My apple tree had a pretty feeble blossom this year and I wasn't sure it was going to fruit but there are quite a few of these little apples adorning the tree so I'm hopeful for a few apple pies.
My herbs are doing well but the sage is trying to take over the whole herb patch so I think I'll need to be a little more ferocious with the cutters than I have been. The rosemary seems to have grown almost a foot so it must be a thirsty plant.
I'm not sure you can see it too well but I think that little dark fluffy thing is a potential quince. Let's hope so anyway, even if I had just one I'd be very, very happy.
My golden gages are doing exceptionally well, I planted the tree last Autumn. I thought the frosts and early blossom would have left me gagging for gages but I have a pretty healthy amount considering the size of the tree. I didn't realise they were russeted but I think that makes them even more charming. With the lack of warm weather I'm not sure when they'll be ripe for picking.
My rhubarb seems to be happily sucking up all the rain and has grown massively considering it's in the shadier part of the garden. It's overshadowing my other rhubarb plant though so come Autumn I'll have to move it.
My broad beans are happily growing although there are a few with unwanted blackfly. I love growing broad beans just for the flowers let alone the magnificent and plentiful pods that come afterwards.
My tomatoes seem pretty miserable. Normally very thirsty when the weather's hot they seem depressed at the lack of sunlight. Here's hoping they'll perk up and deliver some delicious fruit.
My courgette patch is the largest it has ever been with 12 plants gone in and growing well. They do seem almost as upset as the tomatoes so I'm not hopeful of getting any fruit. It's a shame because these were all heritage varieties; baby blue, flying saucer shapes and knobbly yellow ones. Fingers crossed.
I ate the above peas straight off the plant and out of the pod. People say that the peas you grow yourself will be the sweetest. I've always thought it's probably true but would you really notice? It turns out that yes, it is so noticeable it almost smacks you in the face. Not only are they like little drops of nectar but they are so fresh it's hard to explain. Until you've had a pea as fresh as that, you haven't had a pea.
My peas are what I'm most proud of; the reason being that this is the first time I have ever grown them and they are doing magnificently. Well, as far as I'm concerned one pod is a triumph but I'm inundated with them and am waiting for the peas to form.
If you're thinking about growing your own I have a few tips for you:
- Follow the instructions on the back of the seed packet and don't get all bogged down with hundreds of sources of information.
- Start with broad beans and peas, they're so good when fresh that they are worth the effort.
- You don't need lots of equipment. A spade, a trowel, some bamboo and some twine will bring you no end of possibilities.
It's a marvellous thing to be able to be this close to your food but if you don't have a garden or allotment I reckon you could get a good amount of peas in a tub in the corner of the lounge.