Well what a lovely day, wall to wall blues skies here. After the thunder storm that hit us yesterday, flooding many of the local roads in the area, I wondered what I might find at the plot this morning, but with the exception of a bucketful of fallen apples that needed to be picked up there was no obvious damage. The plants if anything looked especially perky as they always do after a good soak. With no need to can water from tank to plot I could get on with other things and even though that only meant catching up on the weeding it’s nice to break the routine and do something different.
Of our seedlings, beetroot, carrots, coriander and turnips are all up, with just the parsnips and the French beans a no show. We’ll thin them out at the weekend and plant another last lot of these crops, along with some lettuce and spinach that we didn’t get around to doing last time.
We on a waiting game now for the tomatoes and the sweet corn to ripen. I’m checking them almost daily.
The small yellow plum tomatoes that are ripe have now made it home, they’re incredibly sweet and I’m enjoying them in a salad with capers. I’ve posted a picture of this on Instagram if you’d like to see that.
We think we’ve had some children playing on the site. Nothing too serious, a few things where they shouldn’t be and Valerie found two eaten apple cores. As you can imagine there was plenty of conversation about this over morning coffee. I remember that so well as a child, trying to eat apples before they were ripe and then suffering from tummy ache for the next few hours. Of course tiny, sour apples are the sort of thing you only do once if you’re remotely sensible so perhaps it’ll deter them from coming back.
The blackberries that are pictured here are from Bob’s plot and he’s picking punnets of them already. Is this the same with everyone else or are we particularly early? Although I love them I’m not keen to see the signs of early Autumn so soon. Here’s hoping we hang on to Summer for another few weeks.