As I sit down to type this latest blog post it is actually raining , it has been on the news recently about wild electric storms and places being flooded by torrential rain, well we have had neither here.
The weather has been really good to us over several weeks now but i must be honest and say, i am pleased that the rain is falling today. What has also gone at present it that tiresome clammy heat that seems to drain the life out of you, long live summer weather.
The plot is coming together nicely, we decided to get rid of the few cabbage and Kale plants we had grown as they take too much room up, so instead we have made a long wigwam and underplanted with French Dwarf Beans, something that doesn’t take forever to grow nor take up too much room. The two rows of radish are through already, they took just 3 days from seed to plant, amazing.
My son has very kindly set us up with a couple of waterbutts down amongst the beds, this will hold the BioCanna Vega Organic feed we will use on the plants weekly to help them grow healthy and strong. I planted out about 6 Sweetcorn plants last week as something of a gimmick, they are really growing well, i am so surprised with them.
The most important time in the life of growing organic food is the taste test, if you get this wrong, what’s the point of all the extra effort you have to put in to keep it free from pesticides and herbicides, well, i can reveal that the strawberries we are growing taste absolutely fantastic. We bought a punnet of strawberries from our local farm shop that looked amazing, we thought we would struggle to tell the difference, not a chance. The shop bought ones were a beautiful colour, reasonable flavour but were firm to the bite, ours on the other hand were of a similar colour, but the main difference was the flavour, ours were a real strawberry flavour and easy to bite, we are just too greedy to share any for a better taste test, but we will have too.
We have been eating strawberries for a few week now, it is surprising just how many fruits a plant will give up over the season, and they are still flowering so hopefully more to come yet.
The Peppers and the Tomatoes are growing away strongly, it will soon be time to plant them in their final resting pots, i have already done a few peppers and tied them with string to support them as they grow away. We have planted quite a few different types of tomatoes as it will be fun tasting all the different coloured ones we have to come, i know they will taste of tomato, but will the flavour be different or stronger, time will tell..