In May, I mentioned my big squash experiment. This inolved making a lasagne on top of undug turf using unrotted compost, horse manure and erm...a shower curtain and planting through it. It looked a bit like this:
Well, I am pleased to report to all of my fellow lazy gardeners out there, IT WORKS! This is how it looks today:
The plants needed watering in the first few weeks to get established, but since then I have done nothing except harvest squillions of lovely shiny squashes and courgettes.
The strategy of 'less is more' on the tomato plant front has worked well in the greenhouse, where we have had lots of tigerella and beefsteak tomatoes.
Green peppers and for the first time, Picollino peppers (grown from saved seed) have been a real success:
|Piccolino's are like normal peppers just smaller - so you can roast and stuff with garlic cream cheese. Mmmmm.|
Three cucumber vines have kept us in cucumbers nicely all summer.
|My first (and only) melon.|
Flat leaf parsley has been fab this year! Next to the leaf beet as spinach has been a failure - too hot and dry.
And lastly, the gorgeous red cabbage- fairly untouched by caterpillars. Can't wait for spicy braised red cabbage this autumn.