Sunday, 30 July 2017

Tighten Up

It was a drenching day yesterday and today has been showery and windy. We only visited the plot to pick some veg and water in the greenhouse. I'm pleased to see that the sunflowers are managing to stay upright now they're attached to the frame I grew them under.
The four at the front are meant to be shorter than that though. They're Big Smile and are nearly as tall as the Russian Giant at the back - they're rather swamping the Asters and Eschscholzia which are in that bed too. It's a shame as they're very pretty - I need to sow them closer to the edge of the bed if I grow them next year.
Sadly four of the purple dwarf bean plants have now snapped off completely while in full flower due to the windy weather, such a shame! The beans are just appearing now so we've added extra ties in an attempt to keep them from moving too far from their sticks. The plants are taller than we thought they'd be and probably could have been grown up canes.
More security has also been added to the cucumbers and squashes on Plot46a. We've got various supports for the plants to grow upwards...
And then the idea is that they'll spread across the wires and partially mesh-covered roof to provide us with a ceiling of hanging squashes - won't that be fun, if it works!
A couple of tiny Tromboncini are on their way but these are close to the earth so they won't be hanging far... I could (should) remove them to encourage the plant to grow fruits higher up, but I can't bear to do it!
And talking of tiny, here's our first redcurrant tomato - full size. Sweet and tasty, but you really need more than one at a time :-)
The excellent title song is provided by the Black Keys.


  1. Indeed it has been blustery that I have not set foot in the garden today, been busy making grub with the courgettes and marrow harvested yesterday. Your cabbages are stunning.

    1. Thanks, will check out more of your courgette recipes later. We had courgette-based curry for dinner - they're never-ending :-D

  2. Tienes la huerta preciosa. Ya contarás si ha funcionado lo de las calabazas suspendidas en la malla.
    Un beso.

  3. Be careful when you walk under then roof of squashes.

    1. If it works it's going to be quite a low ceiling. I think Jamie will get a bit bruised even if I manage to avoid them :-)

  4. A ceiling of hanging squashes - how continental!


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