We're having fab warm weather this summer - with many dry days and temperatures in the 70s F (20s Celsius). This is fantastic weather for Northern Ireland. The courgettes and other plants are generally loving the warm conditions. Not a bit of blossom rot in sight on the courgettes!
Left: Courgette Tondo di Piacenza are producing well in the large terracotta pot - two plants in the one pot.
This week I started harvesting courgette and I think my next challenge will be using them as there are many fruits forming on four of my five plants, and they mature very quickly. Tonight I'm making shepherds pie and will be chopping up the two courgette pictured below and putting them in, along with parsley from the garden.
|Above: these are about grapefruit size. I'm hoping to find a good recipe for stuffed courgettes as I think this shape is ideal.|
|The Courgette All Green Bush is also doing well and is starting to produce - the courgette pictured will soon turn into marrow size so it's on my list to harvest tonight!|
On a different topic, I've been away touring Wicklow and Wexford in Ireland over the last few weeks so haven't updated my blog much. I have three beds that I grow vegetables in and while I was away slugs and snails ate two whole veg beds worth of seedlings/plants - I came back to two empty beds! My third veg bed wasn't touched for some reason (apart from caterpillar damage to beetroot). On a positive note the vegetable plants at the community gardening project at Antrim Castle Gardens are thriving and I've been able to use some veg from there. More on all of this in the coming weeks. I hope to get caught up on my blog reading in the upcoming week as well!
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