Week 25 Year 3: Courgettes become Marrows and harvesting Main Crop Maris piper Potatoes…

After a few weeks holiday, it is always a mixed joy to pop back to the Allotment: such growth and magnificent progress of my produce and weeds. It’s like a jungle has taken over!

The pumpkins have really turned orange at the front of the Plot. They look a little lonely as the plant leaves have srivled up and now that I have removed the Potato plants,  soon, this will be another “empty” Raised Bed: which isn’t good for the Inspections.

Progressing well for Halloween.

Progressing well for Halloween.

And the other one...

And the other one…

So pleased that growing Valencia Watermelons from seed that there is one fruit forming on one of the plants. There are a few flowers on other plants but only one fruit. Of course, it is too late to ensure it will grow huge but if I manage to get one, I shall be pleased: Next year I shall plant them in the greenhouse and look after them better!

My first Watermelon fruit

My first Watermelon fruit

It is tiny!

It is tiny!

And a few more flowers: so maybe some more fruit.

And a few more flowers: so maybe some more fruit.

A little disappointed with some of my potatoes: The Maris Piper ones are largely popped with slug holes: so will use them for mash. But pleased with the Cara ones.

Main Crop Cara Potatoes harvested

Main Crop Cara Potatoes harvested

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A handful of Main Crop Maris Piper.

A handful of Main Crop Maris Piper.

And it has really been transformational to have a Greenhouse: potatoes and tomatoes across the field have suffered from blight but my tomatoes are continuing to be most productive. Indeed, we have already made several bags of sauce and frozen it, given away lots by the bag and I will oven-dry some more before we collect even more! They are a variety of sizes, shapes and flavours which makes them really tasty.

Tomatoes!

Tomatoes!

Amazing Tomatoes

Amazing Tomatoes

Enjoying the harvest:

A harvest

A harvest

 

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