25th June - Any colour except red!
I am starting to wonder if I did actually sow any red varieties of tomato this year! We have Golden Sunrise, Black Opal, Sungella, Chocolate Cherry and now the rather beautifully
striped oval Blush, but no red ones except the tiny 100s & 1000s whch are as plentiful as last year. I checked my list and out there somewhere in the wilds of the plots are several red varieties, including Moneymaker and Crimson Crush. I hope they
ripen soon as I am missing red tomatoes more than I thought I would. Plenty of decent sized green fruits on most plants, but the labels are well hidden under the leaves by now so I shall have to wait and see which is which, all except for Dancing with
Smurfs, which has stems of a rather fetching shade of navy blue, and Summer Cider, which is unmistakable, being the only potato leaved variety I have grown this year. Mind you, that is not a red one either, but more of an orange when ripe! Patience,
girl, patience ...
I thought I'd start this week off with a slide show of some of the crops we are growing on #145 for Autumn and Winter harvesting, as we have to plan ahead so that we have fresh vegetables all year round. There
are also Spring Onions and Red Mustard waiting for space to be planted out... might have to pot them on as the mini-tunnel is pretty full still... and on #146 there is Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Savoy Cabbage, all looking hugely
healthy. This week I sowed Florence Fennel too, and planted out some seed potatoes to give us new potatoes in the Autumn.
These are sold as "Christmas potatoes" but are second earlies that have been stored in the cold and dark until
now, when they are bursting to grow as soon as they warm up in the ground.Twelve tubers in half a bed on #145, and four in the mini-tunnel, where the extra protection come the colder weather might be helpful. We have not grown potatoes at this time
in the year before, but the taste of freshly dug new potatoes is amazing, and anticipating being able to enjoy them in the cold midwinter is a rather enticing thought. However, as rats also like potatoes, we shall dig them up as soon as they are
ready, rather then keeping them in the ground under an insulating blanket of straw (which rats might also like to be honest!) and keep them in the garage in a just-damp box of compost, to be unearthed when the fancy takes us. Well that's the theory
anyway. I shall let you know how we get one! Oh, ours are Charlottes, which are a waxy salad variety. Our plot neighbours also planted some this week, of a different variety, so we can compare harvests.