Roll on 20th !

I had such high hopes in May when I planted out nearly 40 containers wtih seed grown veg I had been nurturing since February.  Fist the wind was so strong and cold that it killed some, retarted and stunted growth of most.  However, most recovered and doing fairly well, but these past few weeks of gloom, damp and chilly weather is not exactly conducive to the abundant growth I was expecting !

Guess I cannot complain, I have had enough for my needs, plentiful salads, pea and fava shoots, courgettes, runner beans, tomatoes, chard, kale, sorrel, flat leaf parsley but I wanted to have enough to give to everyone I know, leave outside for others to sample, but alas no, not this year…………..  I am sure last year my harvest was greater with a lot less plants.

Roll on the 20th !  off to Greece again, cannot wait for some sunshine, swimming, walking and just chilling after what has been a very hectic work schedule.  It cannot come quick enough !!

Yesterday was great day, foraged blackberries and elderberries, hawthorn berries.  Making a balsamic type flavoured vinegars, and a tincture with the Hawthorns, these are now steeping in vodka and should be ready in a a couple of weeks.  A few drops a day keep the heart in balance, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down and a good overall tonic.

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where did the sun go !

IMG_6434Wow, such a wonderful couple of days, to feel that warm sun on my skin……….  not long now and back to Greece  and hopefully a little more consistent sun !.  Its gloomy again and raining right now !

Poor old veg it doesn’t know what is happening, one good thing is the BEES, they keep on doing what they do best, pollinating the veg flowers !  Runner Bean that are climbing the high red brick wall are alive with the buzzing bees going about their business.  Bean are very abundant now, one of my fave veggies.  Tomatoes are abundant too but with the weather, not many ripen.  I grew a lot this year, 20 plants or more, but I am lucky if I get more than a handful a day, thought I would be having a real glut and could be bottling up their sunshine for the winter.  Courgettes much the same, no glut and I have so many recipes to cope with it this year too.

Breakfasted on my toms, sauteed in a little oil and smoked paprika with scrambled eggs.  Not my eggs , would love to have some hens, but not possible where I live sadly, perhaps one day when I am in Greece with my design and sculpture studio,garden and time just for myself !

My Sweetpeas I have picked a bunch fresh everyday since mid June, so delighted, so well worth the trouble growing from seed.

 

 

 

Rich Pickings

IMG_5133 IMG_5134The tomatoes and courgettes and really growing strong now, ripening quickly !!  and taste so delicious.

This hot weather is sending my chilli plants wild too, there plants huge and bushy with many chillies, still green but again abundant.

New watering can coming today, much larger than my diddy one I have been using these past weeks

 

home grown!

IMG_5057IMG_5062Courgettes doing really well, have three plants, two yellow and one green.  Yellow varieties seem more abundant  with huge lush green leaves.

Tomatoes growing strong, although some flowers are not setting.  I have trailing tomatoes too, at first not much happened but now they have perked up and sending out long racemes of tiny toms !

Green Bean which grew really well last year, this year rubbish, slugs keep eating them.  Barlotti beans not eaten, but they seemed to have stopped growing ?  very strange

Chillies, they are doing fine, although again, not every flower seems to set?  any ideas why?

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