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Monday, 18 September 2017

Kumquat


My kumquat flowered abundantly this year, and all the flowers produced a fruit.


It looks promising, and I hope the fruits won't fall off like they did the last year.


I still keep it on my terrace. The night temperature goes down to 12°C, but the days are still pretty warm. I only hope it won't do it any harm.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Cherry Tomatoes


Yesterday afternoon I was checking up my pumpkins and was really surprised to realize how much cherry tomatoes are still there on the crawling branches. These are self-seeded tomatoes and I never gave them any support because there is plenty of lands for them to spread. They grow between pumpkin and squash vines and seem to tolerate each other well. If the weather would be favorable, I would soon have another good harvest of tomatoes.


I also harvested another kind of tomato and kohlrabi. I pick up the carrots and parsley, runner beans and swiss chard. The summer was pretty hot and many vegetables, like runner beans, for example, were in some state of dormancy, if I may say so. Now, with lower temperatures and proper rain, they came alive.


I certainly have prepared the soil well for the root vegetable. The carrots and parsley are pretty long, but this one on the photo broke the record with 47 cm! 


It is time to collect and sort out the seed. I have already collected the seed of many flowers. Now I am drying the seeds of butternut squash and cucumbers. I found one big yellow cucumber that I missed by picking. I'll see if it is going to germinate the next year.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Harvesting Pumpkins


Today is a day for harvesting pumpkins, gourds, squashes, and co.


Butternut 'Harrier'. Delicious.


Squash 'Hooligan'. Can be filled up and baked in the oven.


Pattypan 'Scallop'. 


These are simply for autumn decoration. 





Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dwarfs and Gianths


I picked up a lot of tomatoes today. Only this big one weights more than half a kilo.


Funny! The smallest one is 163.75 times lighter than the big one.



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Cherry Tomatoes and Blackberries


Every year all over my vegetable garden appears quite a lot of cherry tomato seedlings. As they fell off, the seeds survive in the ground even the harshest winter. I leave only a few of them in my vegetable garden cause they are pretty vigorous plants and need lots of space.


On the other hand, on a patch of ground that actually isn't my garden, but I have a permission to use it, I leave about 10 plants. I don't stake them, but simply leave them to crawl and spread. I harvest them every other day as they ripen.


At this very place on the other side of my garden fence, there are wild brambles growing through the bushes. The berries are pretty big and shiny so, I believe they are crossed-pollinated with some of the cultivated ones. Last autumn I cut them all to the ground. This year the new stems are full of fruits. 


I picked up this bowl of blackberries in just ten minutes. And, it is only a third of the total that I should pick up today. There are lots of red, semi-ripe blackberries and I am looking forward to another good harvest.