Summer plot update

It’s around this time of year when I decide there are so many things happening on the plot, that I just want to photograph and document them all, rather than post about any one thing. So a trip down there today, to check all’s okay after the rain and harvest a few things, was the perfect opportunity for some photography, as I’m normally too busy and only remember to take some pictures when I’m about to leave.

These are the runner beans, reaching for the sky (which is already threatening to rain again).

I have 2 varieties of climbing french beans, and these, which are a variety of runner bean called Czar. They have lovely flowers that start off a bright acid yellow and gradually fade to a creamy lemony yellow and then turn white. If the beans inside the green pods are allowed to develop they are a largish white bean, like a butter bean. I always grow beans as much for saving the inside beans (pulses) as I do for the green bean, so I tend to choose my varieties with that in mind. First time I’ve tried these.

This is how the tops of the sweetcorn are looking. A good windy day today for pollinating.

And the ‘hair do’ as I like to call it, which sprouts from the top of the developing husks.

The swedes and turnips are coming on, though the leaves have been attacked by flea beetle and are looking a bit worse for wear.

My early purple sprouting broccoli has been a bit hit and miss. They suffered from being stripped by pigeons to start with, and then when they recovered they mostly all bolted. I guess with the stress of that and dry weather, it’s not surprising they bolted, but one of the plants hasn’t and is doing well.

I have finally managed to grow some parsnips this year! In fact a whole row of them. It’s a miracle.

My squashes are still growing like mad (see previous post). This is another of the hybrid squashes, which is much greener than the other, which is still very much yellow. So I’m guessing I’ll end up with a mix of green and yellow squashes, that are far less warted than their parent.

There shouldn’t be any shortage of blackberries this year. Thank heavens this is a thornless variety (Oregon Thornless) it’s so vigorous it’s completely taken over the shed and would be a menace if it was thorny.

And finally, my Victoria plums. I’ll have to throw some netting over these soon, as I certainly don’t plan on sharing any with the birds.

I took home a harvest of some baby carrots, 4 courgettes (could have been more), more beetroot, the first few beans, some sorrel from the herb bed, 2 lettuces and some broccoli.

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