It’s still alive! If there’s one thing you can have absolute confidence in it is of course the British Summer’s ability to water your vegetable patch while you galavant around Europe in a tent for three weeks. It may have rained on us in the French Alps and snowed on us in the Swiss Alps but back home as far as I can gather we’ve had the drippy damp kind of summer that vegetables love. And love it they have. Well some of them.
Most notably the blackcurrant bush which not only has not died (phew) but is now covered with an aura of leafy green so that it both looks and faintly smells blackcurranty. My instructions tell me that next summer I have to prune away to make a central crown of branches and as they’ve got me this far I will be instruction following to the letter in the hope of a nice crop of currants next autumn.
The beans are also happy; all the shoots have flowers and apart from a couple of rebels who went for the netting, most of them are spiralling up my bean wigwam. Before we went away I took the netting off the beans, blackcurrant and courgettes; it struck me that while the netting is performing superbly in keeping the cat out of the garden it might also be keeping away the bees. And while it’s been a while since I studied biology, even I can remember that you need bees to pollinate. Judging by the results the gamble paid off, we have no sign of the cat and there are some teeny tiny little beans.
I think the netting may have done for the courgettes though. The plant that had the flowers that fell off has now produced some small green yellow courgettes that also fell off in a squishy brown sort of way and I think we can all agree that my two courgette plants were clearly just not that into each other. I do love courgettes though so roll on next year and we’ll have another go.
Meanwhile in the back garden my lone tomato plant has been thriving. We have lots and lots of green tomatoes just waiting for some sunshine, and as a welcome home present, three perfectly ripe ones to add to supper.
And while not technically veggies, the sunflowers have been going up up and away, and I’m so pleased we’re home in time to see them. They are just so cheerful to look out onto, sunshine even on a rainy day.
The Pocket Handkerchief Garden so far: