Posts Tagged ‘Tomatoes’

I accidentally let a Courgette (Zucchini) get to Marrow size, although I sometimes do this, I so far haven’t let any go past the 1 kg mark, the harvest from last week yielded a Marrow that is sitting somewhere at the 1.85 kg mark!! We still have yet to open it and see if it has gone to seed, if yes are they woody yet? if not, is it soft and still edible? I have seen a recipe online for Stuffed large Courgettes which I would like to give a try …

25 Runner Beans ‘Czar’, 35 Tomato ‘Millefleur’, 2x Italian Vine Tomatoes and the Courgette-Zilla with it’s normal sized cousin. The Millefleur tomatoes are really delicious straight from the bush, this variety will be a mainstay from now on for me.

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Regrets I have, as usual are that I again had plants germinated which I didn’t get in the ground or at least re-potted soon enough, they went to waste and this harvest could have included a good bowl full of various leafy greens for a nice salad … perhaps even an Aubergine or two if I had made good effort to get my polytunnel finished at least two months ago.

In the above photo’s you can see the prolific fruiting of the Tomato ‘Millefleur’ variety, we have had a pretty weak summer this year and I suspect that this variety will do much better in hotter summers.
I am very, very chuffed to say that I Finally got a Watermelon forming, the little ball really expanded quite a bit in the last day or two since I first spotted it (there looks to be another forming on one of the other plants too 🙂
Since it is so late in the season to even think of the watermelon doing well at all, I just need to get the polytunnel finished and work on adding heat mass temporarily into the tunnel to counter the inevitable cold nights that are very close around the corner -by heat mass I mean large rocks / bricks etc to absorb the sun’s radiation during the day to release slowly at night, the Watermelon Variety is bred for a short season so hopefully by October it can be harvested
One or two flowers from the one surviving Melon seem to be selling too so hopefully something is going on there as well …

It was a clear day (mostly) and everything in the pond was highly visible almost down to the bottom, my Oxygenating plants have grown so much I can start selling them in small batches now (the Water Mint is also sending shoots out in every direction, looks like I may have to sell a pond starter package online?), today I spotted the regular frog then suddenly a smaller one popped out from the same hiding place!

The pond has been swamped with Water Skaters, I saw two who found a lonesome Woodlouse to munch on. Today I managed to add some Onions into my last outdoor sowings of Carrots (the Carrots were seeded about two weeks ago – the Onions were placed where seeds failed to Germinate), planting a few Onions between and around your Carrots will confuse Carrot Root Fly – for those of you who are new to this, it’s called a few names worldwide – most commonly, Companion Planting or Intercropping.

I planted these onions knowing it is too late for them, but two things could happen here;
1: They will be a reasonable size once they need pulling out, so can be used as Salad Onions or
2: If small enough, they can be lifted to be stored to dry out, then I can use them to start early in my polytunnel for large Spring time Onions
3: They will survive at least most of the length of the Carrots’ life, so they will have fulfilled their purpose if they only provide the distracting scents

The Globe Artichokes ‘Cynara cardunculus’ a non edible variety of Globe Artichoke which is used mainly for ornamental reasons, are doing well it seems. All three are sending out fresh shoots including the one I planted in the very beginning (About 4 month’s ago when I got granted the land) -the most recent ones are scavenged from another plot which is vacant, I don’t want to find out that new tenants thought it was a weed and decided to kill them off …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My ….. it dawned upon me today that we are already one month down in 2015!! Then I remembered – and asked myself: ”Isn’t there something you are (were) supposed to sow in January ? ?” …. Ah yes! My first ever sowings were in January 2012 and it was Red Cabbage. So surely I can sow other vegetables too? (I only recommend Red Cabbage if you have the space and patience to wait that long to harvest!!), my mind went blank so I had to consult the Internet! Haha

Sowing the upcoming Season's Seeds

Sowing the upcoming Season’s Seeds

I decided to skip my usual site I use as a ‘sowing calendar’ just to see what others are saying, I came across someone saying it’s good to sow Tomatoes in November to December / January! So skipped her and read a couple more. I decided to go back to my main trustworthy site and this is what I have started this evening:

  1. Aubergines – also known as: Egg Plant or Brinjal
  2. Sweet Peppers
  3. Tomatoes
  4. That was it for today but I remembered that I have a couple of beneficial plants that I wanted to get started early, these are: Poached Egg Plant (Limnanthes Douglasii) and Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), read up on the multiple benefits of Wild Teasel Here, with Poached Egg Plant, it is said to be one of the earliest flowering plants in the UK and obviously serves as a kickstarter for the pollinators, you can also germinate more towards the end of summer to have ongoing flowers into Autumn. For the Teasel, I scattered many seeds in a tray, these were harvested at the beginning of Autumn from the wild so I am not sure about the viability however,if many plants sprout I do intend on going into my local area and plant some of them in the ”Guerrilla Gardening” way. With the Poached Egg Plant, I sowed about 1 seeds and extra plants may be a gift to the neighbours and the local bees! 😉

Other vegetables possible to sow now are some varieties of Brussels Sprouts, Winter Salads, Oriental Greens and Round Seeded Peas (Ones that do not appear wrinkled when dry)

Happy Sowing! …