Unfortunately the aubergines have been invaded by the greenfly again. They have been given a good wash down and we will see what happens. Have to leave them out overnight as we can’t have the rest of the greenhouse being affected.
Of course this is not the best summer of all, but hey, this is Ireland. Hope I will remember next year not to rely so much on growing stuff that does best above18 degrees, ideally above 20 degrees. A few weeks ago I planted 4 squashes and a courgette in my plot and so far not a fruit to be seen! Looking jealously at prolifically fruiting plants in neighbouring plots gave me the idea to put the large plastic cloche over two of my plants to see if shelter will give results. Fingers crossed.
The runner beans didn’t grow much greenery, but they do have plenty of flowers. I just read that ‘beans should not see the May’, meaning that they should not be planted out too early. Also something to remember for next year! Luckily there are plenty of vegetables that grow really well in cooler weather, I had good broad beans and just harvested and froze the last of them. Lettuce in the garden at home has been trouble free. I have celeriac coming along and at home I have all my winter cabbages planted. I have a few left to put in the spot vacated by the broad beans.
The red straggly plant in the photograph is orach, a variety of spinach with beautiful red leaves. This one came up as a volunteer in the allotment. It comes up freely in my raised beds at home from plants I had grown from seed last year. The tops of the young plant are nice in a salad, and the bigger leaves can be picked and used as spinach. I like the red colour in amongst the green and snails and slugs don’t seem to go for red leaves.
I was up in the allotment today and the aubergine has a flower so maybe there is hope yet.
Dug up my potatoes and was pleased with the crop I will however next year remember to remove some of the shoots after chitting , there are a lot of very small potatoes along with the bigger ones.
The chilli plant is beginning to show progress – I think it may have been the ants that were nibbling at the leaves, there is quite a number living there.
Gooseberries are a bit disappointing after all the work that was put into them. They are very small but maybe the taste will make up for it.
I’m afraid I may have been a little too flathulach with the bread soda , the aubergines are looking a little sad but the green fly is gone so hopefully they will make a recovery.
Since we cut back the long grass and raked away the matted dead stuff, small flowers have begun to surface. Lots of clover, both red and white, various vetchlings, bird’s foot trefoil, silverweed, cinquefoil, different meadow grasses, and more. We continue to rake and clear the ground, without interfering with the flowers. The aim is to keep it natural and , of course, save on work. Too much work is never worth it! The flowers will come naturally anyhow, regardless of the amount of work we put into it. It is lovely to watch the amazing rewards for a little effort.
Tonight I dug up my onions. Unfortunately I had planted the sets a little bit too deep (afraid the birds would take them) and so they couldn’t dry up on top of the soil as I saw done in the neighbouring beds (they weren’t as cowardly about the birds as I was). The onions are now on racks in my greenhouse at home to drain the last of the goodness out of their greens and hopefully get dry enough for storage. There are some big guys there! The variety of the sets was Electric. (red onions).
I also harvested the garlic. This is a soft neck variety, Marco, which I grew for the first time. They’re not very large, which I don’t mind, but they got wet while they were already drying and they got a bit funky. Being softneck, it was easy enough to wind their necks around a string and they’re now hung out to dry next to the onions in the greenhouse.
And then the broadbeans. I grew two varieties, witkiem and purple guatemalan (seeds from Brown Envelope Seeds). The witkiem pods are enormous and I harvested some. The purple pods are nice and full, but much shorter. I’m leaving them for another week or so. See them in the background of the sneaky borage flowering amongst them.