We arrived home from our summer holiday on Saturday to glorious sunshine. I wish we'd had a bit of that whilst we were away but something had obviously been making the crops grow and ripening them anyway.
Actually, the Mini Munch cucumbers had just started to produce before we went away so I cut these three, gave a couple to my mum and dad and took one with us.
There was only one cucumber waiting for us on our return but the plants are literally dripping with fruit, there must be a dozen coming on one of the plants and only a few less than that on the other. The tomatoes are ripening very well, again the plants are covered in fruit. Mick's auntie has been watering the garden for us whilst we've been away and she's been picking the tomatoes that were ready at that time. She was most impressed with Maskotka when she tried them. I'm still pulling spring onions and there's more to come. These are the first few blueberries to ripen. I've got three plants, the fruit on one is just starting to ripen, there's no fruit ripening at all on the second one though there's lots of berries on it and the third plant hasn't got any fruit on it at all this year. I'm not concerned though as I did a bit of repotting and pruning at the start of the year so I'm hoping that it will reward me for the attention next year after having a rest this year.
Most of the potato foliage has died back now indicating that they're ready to harvest so we tipped out a couple of pots. The ones on the left are Anya and the ones on the right are Arran Pilot. We got a good yield from both pots and there's still plenty more to harvest too.
The allotment has gone mad whilst we've been away, unfortunately the weeds are growing just as well as the veggies though so we need to put a lot of work in down there. These are the carrots growing underneath the enviromesh frame covering the WoodBlocX raised bed, lots of foliage.
The thing with root crops is that even with lots of foliage there may not be very much underneath the ground. I'm very pleased to report that this isn't the case here. These carrots are Tendersnax and with the odd exception, they're all completely straight. I've never grown such fine specimens before, the WoodBlocX raised bed is definitely doing its job. My beetroot hasn't been up to much at all over the last couple of years which has been disappointing as I do love them. I sowed some at the end of the WoodBlocX raised bed and they're brilliant this year. There's only a couple here but there's plenty more yet to pull. As predicted, there were some giant marrows on the courgette plants, too far gone to actually use so they've been composted but it won't be long until there's some usable ones. The beans are just about ready to start picking now too.
Archie was glad to be back in his own home again, I think he was trying to tell Mick that the grass needs cutting here. It did the trick, Mick got it mowed on Saturday afternoon though everything's growing so fast at the moment that I'm sure it'll need another trim before the week's out.
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