Everything’s growing nicely

All the vegetables that Joe and the kids helped me to plant earlier in the year are beginning to grow nicely now. They needed the rain after all that heat.

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The bees and the butterflies have all helped.

Remember when John and Kiltie helped to plant the tomatoes in the polytunnel ?

20170501_154716 Well just look at them now. Not ripe yet but they won’t be long.

We planted an aubergine too and weren’t very hopeful because it was the first time we tried to grow one, but even that is starting to look like a real aubergine 🙂

 

The melon we planted has grown and spread and so thoroughly entwined itself around the tomato plants that I can’t begin to prune it because it winds back on itself and I can’t see where to cut.

Joe climbed up to see if any of the melon flowers had been pollinated..and we think we can see a little melon forming behind some of the flowers.

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Kiltie found that the beans we planted under the frame of bamboo canes are looking good and they reach the top of the canes now and I’ve had to cut them off at the top. We’ve eaten some and now we’re going to leave them to grow big and then we’ll freeze them. We all love beans over the winter, in stews and cassoulet.

The sweetcorn we planted not so long ago…

20170527_120637 has flowers forming now and today we shook the pollen down onto the forming cobs.

20170716_174928Even the pumpkins are growing. We’ve already picked, eaten and given away no end of courgettes 🙂

Sadly, there’ll be no more strawberries this year, they’ve all finished, but they were delicious ! ..and so is the jam 🙂

 

Joe and Kiltie  want to sleep out on the veg patch tonight to keep watch and see who’s been nibbling the kale. We know who it is really but they just want to enjoy their summer holidays with a camp-out.

20170719_175139We know it’s not these little munchers. They only like to eat the Ragwort. We saw their mum earlier, the Cinnabar Moth.

They haven’t chosen the best night, we had thunder storms last night and we look likely to have some more rain tonight, but they’re sure their tent is waterproof so I said they could, but they have to call me if the rain starts to pour in. They both have their phones with them, and torches and snacks and books to read and Joe has his camera to record the kale-nibbler……

 

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You did remember to bring our phones didn’t you ?

I’m not sure they’re old enough for this but I’m close by and these are the memories we treasure when we grow up, so I’ve said they can be little guardspeople tonight. I’ll let you know whether or not this was a good idea…

 

8 thoughts on “Everything’s growing nicely

  1. This is a wonderful follow up to the spring planting! The photos are fabulous! What beautiful vegetables! The kids did a good job and now they have the reward of a fine harvest. I hope they have a fun camp out. Ellen

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  2. Everything seems to be growing wonderfully well over there this year. Such a wide variety too. You get a great feeling don’t you when it comes to harvesting your own home grown produce.
    My Runner Beans now have their bright orange flowers on them so have started giving them their weekly feed of Tomarite! I always look forward to seeing them at this stage knowing that those teeny, tiny, little beans will soon be appearing.

    What fun for your kids to be camping out overnight on their own. I can well remember that excitement with my brothers… although it was only in the back garden… we felt so adventurous and grown up as I’m sure they did.
    Such a shame that most of the kids nowadays don’t get to experience this wonderful part of education due to living in huge cities and built-up areas, although a few schools try their best to have a little garden of sorts.

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    1. My neighbour’s runner beans have flowers on too. I haven’t grown them this time because I’m not that keen on them. If I grow them I let them grow very big and then take the beans out so most of it is composted. I love the fancy pink marbled colour of the beans though 🙂 The kids had a great time camping out and now all the others want to be allowed to do it. We’re going to need a bigger tent….

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