Everything Has An End, Even The Season!


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August 2018

Everything Has An End, Even The Season!


Well l am rather pleased to see that at least one of the three plum trees is producing some fruit. Not as much weight as our first crop in 2016, but there is at least 30 fruits to still be harvested. So far we have cropped off a dozen or so, but they weren’t very good and were exceedingly dry inside the flesh. But the last few have been kinder, and don’t need a ‘beware funny dark creature lurking inside sign’, which is as said a real blessing, because from mouth on experience those dark critters don’t taste too good at all!


It was lovely to see Madam Doo out in the garden enjoying some sun today, as to eating she is still in recovery mode, but coming along in leaps and bounds since the ‘sprinkles’ discovery. We haven’t tried her on the pills, but we have got her taking the metacam which reduces the swelling around the joint, which in turn reduces the pain, so all good. She is walking again, although we do have to watch her very carefully as sometimes in atypical dog fashion, she forgets she has an injury and jumps around like a loony toon!


Slowly the summer vegetables are coming to the end of their cycles. Finally we are seeing some life from our tomatoes, although the cucumbers are still producing quite a bit of fruit. I think next year if we decide to grow tomatoes again, we will apply the tomato feed on a more regular basis. We will follow the guidelines also about shedding off the unecessary leaves, as that did improve the yield quite a bit. We overplanted on the tomatoes but what doesn’t colour up will be used in chutney.


Although admittedly the tomatoes in the greenhouse microenvironment ripened up quicker.


The courgettes, well mostly the plants are running out of fruits and yet we are still surprised that some who look dead have produced flower again ready to produce more courgettes.


The beans and courgettes are still doing well.


Our cucamelons have done really well as well, ready for picking.



Our first cucamelon crop

The greenhouse triffids as we call them, are also doing really well, we are just starting to see aubergines appear, but still yet to see the peppers produce, but we will probably bring those plants inside for the winter months.


The Triffids [Pepper Plants]


The young aubergines


Heaven’s above knows when l am going to be able to do anything with my compost heap though, who refused to allow me to photograph it! All l have been able to do is add, add, add and add even more to it, but no loving, no tenderness, no care has been awarded to it recently.

Anyway,  Suze and l have got our plates full of all sorts of things of late. We are not sure if we are going to be here in this property next year, so we are taking it easy planting out wise for over the winter months.

So till next time ..

Thanks for reading.

Rory, Suze and Doodlepip!

15 thoughts on “Everything Has An End, Even The Season!

  1. I got a tip about tomatoes and growing them in containers that makes sense. Apparently in very hot weather like we’ve had this year, their roots get too hot in containers and they stop producing fruit. I had them in bucket like planters too and it’s been a dreadful crop – about half a dozen tomatoes! Last year was much cooler and I had too many so ‘maters are going in the ground from now on!

      1. Or put the tomato pot inside another pot and fill out the edges with straw, hay, something (and cover the top with some sort of netting) to act as insulation.

        Those little cucamelons (we don’t call them that, but can’t remember what we do call them – apart from delicious), are the best thing in the garden (apart from baby choko of about the same size) for salad days.

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