Posted by: estherreeves | July 1, 2009

It’s hot.

Just been pottering as it is really very hot and I don’t want small ones getting sunstroke or indeed getting it myself.

Things are growing and indeed getting eaten.. something has nibbled off the stalks on the runner beans i suspect a rabbit so I may try putting up some netting and see if they recover. Also the peas are coming up through the chicken wire cages now so some net to protect them from similar damage may be a plan.

nibbled off beans

nibbled off beans

Various pumpkin and squashes are starting to develop, again I wait to see if they get eaten or not. The first one spotted did get nibbled off but since then we have a much bigger one developing on the small ones pumpkin plant which was the first planted out and by far the most developed. His is a variety called big max which we got in Lidl. The other showing baby fruit is from seeds got from my mother from a pumpkin she grew from seeds my aunt gave her. It was quite large but tasty.

Big max pumpkin

Big max pumpkin

Keeping my fingers crossed nothing eats this as it is on the small ones plant..

Keeping my fingers crossed nothing eats this as it is on the small ones plant..

Big Max flower

Big Max flower

Interestingly, well to me anyway, while they both should be big round orange pumpkins in the end the Big Max start off yellow and round but Mum’s ones are elongated and green more like a marrow in look.

Pumpkin from mum's seeds, smaller flower has a proto pumpkin.

Pumpkin from mum's seeds, smaller flower has a proto pumpkin.

The salad blue potatoes have very pretty extremely lightly blue tinted flowers, they look whiter in the picture than they are, with lilac decoration.

Salad Blue

Salad Blue

Cara on the other hand have bunches of pure white flowers held high on stalks.

Cara

Cara

We also dug the Lady Christl up yesterday and got a good crop i will post up the exact amounts and a photo later but certainly each plant cropped more than the Red Duke of York and while there was a few that had some slug damage it was fairly minor, certianly less than the swift. They also taste good again much better than Swift. We grew 5 plants of this and 9 of Red Duke of York.

Having dug two full rows of potatoes and having another one of earlies to dug soon I have filled the space with some winter squash (3) and courgettes (4) that have been knocking about in pots till now so we will see how they do.

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