Friday, 6 June 2008

What a difference a couple of weeks makes, particularly when you have lots of hot days interspersed with a few showers of rain.
Sweet yellow toms on the left, red cherry toms on the right. A good few dozen flowers hiding in there so should have a good crop this year.
There are four cucumbers on this plant at the moment. They grow aprox one inch a day. Home grown are much sweeter than shop bought.
This is the biggest success though, I never expected garlic to grow this well in Scotlands climate. Biggest ones are about 18' 450mm high and growing all the time.
Had a major disaster with the chilli's. I planted them along with the toms in a mixture of compost and cowshit. I think the cowshit may have been too strong for them and most never got past the 2 leaf stage. However I managed to rescue a few and put them into dung free compost and they are thriving.
I have put a rather unusual tropical plant in the greenhouse this year. Its a bug eating Mimosa. This plant, I hope, will eat any green/black/whitefly and any other plant eating beasties.


Mungo said...

I'd take the tomatoes over the garlic, but then I'd have to travel to Scotland... the garden looks great - congratulations on your hard work!

This afternoon I opened the compost bin to toss in a few orange rinds and potato skins and found several potato stalks growing like mad. I think I'll consider transplanting them out of there and plonking them in the potato patch that I have already.

I'm now also going to check my garden carefully to see if there are any beagle-eating Mimosa plants. Just to be certain, you see.

Hope you are well.



Gordon Mills said...

Hi Mungo.
If you are'nt using the compost this year why not leave the spuds where they are. Sounds as though you will have a good crop. You can just leave them there until winter, maybe have them for Christmas dinner.
Funny plant the Mimosa, when touched it either closes its leaves or shy's away.
The beagle should be safe.
All the best and hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we are.