Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Though this summer has been mostly cold and wet, the plants are growing at record speed at the moment. Most noticeable the pumpkin patch which is luxuriating on their layer of manure. There are already several pumpkins on there the size of a big grapefruit. It is a bit of a shame that I did not label the seedlings. I have no idea whether the pumpkins are the decorative and hopefully ginormous 'Atlantic Giant' or the small but plentiful edible Japanese variety.


 The seed grown Marigolds are finally in flower. This is what they were supposed to be, a creamy yellow with double flowers but just as many came up as singles or bright oranges, not that I mind. They are grown more for the insects and pest control than for decorative value.

I am also dealing with a serious cauliflower glut. In very early spring I bought four little plugs and they have become monster heads enough to feed a small army. Two have been transformed into dinner but the other tow need to be harvested soon as well. My only surviving seed grown purple cauliflower might not be as big as the giant whites but it is quite ready to be harvested. I wonder whether it will keep its colour when it is cooked.

The 'Three Sisters' area with the corn, pumpkin and runner beans is doing nicely. The corn has finally stopped sulking and started growing and there is absolutely no way you can stop the pumpkins even if you tried. Next year I might consider a slightly more sturdy support for the runner beans that doesn't blow over every second.

Speaking of runner beans, the flowers are quite glorious. I have them in pure red, red and white and pure white.

The Chenopodium is growing well... giganticum and the single leftover Amaranth is also getting nice and big.

The sweet peas are a great success. I have a continual supply of lovely fragrant flowers and they are getting more and more plentiful. It wouldn't surprise me if I moved up from two to three jam jars full of them pretty soon. In the picture my favourite variety which is naturally the most scarce.

The Brussels Sprouts are getting big and it is almost time to plant out the seedlings of an exciting Brussels sprout cross.

The endive is growing like a trooper and I should probably think up some summery dishes with this veg which I always considered a winter leaf.

The fennel is looking lovely and airy, very decorative must be said.

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