22nd June - Happy Summer Solstice for yesterday. Here, the sunrise was obscured by cloud, but later in the day we had clear Summer skies. Hard to believe, but we have been in Lock
Down now through more than 90 days, although the expectations are now being slowly lessened for many of us.
We are now in the hottest spell of weather since last Summer, so watering will become essential again if we are to ensure crops can grow
healthily and produce plenty for us to eat. The recent period of rain has certainly boosted growth, so I hope this can continue through the heatwave
is particularly lush and Summery this week, as you can see from the photo
Raspberries are ripening daily, and although they are still quite small, once they are cooked it hardly matters. These two
punnets went to the first batch of Rasberry Jelly of the season, with plenty more to follow I think
Strawberries are almost finished. I really must stop eating them as soon as I pick them, so that
I can amass enough for some Strawberry Vodka
Cherries are a particularly special crop each year, as I don't have many of them. These few are from the tree at the plot, and I also had a small bowlful
from the garden tree... all now eaten of course, and so very delicious they were too. I noticed some were split, due to the suddent deluges of rain. but the were still able to be eaten
Peas and Mangetout
are still producing lovely pods, both indoors and outside. The feed of tomato food they had recently has led to further flowers, so they are not done yet!
Broad Beans have been wonderful this year.
I picked the majority of pods this week, 2kg of them, and the beans are now safely in the freezer. I have left the plant in, hoping the last few pods will swell, because I donlt need their space for a follow-on crop yet
are being dug as plants appear finished: these are some of the International Kidney crop
Turnips are from the few seeds I sowed at the edge of the Potato bed, and although they are
small they were very welcome
Courgettes (and I also had two green ones) have started producing fruit large enough to eat, and I hope that there are many more to come
And the first Cucumber (La Diva) was also large enough to pick a couple of days ago. There are more little fruits growign so I am hoping for enough to pickle again this year. Male flowers keep appearing, so I pull these off in case it
causes fruits to be fertilised and taste bitter