Wednesday, 31 August 2016

What we spent in July and August

Tomatoes

During the last 2 months our spending has gone a bit awry due to visitors, a trip back to the UK, our son stayed with us for a month and we had a few meals out, but the last thing we want to do when we have visitors is skimp, so needless to say we went over our challenge budget. We’ve also been making the best of what’s in the veg patch, lots of courgettes, carrots, green beans and cucumbers and we’ve still got loads of delicious new spuds to enjoy. So a warning to those coming to visit soon, you’d better like courgettes and cucumbers.

This little pile of sweet cherry tomatoes might not look much, but they are our only tomatoes so far this year. Earlier in the year, we lost our original plants to blight but a lovely friend gave us some plants that had seeded in her garden. We had no idea what we would get but we’ve got cherry, beefsteak and plum so far, they just need to turn red.

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  1. Your crop sounds much the same as ours except we now have quite a lot of tomatoes. Even the plums that started out in the green house that looked like they would never grow, now are full of tomatoes. Also lots of pumpkins for winter, some a bit too big, but just means lots more soup!! Green beans I did not plant because we were away but still have some frozen from last year so they will tide us over. Hope all is well, take care Diane xox

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    1. We have lots of butternut squashes, perfect for winter soup.

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    2. Pumpkins are great but we only have two of the smallest butternuts we have eve grown!!! xx

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  2. Kerry, when you say you lost them to blight "earlier in the year", did you see the blight on the plants and pull them up straight away?

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    1. We saw signs on the leaves first then on the stems. The stems rotted and collapsed. We tried cutting off the rotten parts but it didn't help, so decided to take the lot up.

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    2. You had a real attack.... strange, because most plants will grow through "early blight"... there are two different fungi that cause blight.... health plants will normally grow through the "early" type. Presumably it was still in this year's "wet and cold" period?

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    3. It was in May time when it was warm and humid. Apparently blight loves these conditions. We had potatoes that were also showing signs of the disease so took the decision to take them out and cut down the foliage on the spuds. It was a shame with the tomatoes as they'd been given to us by our lovely French neighbour and they were varieties we'd never heard of before.

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