Trusses submerged 

Today, we managed two walled gardens: a second look in at the one in Helmsley, followed by one at Beningbrough on the way home. At both I sighed to see ginormous squash. Still, it gave me hope that I would see progress back home.

Beningbrough squash


In the event, I wouldn’t say there was nothing – the courgettes look like they might actually produce something that could feed us – but the only way in which the butternut squash have spurted is to make their way into the tomato plants and out the other end.

‘Growing out of chaos’ tomato


I remind myself that if all else fails there will be plenty of biomass – and as long as blight doesn’t strike, there will be a fair number of tomatoes. Perhaps they will have a hard time ripening under all that foliage but I am keen to make green tomato marmelade again, so all will not be lost!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to Trusses submerged 

  1. jeffpermie says:

    Pinch out all growing tips now on Tom’s (well, should have been done early / first week August), remove all foliage below all fruit and keep all above, this helps with ripening and flavour. Also, plant Nisturtiums next to your Tom’s, it improves flavour and distracts black fly! 🙂

  2. It can be discouraging when you see massive plant growth, yet little food production. I hope your tomatoes produce well.

  3. Oh don’t say that ‘b’ word .. 😃

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    One year we planted butternut squash on the open compost heap. It did quite well and we got three fair-sized squashes. The sunny summer we had that year helped a lot. We had less success growing them during cooler cloudier summers.

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