Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Wanderer Returns and all is not lost

Returning from a late summer break I wasn't sure what I would find at the plot - as the weather had been hot and sunny all week.  It turns out the plot did pretty well without my interference


patty pan summer squash - sungold tomatoes - mixed runner beans
and cocozelle courgettes
 Just wish I had spotted this courgette before we left - I found it lurking -  whale-like -  when we returned.  The runner beans which were practically non-existant seemed to have found their feet during the week and have been cropping well ever since.  The freezer is now just about bursting at the seams - not sure what I am going to do with all the spare produce from now on.    This burst of activity on the plot is really welcome after a very slow start.  The late crops I planted as a back-up will have to get a move on if they are to reach maturity before the cold weather sets in. 

spaghetti squash

Out of the four different types of winter squashes that I planted only one - the spaghetti squash - has produced anything.  One huge one and two smaller ones.  Of the rest of them - the Turks Turban - Butternut and Sweet Dumpling - there is nothing.  Not sure whether to call it a day on the squash front as I didn't have much success last year either.  The summer patty pans have been fairly prolific though, as they were last year,  but it would have been nice to have some squashes in store for winter.

patty pan squash
As for the rest of the crops - well, I have spring cabbage ready to plant out, plus cauliflower and winter cabbage plants.  The Savoy cabbages are hearting up nicely and purple sprouting broccoli  of various types is growing rapidly.  It may have been a bad year for some veg but others don't really seem to have been affected by the weather too much - and even with the slug and snail invasions -  they have survived constant attack from all sides.  So maybe, just maybe, we might make it through to next spring.


Greenhouse goodies - mixed tomatoes, banana chillies and aubergine
And in the cutting patch the sweet peas are still throwing out short-stemmed sweet peas but the stems of the plants are brown and wizened now
the cosmos are still flowering  and one or two zinnias but I doubt I will get many more bunches for the house

So our short summer is slowly coming to a close - blink and you missed it.

Till next time ...

34 comments:

  1. You've done so well, Elaine. I hope I can stick around and learn from you for next year!

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    1. Let's just hope the weather treats us more kindly next year.

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  2. My Butternuts have been disappointing this year. We have lots, but all very small. Nice harvest Elaine... a second freezer perhaps?

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    1. No question of a second freezer we just haven't the room my kitchen is pretty pokey. I'll just have to empty the freezer and re-pack it hopefully making a bit more space.

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  3. Well done, that is the best looking crop of anyone that I know. I've had a disasterous time with tomatoes, out of about 8 decent plants I have about 25 tomatoes, all still green. Very poor show. Just planted out my savoy cabbage though, have high hopes for them.

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    1. I've had blight on some plants and not on others - the greenhouse ones have been ok but the outdoor toms have been very slow to produce - not surprising really.

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  4. I'm not a veggie gardener but I do envy you yours. What a lovely harvest to greet you on your return.
    Patricia x

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    1. It took me a whole morning to process it all - chopping, slicing and freezing.

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  5. Super lot of produce most welcome on your return from hols

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    1. Pretty good - could have been a lot worse

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  6. Those patty pan squashes look cute. Like you my other squashes didn't like the weather and rotted away, but last year was ok. It's all swings and roundabouts isn't it!

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    1. Yes I agree - but I can't help wishing it was the same every year - so you know where you stand

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  7. Welcome back Elaine. I never know whether to be relieved that the plants are still thriving in my absence... or sad that they manage perfectly well without my attention!!

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  8. I'm glad your garden was in a good state on your return. What a great harvest you have! Your cut flowers are beautiful Elaine. x

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    1. My neighbour did a good job in the garden at home with the watering but the plot had to fend for itself - things could have been a lot worse

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  9. What a great harvest to come home to. I bet there was a lot of hard work in the garden before your holiday to make sure it was in such good condition when you got back!

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    1. Not only did the garden do pretty well whilst we were away the weeds did pretty well also. So need to get cracking on putting everything to rights whilst the weather is still good.

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  10. Congrats, Elaine. Despite the bad summer it is good to see any harvest. First time for Pumpkins for me and I have one lovely medium sized. Aubergines surprised me and I have a few small ones, but delighted they set fruit at all. Welcome Back to reality :)

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    1. After the really poor start I am relieved that I am getting anything to harvest at all - it was touch and go for a while

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  11. What a nice harvest to come home to, I'd be pretty chuffed with that lot. My squash have been a disaster, one variety didn't germinate and the other two haven't produced anything. I'll try again with them next year.

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    1. Seems like everyone is in the same boat with squash this year - the poor start to the planting season didn't help but as you say, there's always next year.

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  12. What a bumper harvest in spite of the neglect and pretty flowers thrown in too.

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    1. I don't expect there will be many more bumper crops now the weather is turning a little colder - shame the summer couldn't have lasted a little longer.

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  13. What a fine welcome home the vegetable patch gave you. Flighty xx

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    1. Yes it did - much better than I thought

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  14. Hope you enjoyed your break, very nice pictures and post as always. I've got the same full freezer problem with more veg to dispose of in the days to come.

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    1. Yes we did thanks - I didn't think I would have a full freezer this year so I'm not complaining.

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  15. We are just back from a week away and haven't been to the plot yet so I hope our plot has fared as well as yours did!

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    1. I expect it fared a lot better - hope so anyway

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  16. I'm jealous of your patty pan squash success. My plant looks to be on its way out. I got a harvest of two!

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    1. I'm surprised at that as they seem to be a pretty good small squash to grow - perhaps it will suddenly spring into action for you.

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  18. What a lovely crop to return home too, all very healthy looking, beautiful flowers, nice have a vase with a few flowers in to brighten the place up, always lifts the spirits too:)

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