I left for the plot at 9 am this morning. The rain started at 9:05 and by 9:15 I realised that I had to turn back. Its been raining all day since. So instead of tidying up the now empty onion patch and cutting the grass on the path I have the opportunity to do a catch up on the state of the plot with a few pictures taken in the last week:
The biggest surprise has been the discovery of three Sharks Fin Melon/Fig Leaf Gourd fruit hidden away at ground level underneath all those leaves:
Its already more than six inches across, as is this one, and another one. There are plenty more on the way too!
Not to be left out the Kabocha have started to bulk up too:
All in all there is a riot at this end of the plot. The Jerusalem Artechokes are now over 6ft tall.
In the foreground the parsnip is coming on nicely, and behind them, next to the carrot tent there is a bit of an experiment:
These are scorzonera:
The brassica patch is thriving on top of the weed suppressant fabric.
and the maincrop spuds are looking good:
Of course the earlies are looking very scruffy now by comparison:
but they are providing good eating.
At the other end the beans and the leeks are keeping each other company. The broad beans are all finished, but the runners have started cropping and the Canadian Wonder are being left for drying. In the background of this shot the fruit cage has given up on both strawberries and summer raspberries (although the Autumn have yet to start). Thank goodness for rhubarb which just goes on and on giving.
The signs are that the blackberries won't be long now with a bumper crop:
So a lazy day, but on review I am well pleased with the plot this year.