ways (most recently in a courgette and cheese omelette). Neither of us is particularly keen on courgettes, but I have to say that when they are home-grown and dead fresh they are "not bad"!
The plant is in fine form and has lots more fruit coming along, so I can afford to pick them young.
I'm very impatient to start picking Runner Beans, but I'll have to wait a few more days yet. We had some rain yesterday, which will have done the beans (and everything else) some good. If the plants are thirsty, the pods don't set well, nor do they swell properly.
I haven't had any ripe chillis yet, but most of my plants have lots of green fruit now. This is the experimental / new one from Victoriana Nursery Garden, that used to be temporarily called "Challock Chilli", but it now has an official name - "Fat Bird".
The Beetroot is nearly there too. The roots are about golf-ball size at present, but I want them to be a little bigger before I start using them. This year I have two short rows of them - one long variety called "Cylindra" and one round variety, my old favourite "Boltardy".
I have got more Radishes on the go now, both alongside my newly-planted PSB and also in a couple of the pots that used to hold potatoes.
I've never in the past been successful with growing Radishes in pots, but maybe this time I will be. For a start, the pots are filled with soil, not compost. In the Spring Radishes take several weeks to mature, but in July I reckon they could be ready within a month from sowing. Certainly the warm weather will help, and I'm making sure to keep them well watered.
These "Long Red Florence" onions are steadily getting bigger (not quickly enough for my liking, of course).
|"Long Red Florence"|
Lettuce hasn't had much of a mention recently, even though we eat some of it 2 or 3 times a week. I'm struggling to keep up the supply with only half a raised red available for it this year, and lots of the plants bolting in the hot weather. This week I planted a few more, and sowed another batch of seeds.
|"Tom Thumb" and "Little Gem"|
For now though, just a little more patience is required...