A couple of weeks I think since the last Plotlines post and it’s that time where I can’t quite keep up with everything. I particularly noticed the difference today because we were away for the weekend and bar a quick pop in yesterday afternoon to water, hadn’t seen the plot since last Thursday.
The corn may not be quite ‘as high as an elephant’s eye’, if anyone knows how tall that is perhaps you’d be kind enough to let me know, but the tassels are formed, the cobs filling out and my mind already turning to what I might use them for once I’ve got over the steamed with lashings of salty butter phase. I’m thinking fresh corn muffins and a chowder.
Tomatoes are forming well and I’m keenly checking for the first signs of ripeness. We do have some small yellow plum tomatoes but honestly they’re such a great mid morning snack so no gorgeous tomato and mozzarella salads yet.
We’re getting good crops of new potatoes, courgettes, little gem lettuce and French beans and I need to get on and sow some more of the latter to get a late a crop. This was a tip from one of our past plot holders Rodney and a good one I think. There are a couple of raised beds empty now so I’ll be also be sowing some small parsnips, coriander, beetroot and perhaps some more lettuce.
The pumpkin patch is invading all four corners of our new plot, snaking down the pathways and through the tomatoes. I’m wondering how far to let this go. Should I cut the plants back? If everything comes to fruition we’ll be well fed for months.
The strawberries are now finished for the year, the raised bed tidied and the plants fed and mulched, I normally leave this job until Spring so will be interested to see if it makes any difference. The gooseberries are now ripe and will be picked in the next couple of days.
Pie at the weekend I think.
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