Hopefully football is coming home as I have England in the pub sweepstake, but whether it does or doesn't the veg finally is.. Looking back on previous years it seems to be a long time coming!
As you can see the courgette silly season is upon us. These plants were labelled as Long Green Bush 2 marrows, but after a heated argument with Heather and a quick Google I have to admit, they look more like courgettes, I'm assuming Zucchini, although I didn't plant any this year. Mental note to self, don't throw out seed packets just because they are empty!
The spuds are Charlottes, I haven't tried them yet but the report from people I gave them to is that they were very nice. We also have Foremost, I've had some of those and they are lovely.
The radishes have stopped growing in this heat but a few turnips have come through so I'm using those in salads instead, they taste pretty similar. I've also been putting in matchstick cut golden beetroot which works very nicely. The salad bowl lettuces are still growing, one has bolted now but they should keep in salad despite the heat.
I've tried sowing half a row of lettuce and radish in the little bit of shade offered by the asparagus bed, they still get in the evening but are protected from the worse of the midday sun. They are coming up so we'll see if it helps.
The other courgettes will be ready for harvesting soon, we won't let them get too big this year.
These are Black Beauty, a slight exaggeration as they are really dark green, this is the first one so I'll be trying it at the weekend.
The long yellow and green varieties are nearly there but so far none of the yellow scallops have fruited, only male flowers.
This little beauty is the first of hopefully many cucumbers, a Marketmore. I also have Burpless Tasty Green but they were slightly behind, hopefully this means a staggered crop though. Love a home grown cucumber.
Tomatoes are slowly producing trusses and starting to set. I replaced the canes with something stronger in readiness for a huge crop, fingers crossed.
The dwarf beans are just starting to set. The purple flowers are very pretty, these are Amethyst and were really good last so we're looking forward to these.
I've been planning ahead. I don't think we are heading for any kind of watering ban at the moment but just in case the council cuts us off I've filled up a 100 litre water butt which could last a week if used carefully on young plants only. There is no rain due for the next for the next couple of weeks still.
Happy gardening folks
Intersting courgette/marrow conundrum. "Long Green Bush 2" is sold as a marrow, but with the advice to pick young as courgettes 'in order to avoid a glut'. I am growing courgette "All Green Bush" and picking young as courgettes. Any I miss will soon grow into marrows. Both are family members Cucurbita pepo which includes pumpkins and squashes too!
Thanks Mal. I think we will keep picking them as courgettes
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