Tomatoes

The tomatoes always look a little sad after their clean up. We have put a new tie on them as they are getting taller. At the same time we have also taken the lower leaves off. I feel this lets the air and sun in on the fruit. In this part of the world you need to give as much sun as you can.

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Rain day

We have not had too many rain days this summer, we had rain first thing today. It was great because there are lots of little jobs that I wanted Edward and I to do. One of these jobs was to clean out the jam cupboard, we also keep tea in it. We now have the cupboard ready for this season jam.

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Salad dressing

We had a good day in the garden today collecting seed from the coriander. I think we have enough for the next year, we use this for making salad dressing, we do make the dressing a lot. With such a dry summer the seed has ripened very early.

Dried flowers

Every year about this time the ladies who come and sew at GD on a Thursday come out into the vegetable garden and start the picking, cleaning and hanging the Helichrysum. With this dry summer they are a little early. The house does look brighter when they are up.

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Beans

We had a night of rain last night, the first time for a very long time. I garden smells and looks better for it. I did not want to get on the soil early which was not a problem because I had beans to get ready for the freezer. We now have lots of broad beans in the freezer for the winter symposiums. IMG_1766

Broad beans

Today we took out the crop of broad beans, they have cropped very well for us this year. It is one of the beans that I most look forward to and am very happy with the amount we will have for the freezer this year.  Another space is now open for a new crop. 

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