We had a beautiful weather today on the 5th July and many members on site.
As always our first port of call when entering the site was to check on Pumpy, son of Pumpy! He is doing well, starting to have flowers, so keep your fingers crossed that we can have another Giant Pumpkin for October again. The other three ‘Pumpy, the Next Generation’ plants, were also doing well, and one even appears to have the start of a very small pumpkin present. The courgettes are doing well, and we have two yellow courgette plants and two green ones, all with courgettes present so hopefully we should have plenty to make Marrow Chutney come September.
Two large bags of bark were delivered and quickly spread around the site by four members. We continued to harvest the chard, peas, lettuce and onions, and we started harvesting the courgettes, cabbage and the curly Kale. We also harvested the raspberries the birds had left us, and most of the rest of the blackcurrants.
Having harvested the lettuces we had a whole bed free and it was decided to plant beetroot and cauliflower…watch this space for news on how this does. The Pak Choi planted a couple of weeks ago sadly seems to be tasty for something on site and consequently looked a bit poorly, but the dwarf beans and the turnips also seemed to be doing quite well, with the Rocket planted last week by a member already coming up.
Next weeks plans: weeding, harvesting peas, strawberries, raspberries, chard, cabbage, courgettes, broad beans, dead heading flowers, some more weeding (!) and thinking about what to plant for the winter!