Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sharks on a Sea of Plastic

 A week ago I planted out three of my Sharks Fin Melon seedlings. The name comes from the flavour of the under ripe fruit which is said to be very similar to "traditional" sharks fin soup. (Another name for these Cucurbita ficiola is "Fig Leaf Gourd" but the the leaves don't look much like fig leaves to me!)

They've had the royal treatment being planted through weed suppressant fabric and covered with fleece. Stiill I am pleased to see that they have adjusted to their new location and put on a bit of growth. Now they will have to do without the fleece 

The same can be said for Dwarf French Beans "Canadian Wonder" and the Runner Beans.

My main activity today was to mound the potatoes.  This activity gives me an inordinate amount of pleasure.  Perhaps that's because that will be the last attention they will get before digging them up!

In another corner the Jerusalem artechokes are stirring. For some reason last year they refused to grow, so I am happy to see there will be no repeat this year.

Brassicas are coming on belatedly at home, but as yet nothing planted out. Soft fruit is looking like a bumper year in prospect.  Will post about that.


  1. Doesn't look like a fig leaf to me either - maybe they change shape as they mature.

  2. I earthed up some potatoes this week too. Our first early "Rocket" is just starting to flower. Looking forward to new potatoes soon!