Hot house summer

I don’t know about the rest of you but it’s been a funny old season so far. First off the soft fruit was lush and abundant. My blackcurrant bushes have never been so productive and my neighbours have had a massive glut of strawberries. However, in the rest of the garden things have not been anywhere near so successful, the runner beans on the majority of the plots (including some of our veterans who are normally well into their first harvest by now) are creeping up the canes with lethargic apathy, sweetcorn has come into flower when barely hip high and my cauliflowers, whilst tender and delicious, were barely enough to do a single portion of cauliflower cheese per head. Courgettes are starting to come in but not in their usual rush. I chose a round variety this year called Eight Ball which doesn’t turn overnight into a marrow.

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Fortunately, in the microclimate of the polytunnel, things are thriving. My tomato jungle continues to thrive and is covered in small, ripening, fruit.

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Finally the squash and pumpkin plants I germinated from saved seeds continue to romp across the other side of the tunnel. I keep them in check by lopping off any tendrils that attempt to sneak across the path but it’s an up hill battle and I shall think twice before growing even one pumpkin in the tunnel in future!

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The last sowing of cut and come again salad has to be regularly checked to prevent it from bolting and the mysterious african horned cucumber is setting it’s first fruit so we wait, with bated breath……

Coming soon: Birth of an Empire! Plot 13b joins the Compost and Courgette estate!

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One thought on “Hot house summer

  1. In a way it has been the same here in the North; everything is very late but at the moment the world (and even the garden) is full of wild strawberries, bilberries and (only the garden) ripening cherries. At the same time the peas are only just in bloom while the climbing beans and sweet corn are nowhere near flowering. The greenhouses are almost on normal schedule.
    We grew a vining courgette once in a greenhouse. Never again…

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