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Monday, 10 July 2017

Monday Again!

Where are the weeks going to? I thought time passed quickly when I was at work but now I'm retired I'm finding the weeks are rushing by at break neck speed. We spent the weekend with family and friends. My youngest daughter held a fantastic barbeque on Saturday and I probably ate a little too much. Sunday was spent at Alton water with friends.  It was very hot but we found some shade behind a tree and there was a little bit of a breeze late morning  then grew steadily throughout the afternoon.  Once again we had rain forecast from 9am this morning but nothing has happened so far. We are desperate for it on the gardens  but also to break this muggy atmosphere. 

I've been picking beans both dwarf green beans and runner every day since Thursday. Two lots have gone in the freezer and one used.  I did dig up another lot of potatoes but the ants have been at them however once scrapped they're fine. Everyday I'm getting 10 or so raspberries which we have with yoghurt.  They will be pruned even harder this year. 

Tomatoes are ripening quickly now but I'm not pleased with the plants. They are not my normal variety and have grown very stumpy but are laden with fruit.  Once the toms are ripe they drop off! Not sure that's right but too late now


20 inches high and full of tomatoes


Tomatoes drop off when ripe!


SEED UPDATE
The beetroot seedlings are all looking healthy and the carrots have already broken the surface of the pot.  I have potted up the remaining carrot seed sprouts and they will go into the garden next week when they are strong enough.  The leek seeds are still not sprouting, I'll leave them a little longer and then just put them into compost and see what happens.  
Carrots in the pot 2 trays of beetroot

My shopping bills will start to really decrease now I've got so much ripening. In fact I think apart from dairy produce I could stay away from the shops for a while.  (I do have one more coupon to use, more on that tomorrow)   I can make a complete salad now. I have potatoes and vegetables to accompany most meals. There will be more beetroot to lift at the weekend if I get a chance, I've got a really hectic week ahead of me.  I made a quick chicken curry this morning using up some of the small onions and potatoes I lifted, as well as the courgettes that are coming quickly now. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Back soon. Tx

PS: The pitter-patter I heard on the conservatory roof  a moment ago has just turned into a torrential down pour then back to pitter-patter. According to the media we are in for a roasting hot August but we'll just have to wait and see!

















20 comments:

  1. Please send the roasting hot weather further North when you get it. I've been mostly back in long sleeves for the last few weeks.
    It must be very satisfying for you to get so much produce from your own garden. Lovely and fresh and even tomatoes that pick themselves! X

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    1. Jules you are obviously a person who's cup is half full with a statement like tomatoes that pick themselves! The weather has been lovely but its so dry everywhere. The house is so hot and despite opening the front door and rear doors last night to create a draught it was still 25 degrees upstairs.

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  2. Our torrential downpour lasted about 10 minutes, not really long enough to have put water into the water butts or to do any good and then the sun came out and dried everywhere up again. My toms are still green and I must pick some and do chutney ASAP

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    1. My dwarf toms as they are affectionately know are ripening like crazy now. The normal tall lanky old variety are still free. We've had rain on and off for the last hour, one clap of thunder but like you not really much to write home about!

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  3. Where I live, veggies don't fall heavy on the shopping bill; it's the fruit (especially the short- season ones: cherries, apricot, loquat), and the dairy / meat products that are more or less expensive.

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    1. Hi Duta, going to have to google loquat as I have no idea what it is. Some vegetables aren't dear but fresh beetroot would cost over a £1 for a bunch of 4-5 beets, the same with fresh carrots. Courgettes cost at least 70p each. It all adds up, plus I can make all my chutneys and jams for the winter.

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  4. We've had plenty of rain, just need the humidity to back off a bit. I wish our tomatoes looked like yours xx

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    1. The humidity has been awful hasn't it Cheryl but we have had very little rain here on the Essex coast. The tomatoes have enjoyed the beautiful sunshine we've had since April. However you do find once one turns red they all start to go. That's why I always do 2 varieties and 2 sowings in the hope they ripen at different time.

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  5. My beetroot are enormous for the time of year. I made some into Roasted Beet relish from the River Cottage preserves book. Scrummy.

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    1. I love, love, love beetroot and its so good for us. I do roasted beets and I made a relish last year which we still have some of as I wasn't overly pleased with. I will checkout Roasted Beetroot Relish, thanks.

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  6. Your garden produce looks lovely. We have had a very hot July so far and from the looks of the forecast it isn't cooling down in the near future.

    God bless.

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    1. Its going to get much hotter here apparently. We have had some much needed rain though.

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  7. It's all looking lovely Tania and it must be really satisfying being able to put a salad together and sides of potatoes and vegetables with your meals that you've grown yourselves.

    If you find a way of slowing the weeks down please let me know. I can't believe we're nearly at the school summer holidays which will go in a flash because they always do. Then it will be September and before we know it Christmas! xx

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    1. Yes it's satisfying and it's a mini miracle everything I pick things. I'm shocked how quickly the months are hoing. In less than 10 weeks I will have not worked for a year! My official date was 22 October but I had lots of holiday to take.

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  8. I agree, where does the time go! Your garden looks great. So many things producing so beautifully. I love seeing your good germination. I planted Swiss chard twice with two different batches of seed, and nary a sprout has sprung!

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    1. Since retiring the time goes even quicker. I'm really enjoying growing my own.

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  9. I hope the roasting August starts right at the beginning of the month as that's when we're away. There's nothing tastier than home grown veggies, better for you too. I've never heard of tomatoes falling off a plant when ripe before, I'm only growing one variety this year and it's my absolute favourite, Maskotka. It's a bush variety so no extra work tying in and pinching out, and they produce masses of cherry size tomatoes.

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  10. I think this is a bush variety by the size of the plants. The toms are slightly larger than cherry toms but I wonder if they've overgrown hence dropping off the branch.

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  11. Loving your veggies. One thing I really miss is our allotment. We don't have a large garden a you probably have seen and our allotment was wonderful but with Tom's health and both of us finding it more difficult we gave it up. Still miss it though.
    Bit cooler now down here in Brighton, thank goodness,
    Briony
    x

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    1. Its been seriously hot hasn't it Briony (love the name). I dare say there will be a time when I have to give up growing but while I'm fit and able I'll carry on. Everything has been planned for ease of maintenance.

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