9 comments for “Bounteous harvest [part one]

  1. dearieme
    August 22, 2017 at 14:29

    Why crop the tomatoes so green?

    • Chuckles
      August 22, 2017 at 16:40

      firstly, we had the blight hitting the tomatoes on many of the allotments in Over, a week ago. Just trying to save some of the crop.

      And secondly, quite a few of the heirlooms and tree tomatoes were bearing so heavily that the branches were on the ground. I know we’re supposed to thin them out, but the parsimonious little heart rebels at that, so the compromise is to let them grow a bit, and pick some green to kitchen ripen and use for passata.

      • Mark in Mayenne
        August 22, 2017 at 19:16

        I also have difficulty in cutting of the side shoots. This year I was too late anyway. I read somewhere that you should experiment to see if you get a bigger crop by trimming or leaving them so I left them. Huge crop, but the stakes are not holding so my toms look like ground cover.

  2. Mark in Mayenne
    August 22, 2017 at 15:01

    I gave a massive tomato harvest this year and a glut of courgettes. More to follow on the blog.

    • Chuckles
      August 22, 2017 at 16:43

      Mark, It’s impossible not to have a glut of courgettes, they only come in two quantities, none, and flood.
      We’re growing one of the round varieties this year, which are delicious, but one round courgette equals about 6 or 8 normal ones, and they bear and grow like the world ends at midnight.

      • Mark in Mayenne
        August 22, 2017 at 18:36

        True. A courgette plant is a glut. Last year I planted one seed station but nothing grew. This year I planted four and they all grew.

  3. pete
    August 22, 2017 at 19:44

    money really does grow on trees!… 40lb of redcurrants off our (just four) bushes this year- current supermarket price = £1800
    – we pay £20 a year for our allotment

  4. August 22, 2017 at 20:43

    Oh sweet abundance.

  5. dearieme
    August 22, 2017 at 23:44

    The blight is a bugger. So far so good for us. Grilled toms with our chops tonight.

    We have an experiment in hand where the side shoots we cut off were dipped in hormone rooting compound and planted. We also have an extraordinary number of little tomato plants growing in our herb bed: obviously a lot of seeds survived their passage through our compost bin. It didn’t run hot enough, presumably.

    Berries: we tried half-standard redcurrant, blackcurrant and goosegog. Disaster: they’ve all fallen to bits. It’s back to the traditional bushes for us.

    Courgettes: we are now wedded to the yellow ones: so cheery on the plate.

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