I can hardly believe it’s over two weeks since we returned home from a tour of friends in the North. 6 families in 2 weeks and 1300 miles clocked up. More about that another time. Meanwhile back in the garden everything survived the dry spell and the fridge has been full to bursting ever since. Quite a different story to last year when we returned to a blight ridden plot. Oh happy day – I have tomatoes aplenty ripening.
But what’s that in the background I hear you ask? It’s my first produce from a plant given to me by my colleague Julia. As it arrived at my plot accompanied by a yellow courgette plant I did wonder if the labels on the pots had got muddled up (sorry Julia!). Not so and this round prickly squash-a-like is in fact a Crystal Lemon cucumber!
A lot can happen in few weeks in the cabbage patch. The cabbage white caterpillars obviously moved in as soon as I left!
The broccolli has fared better if you don’t mind a sprinkling of white fly with your greens
As you can imagine I’ve been preserving like a woman possessed. With G away at the weekend I managed to turn the last of the redcurrants into more jelly, sauteed courgettes in oil and tried a couple of new recipes for rhubarb relish and piccalilli. A very satisfying way to spend a Saturday afternoon when rain stops play in the garden.