Vegetable growing is very different for me this year having given up my allotment at the end of last year. Normally, at this time of year, the courgette glut would just be starting, I'd be preparing beans for the freezer and I'd have had my fill of strawberries. I gave up the allotment due to lack of time so it was a conscious decision to only grow a few things in my garden this year, I didn't want to have given up the plot just to have as much work on at home. I decided on tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers in addition to the fruit bushes and trees I already have in the garden.
The things I've grown are just starting to produce now and this is the small harvest I got yesterday, four cucumbers, three tomatoes and a tumbler of blueberries.
I decided I'd grow two Mini Munch cucumber plants and they started off really well. They were both looking healthy and then all of a sudden, one of the plants just keeled over and died. I've heard of a few people with a similar problem this year. So, I've only got one plant but it looks to be working hard, there's lots more fruit on the plant at various stages of growth. As you can see, two of the cucumbers are a much lighter green than the other two, I think these have been left on the plant too long.
The ripe tomatoes are from my Totem and Bloody Butcher plants, the Maskotka haven't started to turn red yet. The plants aren't looking their best this year but I should get enough tomatoes for my requirements from them and now they've started to ripen, the other fruit on the plants should follow suit.
I'm having a good year with the blueberries. I grow them in containers along the side of the conservatory, the birds don't tend to venture this far up the garden so I don't need to net them.
I'm also harvesting potatoes, two varieties, Arran Pilot and Anya.
My harvests this year may be small but growing your own is still well worth doing in my opinion for the taste alone. Nothing you buy from a supermarket quite compares to the delicious taste of fruit and vegetables picked fresh from the garden.