Though this has been a difficult season for veg plotters, in many ways, those of us who persevered are finally seeing some benefits.
This weekend we spent a majority of our time up on the roof, tending the garden, idling in the sun and harvesting.
The crop of Rocket new potatoes from one pot was spectacular, giving us several feeds before I finally up-tipped the entire pot. The potatoes were large for newbies, kept their shape well, (under gentle steaming) and tasted fabulous. I particularly chose potatoes that were recommended as salad potatoes. I reckon you can't beat that waxy, earthy taste, with your own greens and yes reds!!! The first tomatoes were picked and Mike and I had a modest crop on our plates for the first time.
I've been growing the majority in the growhouse, giving copious (automatic) watering and regular feeds, while down in the living room I've been growing a few specimens 'hard'. Monty Don swears that this produces a ya store crop. However in yesterday's blind tasting, no discern able difference could be detected. However the difference in size of crop is spectacular.
However I've saved seed from the first hard frown tomato to ripen, which should provide a hearty strain for next years crop.
Tomato seeds are stored inside a sack of belly like growth inhibitor, so after de-seeding the fruit, I have stored it in a jam jar, where decay will set in, thereby releasing the seeds.
A few days ago I was complaining of problems with pollination. I'm pleased to report that, as the weather improves and as wind speeds drop we are finally seeing baby courgette, radish seed pods and runner beans!