Friday, 23 July 2010

It's Typical

I go on a holiday for a fortnight later on today. How typical is it that my tomatoes are just starting to ripen? I've got a couple which are already on their way to being red, but not red enough to pick them yet, and many more at the same stage as these, which I'm sure will be ripening before my return. These are Tigerella which are a stripy tomato. Although I like to try different tomatoes every year, I always grow these and Gardener's Delight, a cherry variety, along side them.

This week has seen the first of the second early potato containers emptied. This year I chose International Kidney as my second early. This is the same potato as those grown on Jersey and sold under the name of Jersey Royal, however, only those grown on the island are allowed to be called this, all others are known as International Kidney. I got a great harvest from one container, with many quite large sized potatoes.

We've had some miserable weather this week, quite a bit of rain, though lots of it has been at night. I'm happy to say that the sun is out today, just in time for the start of our holiday. The kids finished school yesterday, today is a teacher training day, and hubby is finishing work early, so we're able to get off early. We're having a week in (hopefully) sunny Devon followed by a week in Somerset, so I hope this sunshine continues. See you all in a fortnight.

18 comments:

  1. Have a lovely holiday.
    We're up the coast in Hampshire and it's been lovely weather recently, we've been lucky that the only rain we have had has been overnight - great for watering the plants and not ruining days out.

    You could always pick some of the tomatoes that you think will ripen over the fortnight and ripen them wherever you're staying or on the dashboard of the car!

    Hope the weather continues to be good, enjoy your break xx

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  2. Have a good holiday Jo - I hope there will be some tomatoes for you when you arrive home. Will someone freeze some for you?

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  3. I think the weather is picking up again Jo, go and enjoy the sunshine!

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  4. Have a wonderful time! Flighty xx

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  5. Tigerella is one of my favourites. Lovely flavour. Enjoy the hols.

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  6. Have wonderful holidays! I would definitely pick those half-ripen tomatoes, they can easily continue ripening after harvesting.
    I wish you a lovely weather in Devon and Somerset and some rain back in the garden, so you don’t worry about watering the plants.

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  7. Have a fab holiday. I hope we get some of your rain whilst you are away as all our veggies and garden are looking a bit sad for themselves.

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  8. Have a great holiday Jo!

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  9. Jo, Have a wonderful vacation! I look forward to hearing from you on your return. Pam

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  10. We harvested the first of our two windowsill tomatoes last weekend. They were so packed with flavour it was incredible! Have a lovely holiday and fingers crossed you'll have some beautiful ripe red tomatoes on your return...

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  11. I love the Tigerella - to be honest i'd be chuffed if mine were ripening at all! I want to have a go at digging my spuds up but keep thinking they need a bit longer, maybe i'll be brave this week. Have a great holiday - Freerangegirlx

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  12. Well I hope you have a good holiday...we are off for just a week of your second week so I pray that we will both have good weather....I have tried some IK potatoes and really liked them so will hope to grow some next year....glad all is going well on the plot and hope you arrive home to some deliciously red tomatoes!!

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  13. I hope you have a great time away and that the sun is shining for you!

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  14. Oh dear I'm too late to wish you a happy holiday before you leave Jo but I hope you are having fun and enjoying the sunshine in the gorgeous West Country.

    Jeanne
    xx

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  15. Hope you have a great hol, fingers crossed youll have some ripe toms waiting for you when you get back!

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  16. Typical isn't it :) Hope that you had a great time Jo. Look forward to hearing all about your travels.

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  17. Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes. We had a lovely holiday and the weather was great. Now it's back to weeding!

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