A mixed week at the plot. The rain meaning that all of us at Southbourne Gardens have been able to catch up with other things, so whilst there were a record nine of us for coffee on Tuesday morning, Bob sat all alone on Wednesday. Most unusual. We also solved last week’s mystery of the eaten apples with site secretary Patrick identifying his son Joe as the muncher. I’m just hoping he doesn’t take a shine to our chillies.
The big news for us this week is that just as I was about to rip up the aubergine plants I finally have fruit, just the one and it is very small but it’s definitely there and my hopes of home grown ratatouille are restored. Still no beans though!
Our Black Russian tomatoes are now ripe and though not the prettiest tomatoes I’ve ever seen they are probably the tastiest, with dark, rich, juicy flesh. I’ve been making fresh salsa with them. Chopping them up into 1cm chunks adding some finely chopped chilli, olive oil and salt. Really good with grilled white fish. The green zebra tomatoes on the other hand are a bit tasteless so will be off the list for next year.
We have the second round of judging next week for the Hillingdon annual allotment competition, I’d like to be able to tell you that I don’t care about such things but of course that would be a lie, so I’ll be spending the next couple of days having a good tidy up ready for the inspection.
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