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I’m seeing red…

Woohoooo! at last there’s a tinge of pink on one of the Roma toms! And the peppers are almost ready to eat. We actually had some sunshine today so things are looking up 🙂

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Figelicious

The fig tree in the front garden is doing it’s level best to produce edible figs. Sadly the wind has blown down several before they were properly ripe, and one or two were slugged. However, I have given a few away to appreciative fig-loving people because I can’t get enthusiastic about them eaten raw. Dried yes, no problem.

I doubt if many more will make it to the edible stage, given the weather forecast but at least we have had more than last year. I just found a small perfectly ripe one and decided to make a smoothie with it. 1 banana, 1 fig and a little pineapple juice = a figelicious smoothie 😀 Now i want them to ripen and I won’t be giving them all away lol.

Here’s a pic of one of the mini aubergines, glorious colour ain’t it?

Mini aubergine

Mini aubergine

The Roma toms are still growing happily without any sign of ripening. Looking good n’est-ce pas?

Roma tomatoes

Roma tomatoes

Oh yes, nearly forgot – the green peppers appear to be ripening to edible red at last.

I pretty much agree with the pesticide thinking but it only did the tomatoes in. The nasturtiums and the strawberries in the same bed are doing just fine.

I want to add some pics but can’t. Dunno why, the options are not there.

Worst August for 100 years? Yeah I can believe that. The last few weeks have been solid grey. Not much sun, not much rain, not much fun really. Just a lot of grey clouds.

However, I am harvesting tomatoes daily now although none of the Roma are showing any signs of ripening yet. When they do we are going to be knee deep as there are an impressive number on the vines.

The total harvest to date is roughly as follows :-

Broad beans, leeks, runner beans, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, courgettes, a handful of figs, peas, a bowl of ground cherries, various herbs, baby carrots. I think that’s all so far but the gherkins should be ready any day now, they are getting so fat! Look up into the roof of the summer house at the moment and this is what you see –

Mexican mix - sour gherkins and midget tomatoes

Mexican mix - sour gherkins and midget tomatoes

It’s a jungle, those midget toms take up a lot of space. I’ve given up trying to top them and they keep on growing. The toms are delicious though, and they keep producing more flowers so I’m not complaining.

The peppers are back in the warmth of the mini greenhouse along with the chilli plant. The peppers look good and this time last year would have been eaten by now. This year of course, need them to ripen before they join the salad bowl so I just look at them longingly.

Deternined to stay green peppers

Determined to stay green peppers

On the other hand, the chillies last year didn’t happen. To be precise I had one chilli, one very small chilli in fact. This year I have lots of chillies ripening happily –

More chillies than you can shake a stick at

More chillies than you can shake a stick at

Only of course this year I can’t eat them. Gah! Going to have to give them away. But they look very attractive next to the green peppers lol.

Next year my planting list is going to look a little different to take into account the need for raw produce. I want some greens with flavour and different lettuce to try (there must be at least one type of lettuce that actually tastes nice 😉 ). Well that’s what winter’s for I suppose, working out what to plant the following spring.

Bloomin’ luvverly!

Remember the packets of seeds you got free – the melons and the Gaillardia flowers? Well we will draw a veil over the unhappy melon saga and move on to happier things, namely the Gaillardia which have been planted in the front garden and are currently flowering like.. well like the packet said they would. Like this in fact –

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Absolutely amazing how many flowers per plant there are, I’m well chuffed with them. There are 2 other colours besides the one in the pic, plain yellow and a darker red with no yellow at all. I will definitely grow them again.

The weather has not been kind to the Silybum flowers but I managed to get a close up of one –

Silybum

Silybum

they are as impressive as they promised to be. The colour looks to be white but has very subtle touches of thistle mauve in it. It is fragrant, a very delicate scent that I can only say smells of summer.

Finally here is a pic of what looks not unlike wigs suitable for a hen night or something similar.

Pink nylon wigs anyone?

Pink nylon wigs anyone?

Tis actually the sweetcorn, what an unexpected colour that was 🙂

I do not know.

Two days after using slug pellets my green tomato plants look like this. 😦

Coincidence?

It is no great shakes though.  It’s not like there are any tomatoes. Slugs ate those in the monsoon.

And here is the culprit, or more accurately, here are the culprits, or even more accurately, here are a few of the culprits –

Nasturtium nomming caterpillars

Nasturtium nomming caterpillars

the havoc they have wrought –

An ex-nasturtium plant

An ex-nasturtium plant

And a close up of the beast –

Nommus Nasturtiumus

Nommus Nasturtiumus

All the nasturtiums that have happily grown below, through and up the runner beans are now no more. Twas a veritable plague of crawlers that stripped them bare in a matter of 2 days. The stalks were left like skeletons and have been consigned to the compost bin. No doubt the other nasturtiums are going to suffer a similar fate.