Well, everything is at full growing pace at the moment, lots of stuff to harvest, and a hell of a lot of stuff that should start to come good this month too.
Here we have my dwalf french beans, a patch I have dug over and added some organic matter for another sowing of peas and a couple of rows of my early peas. You can see the dwalf french beans are a little patchy - down to slug damage but I plant more seeds as fast as the fuckers eat the plants - I check after dark when it is damp too and chop the slugs in two with a trowel, the bastards.
Here you can see more of my peas - you can see some of the plants at the back yellowing - these were the earlies and I plant a new row evrey two - three weeks to keep harvesting from spring to Autumn.
Here you can see some young peas and some very small ones that I sowed just two weeks ago. You can also see my broad beans which have just started to crop and I should get shit loads. On the left are my climbing french beans - they are a variety called Cobra and for my soil and location, I can find nothing to beat them in vigour, crop and taste.
Here are some of my winter brassica - members of the cabbage family. We have Cavelo Nero kale, Fielderkraut - a German pointed cabbage and a winter cabbage called Guardsman. The net over them is to protect them from birds as they will quickly eat small plants. On the left of the netting I have what I call turnips, what people in the south of England call Swede and what americans call Rutebega. Cant beat it boiled up with roast beef.
My sweetcorn is on the right, a variety called Lark. They are around 4 1/2 foot high and just beginning to put the stalks out the pollen will fall from. I have 105 plants and will get 2 very good sized cobs per plant and 2 more smaller ones. If I was certified organic (and I only grow to organic standard) I would be selling this lot for around £300. I then have my pumpkins in the foreground, just starting to really spead, behind them squash and behind those cucumber plants. On the left are summer cabbage at the back, savoy cabbage in the middle and purple sprouting broccoli which I have already taken a couple of harvest from but it will keep on putting shoots out.
You can see the broccoli etc on the right, in the centre we have Brussle Sprouts - a variety called Evesham I grow and mid to late winter kale. To the left of that their is Swiss Chard - the stuff with the bright stems, beetroot, carrots, spring onions (scallions), lettuce, some spare winter brassica in pots in the trays so I can move them around when I want to use the space and you can just see my leeks on the left.
You can see my leeks and onions better in this pic. Two rows of leeks, a row of onions grown from seed and a few rows of onions grown from sets (small bulbs you buy in the spring). I think from now on I will grow all of my Alliums (onions, leeks, garlic, shallots) from seed as then their is no chance of bringing disease in from outside.
This is the crowning glory. My tomatoes. The greenhouse is 15x10 foot and most of the plants are 6 foot + with 7 trusses of tomatoes each. I have a mix of Alicante, Sweet Million at the back and a couple of Roma on the left. I have been eating the sweet million since the last week in June and started eating the Alicante this week. The Roma should be good in 2 weeks or so.
Here we have my three dwarf apple trees. Dont know what variety, but I get shed loads of apples. Beneath them are two gooseberry bushes and, mint and a hell of a lot of rasberries. I am eating the rasberries and goosberries at the moment, but I will dig everything out this winter to give it all more space. I am getting more land so I will move my fruit to the new land I think.
Here are my outdoor Roma tomatoes. Funnily enough, these are further on than my indoor tomatoes and I expect to get my first ones this weekend.
These are some of my potatoes - I am growing them in some space in a neighbours garden so thats why you can see hedge - I chainsawed a bit out in spring so I can get in easy to earth them up. I am growing Kestral, both from seed potatoes I bought and some I saved from last year, Anya, a small, knobbly salad potatoe and International Kidney, which is what Jersey Royal potatoes are. I should get 150-200lbs of potatoes. Been harvesting the International Kidney since last month and the Kestrals will see me through until March, maybe April next year. I will harvest them over the next two weeks and store them in sacks.
This is a typical load of manure - I get around about this many bags of it a week and it goes on the manure heap - I have two which you can see next to the outdoor tomatoes. As I am going to build a shed where the heaps are, I am having to store the manure in bags at the moment until I clear some space for new heaps. The manure is the engine that keeps the garden going. Its a mix of horse shit, piss, wood shavings and sawdust. The wood shavings are the reason my might have noticed a lot of mushrooms growing in the garden. It has been unussualy wet of late and the mycellium in the horse shit collonise any un-rotted wood. I dont mind as the mycellium break the wood down into better products than bacterial action alone.
Here you can see some of my spare winter brassica in pots and guttering. I tend to start a lot of things in guttering, it makes it easier to move around and it saves making seedbeds in early spring - although I add a lot of organic matter, I have only been on this plot for four years and it is a very heavy clay soil. It is getting there, with the manure, crushed granite, soot, ash and sea weed I add but is always a little cold in early spring.
Here is a better picture of my sweetcorn. Bearing in mind I am 55 degrees North I can be smug as fuck about this. I do not know of anyone in my part of the country that does as well as the stuff. I think its down to instinct in when to sow, pot on and plant the corn.
No garden is complete without an area for shit
. Bricks, sandstone, timber, a pallet truck, a wheel and tyre from my truck, a few old baths, scaffolding, old propane canisters, granite worktops, cement mixer and timber. Never know when those damn Russians are going to attack and you need to rebuild your town in 15 minutes.