For the first time last week on a trip up to the City, The Sage got to see this blog and the veggie updates were carefully analysed (The Sages don’t have broadband yet). I am glad to say that at the end of it all he was grinning from ear to ear and seemed to think it pretty good stuff. In fact, he really seems to be getting into it. In the weekend just gone we had a second crop from the blackcurrants and this was even better than the first, with the rain helping to swell the berries and those left were mostly a deep dark colour waiting to be picked.
“I hope you have got a good picture of them” said the Sage, though it really came across as a bit of a question.
“This one will do I said”, noting that all the branches seemed to be laden with their dark fruit.
“We can do better than that”, decreed The Sage, promptly lifting up another branch.
So from possibly finding the photo snapping sessions a bit of a rude interruption, The Sage is now looking to ensure that time is taken for the blog to show the best bits of the plot. This bunch of blackcurrants was deemed to be suitably photogenic for your consumption. As for the currants themselves, they are proving to be so bountiful this year that we have been giving away bowls of the fruit as well as doing a spot of freezing and jam making.
The courgettes are also starting to produce and the knife came out to claim a couple. The other great bit of news is that we have our first properly defined cauliflower heart with one of the ‘All Year Round’ varieties providing a nice creamy white centre. Cabbages are also thriving and I think we may be making offerings with these too – no point in seeing them go to waste.
It is mostly going really well and shows us just how dependent we are on the weather. There we were at the end of May bemoaning that the harshly cold weather had stunted all growth, when we get a great period of sun and warmth all topped off by some recent showers to provide bumper crops. So difficult to predict.
Of course, no garden story is complete without its failures, only partial in this latest case. The Broad Beans have not delivered this year and have suffered from blackly and being in one of the poorer beds (a bit less light) to produce a fairly meagre crop. A number of pods were empty, knobbled and twisted too. Still we did get a crop and have rations in the freezer.