Thursday, 7 June 2012

Coming along nicely....



I planted my Courgettes on the 19th of May; just about 20 days ago, and already I have flowers and tiny fruits. A few more days and I shall be eating the first of the crop. I've also made a resolution to eat the flowers this year; usually they end up on the compost.... my laziness.



Everything else is looking OK. The Red Cabbages are really doing well, as are the Red Onions, Carrots, Sprouts, etc.  I've put in a few Giant Pumpkins this year (I usually don't bother with such frippery), and they are already looking as if they might produce champion fruits.

The Tomatoes are all in flower, there's 'some' fruit on the trees, and elsewhere I've been gathering a reasonable amount of Girolles (and two small Cèpes). 

Hoeing, for the moment, is still rewarding, but things tend to change towards Summer when weeds become ignored. However, with a currently tidy Haddock's, and very few bugs about, things are looking as good as can be expected.


And look what I've just found. I was doing a little hand-weeding, when I discovered THIS (there are about 3 this size)..... I'm amazed!

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27 comments:

  1. oh my! It's all happened so quickly (to my way of thinking). Seems like yesterday that you were being swamped by rain that endangered the seedless. Well, it looks awfully nice now. Bravo.

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  2. Well done. It looks good. Heavy snow in the South Island with most of the hill passes closed this morning.

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  3. It all looks very productive - the red cabbages are beautiful.

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  4. It's beautiful really beautiful! The cauliflower looks absolutely good enough to eat! Very impressive indeed!

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  5. golden hands, golden fruit, if there is no thief ...
    to grow between tomatoes and Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, it seems?
    regards Jasmin

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    1. Yes, there's Swiss Chard, Curly Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Aubergines, and Peppers.

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  6. Your garden looks amazing Cro, the hard work is paying off! Your caulis are great...definately look like caulis, not the white sprouting brocolli you expected ;) Now, just keep busy with that hoe and you'll be ok eh, he he. I'm hoping that the downpours we're having here at the moment aren't going to kill anything off, just give us a break from watering!

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    1. I'm amazed too DM; as you say, I'd expected something quite different. Caulis are not easy to grow (or so I believed).

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  7. Years ago we tried to grow cauli. We only managed to produce one, a perfect palm sized specimen and when cooked, provided a forkful each! :-D

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  8. now you are just making us northerners cry!!!!
    well no doubt ours will come along in.....August???

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  9. The garden looks great, Cro! So healthy looking. Mine is doing fine, but yours is neater.

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    1. I'm such a scruffy bugger, but I can't stand Haddock's to be untidy. Strange.

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  10. Everything looks so good. What a great garden you have.

    The weather here has been perfect for a garden. We have sun in the day and rain at night. Plants are growing at a very fast pace. I only have a raised bed for vegetables and herbs and they are at the size they usually are at the end of June. Mother Nature has been good to us this season.

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  11. Off googling all your gardening terms - courgettes!!! Zuchinni! And cepes and girolles - MUSHROOMS!!! Who KNEW? I always learn something new here.

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    1. A purposefully pedagogical posting.

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  12. ** hangs head in shame ** Haddocks puts this lazy article gardener to shame. Nary a weed pulled nor a plantlet planted. It's either been too wet, too hot or "not enough time". Ah well - maybe next year.

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  13. Well done Cro...I see a lot of delicious ratatouille in your future!

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    1. I've still got about 15 jars in reserve... I'll have to get eating!

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  14. From a no green thumb gardner, cauliflower is not difficult. We skipped the "fold over the leaves to blanche the heads" part (too much work) and had half a dozen large heads in return. Yummy.

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  15. Impressive vegetable growing sir - and so neat and tidy! Here in Yorkshire I planted out my courgette plants as recently as June 4th so you're well ahead. By the way, my brother and his girlfriend live near Pamiers. Is that anywhere near you?

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    1. Pamiers is further South than here. Is it traditional to plant on The Glorious 4th?

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    2. Dear Cro,
      In Sheffield frosts can happen right up to the end of May so it is advisable not to plant out tender vegetables until after that time. I see you are a painter. My brother needs some emulsioning doing in his gites. Perhaps you can give him an estimate.
      Regards,
      Y.Pudding

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  16. Oh wow! Cro your garden looks fantastic. The rain has been bucketing down here all day so wouldn't be surprised if our garden gets washed away.

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  17. Those are some healthy looking plants there, Cro!

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  18. your garden looks fabulous!! we just started seeing flowers today...how fun!!

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