Opening the greenhouse door this morning I was greeted with the sight of hundreds of pearly drops hanging from the tomato leaves, pearly drops that were neither from watering nor condensation from the roof, but purely the result of overnight transpiration from the leaves (unless someone with more botanic knowledge than me is going to tell us otherwise). Returning with my camera I also took photographs of the progress of the fruits.
Firstly there is a promising cluster of ‘Sunbeam’, a small plum tomato, and secondly a couple of the rather ugly and beefy looking ‘Black Russian’ I am trialling for Which? Gardening:
Also in the greenhouse are some peppers, with this one on the right eventually ripening into one of those small orange peppers. Outside in baskets hanging from the wall are some ‘currant’ tomatoes and another trial of mini cucumbers. The peppers, ‘Sunbeam’ and currant tomatoes came as seedlings from a friend.
All of these crops are looking very promising, and the courgettes continue with their astonishing progress. I have also picked a few ounces of climbing French bean ‘Cobra’, but there should be plenty more of those to come. I had a bit of an epiphany this week, deciding that next year I will restrict myself to these crops I have mentioned, along with spinach and kale, and that I will use one of my ‘veg beds’ as a nursery bed, already having stored pots of seedlings and young plants there this year while they were being grown on. Having made this decision I took them out of their pots yesterday and planted them in situ; taking my cue from Kate at Beangenie I also retrieved all my unused packets of flower seeds and belatedly sowed them at one end of the same bed. I didn’t have as much variety as she did – some stock, Californian poppy, sunflowers and three packets of sweet peas! – and they are unlikely to flower this year unless we have a very late autumn, but at least they won’t be sitting in a cupboard for another year. Now, what shall I do with four packets of carrot seed…?
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