At a guess, it must have been at least 30°C this afternoon and the vegetables have been romping away. Below are the broad beans, which have developed phenomenally over the last few days.
I hadn’t expected to be able to pick them for a while yet, so I was delighted that there were some ready for my tea tonight.
Other vegetables I am pleased about are the cabbages and lettuce. I can’t believe the latter are doing anything at all in the current temperatures, but I think the fertility of the soil is playing its part!
At the same time, I think it is about time I gave them a water. We have not had any rain for about two weeks and it is starting to show in other parts of the garden. Look at the tomato plant my parents gave me last weekend. It certain looks as though it is suffering.
The tomatoes should be black in colour, so I am quite intrigued. The one I have indoors is flowering and I might therefore being getting a glimpse of its fruit soon.
Another flowering vegetable is the pumpkin, which you can see behind the black tomato. At the moment, it has two tiny pumpkins on it and I do hope the conditions this year will mean I have two fruit for jack-o’-lanterns at the appropriate time of year.
This fourth summer of growing my own is definitely my best. I am still learning and could have had even more going on in the garden but I am, nonetheless, very pleased 🙂
© Helen Butt, July 2013.