I’ve picked the first mange tout peas and the first courgette. Both have been eaten and were delicious. The mange tout went into a stir fry and I attacked the courgette with my new spiralizer. We’re loving the courgetti that it makes.
The plants in the garden are still coming on slowly. The weather is so changeable that they don’t know whether they’re coming or going. The greenhouse is doing a little better though. I’ve had a good tidy in there and set up the staging on both sides to take peppers and chillis.
One of the cucumbers at the end is romping away, and the one that I replaced the one that failed with is doing its best to catch up. The tomato Shirley are doing well and have several small tomatoes on them.
The tomato Sungold outside the greenhouse aren’t doing too badly. They’re growing nicely and flowering. The huge thing next to them is one of the courgettes and is also doing well.
Note the little pots of marigolds scattered around. I’m hoping to avoid using chemicals for pest control if possible so have tried some companion planting. There are both marigolds and nasturtiums in the raised beds, although the blackfly seem to prefer my runner beans to the nasturtiums.