Despite the black fly which seems to be covering our garden like a blanket, these french beans are growing so well. I didn’t notice any beans yesterday and yet today it seems it is covered in them with a lot of them ready to be picked. We have never grown french beans before but it does make a nice change from the normal runner beans (we have them too) and much quicker to prepare when cooking too. The white flowers of these mixed well with the red from the running beans and they all continue to put on a good show.
We planted peas a bit late so it was always interesting to see what we would get and it has been a bit unfortunate for them. Firstly due to me not implementing vertical growing to any great degree meant that the pea plants that could have grown up and up and produced loads ended up meanly on the ground. Secondly, and also due to me not implementing vertical growing, the tomato plants in the the next squares have grown all over the place and over powered the peas a bit too much. Shame on me then for not doing it all correctly as by the amount everything has grown, if it was able to climb upwards then we would be laughing. Instead, we are laughing but in a slightly different way as the photo of the peas shows our harvest! They did well against everything but in the end the tomatoes over powered them. These plants will come out now and over the next weeks we will plant some more for a quick last minute harvest.
So as you see, the tomatoes have grown really well all over the place and are sporting loads of green tomatoes which sometime in August must turn red and be ready to either eat raw or added to cooking. These two plants came from a bloke off Freecycle and I think I must keep in contact with him in case he grows loads again next year and needs to get rid of the seedlings. My worry at the moment is tomato blight as we have had no rain for well over a month (possibly two months even) which is fantastic after the last two years worth of bad summers, but with the watering and high humidity I know I am asking for trouble here. Fingers crossed. Now… if only I had implemented that vertical growing…….