Another visit to the allotment yields even more potatoes. I have seriously reservations about this. Does anyone know how many potatoes a person can eat before they start becoming one?
Last nights tea was a well balanced affair – potatoes (a white skinned one I dug up yesterday evening – very bountiful, no idea what it was), peas, butter and sea salt As there was a clear lack of protein in the meal we added some cheese. Heaven. That’s all it was, heaven.
It would have been my own peas but in a stupid decision made in spring I didn’t actually plant any – only purple mangetout. BUT, and it’s a big but, some of you might remember the random peas that Pete planted just because we could – well they’re producing quite nicely and we tasted one of the pods on the plot last night (YUM!) but there is only one plant and it’s never going to produce enough. Lesson to be learnt for next year – GROW PEAS.
Everything is growing frantically and adoring this heat we’re having at the moment. No new photos today but I will try to remember at some point. Image the previous photos only with the plants getting bigger – you get the idea
But the main update is really the backyard. Everything is growing like crazy. The tomato plants have set their first fruit, the chilli’s and peppers are flowering nicely, and the flowers are looking beautiful. I think I have grown too many tomato plants (yes yes I know, AGAIN). I have 3 Garden Pearl plants, 2 in hanging baskets and the third in a pot way too small but I was supposed to bin it but I just couldn’t. Annoyingly it’s growing he best of all! I also have a moneymaker, marmande and 3 Gardeners Delight. All doing really well.
The peppers are either Di Torro or (?) and they’re looking like they wish they were somewhere much hotter than Brum but they’re flowering. Whether I get anything from them is another matter.
The best chilli’s so far are the cayenne which are thriving in the pot with one of the tomato plants. Lots of flowers but not very big. Then I have a selection of chilli’s that I wish I knew which type they were. I sowed seeds for 10 varieties, 1 of which just refuses to germinate and some which have just died in the heat that they get behind the window in the spare room. I do however have about 14 plants of unknown origin. I’ll know what they are when they flower and fruit, and I’m hoping the Dorset Naga is one of the ones that has survived…….
The idea of the chilli’s is to acually manage to overwinter them this year. I want to establish some happy plants for next year’s harvest and without a greenhouse it’s going to take some effort on my behalf. Maybe next year I’ll have a greenhouse……..