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The veggie patch

As we nearly reach the end of another Summer although it feels that we have been short changed of one this year the veggie patch is looking a little wild, unkempt and in need of a tidy up and harvest of those veg that did manage to grow in the rain and cooler weather. Runner beans are going bonkers, raspberries keep on coming and I now have the best leeks that I have ever grown, there may be a bit too much chard along with courgettes (even some of the pigs are refusing to eat them now) but they may have to make up for the brassicas that never recovered from attacks of the rabbits. The same for the carrots that have had their green fronds trimmed daily thus tiny carrots as well as trimmed  lettuce.

Pumpkins seem to be taking over the patch, both on the ground and climbing their way up trees and fences. But the biggest blow is the tomatoes. It seems every ones tomatoes have now been affected by blight. I thought our plants may of got away with it but no seeing them today they are a sorry sight. I'm hoping to get just a few more red tomatoes before they are pulled up and disposed of. Thankfully the ones growing in the poly tunnel are well, although a lot slower in ripening, very strange as you would think they would be the first. I guess it all comes down to the weather being pants for sun loving plants, too much rain and damp is not what they like.Their may be no sun dried tomatoes, tomato sauce and all those tomatoey things I was hoping to make this year, at least there will be a stock of pasata and pizza sauce all be it in a smaller quantity. Bring on the pumpkins...............


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