The Cabbage are looking good, most of this is down to the weather today, we have rain, I could not asked for better weather the day after the replanting, so maybe it is now a better that they will be salad and not compost.
Not sure which of the two we are today after lifting very large Red Cabbages, the problem was that they where not only close to each other but also too close to the Celeriac, which are more important to me as a crop, the Cabbage where a gift which I did not think too much about when I put them in and have watched them grow very big over the past month or so, on the weekend I decided it was time to do something about the problem, they where the first things on my mind when I woke today, something had to do done, they now look like Ballerina’s after a hard night, watch and see if they will be salad or compost…..
While most of you slept first thing this morning I was up turning 10lb’s of Blackcurrant’s into 19 jams of Jam, what a great start to the day, I still have 15lb’s in the freezer which can be used later in the year, I am now on the look out for people with Early River Plum trees, it is the jam I love best.
It is very nice to have a vase of Dianthus Fringed Pink “Rainbow Loveliness’ on my desk tonight, the poppies came out of the fruit cage which gave a new space and better light on the Dianthus, this one has a very good sent and I love the form the petals take, more like a wild hair cut, something I would have given to my sisters dolls as a child.
It was a good day for sales in the porch, we had Pea ‘Sugar Ann’ which did seem to sell rather fast, I hope people are as happy with them when they get home as I am, thank you Kyle for the seed. We also had the salad mix, it gets washed and bagged up by us each morning, rather good value, we also had Artichokes, these are the new lot from the slips that we did in April, good to see them in fruit now and they will be even bigger next year, it is just a shame they do not sell as well as they should, people still do not seem to know what to do with them still in this country, last but not least we also had some rather large Lettuce,unknown name, the plants where from Matt, thank you.
It is very easy at this point in the summer to sit back and take a bit of a break in the sun (sun is a very ageing thing so keep a hat on) but you really still need to keep on top of the game, keep sowing the seeds that are going to get you into the early part of winter, I have a tray of Lettuce that I am about to plant out and a pot that are almost ready to be pricked out, also a new row of Beetroot need to go in.
Well that is the great Royal news, now with news from the vegetable garden, it was a day to pick Blackcurrant’s, and talk about what to do with them, since the weather is so warm and it is the start of the week we are going to freeze them till later and them use most of them for jam in the autumn, in the past I have tried to make jam after work when it is cooler but it all gets rather late and it is a great year for soft fruit it seems, we have more then enough.
Helen, one our our students yesterday said she would be happy to pick all the Sweet Peas and bunch them up to sale at the front door, I picked more Lettuce, so all in all the front door area was looking and smelling so good, it was great to see people walking around the garden with a bunch of Sweet Peas, thank you Helen, it was very kind on your day off.
Summer Squash is American for Courgette which is French for Zucchini which is Italian…..I did not know all this when I planted the seed for Summer Squash. I know this now that they have started to fruit, maybe we should use the American name as the vegetable has it’s ancestry in the Americans but the variety of Squash typically called Zucchini were developed in Italy in the late 19th century near Milan, so there you have it, know the common names if that is what they are in, or you may be shocked with what develops.
So this is what the flower of the Bread Poppy looks like, it will be interesting to see if they are all the same colour, by lunch time half the petals where off and by the end of the day all where off, maybe that is why we do not see them used in gardens, it will be fun to see if the flowers last longer and what colour the rest are as the week goes on and more open, I was very happy to see the first one out in this heat.