|Tomatoes splitting in the wet conditions|
As long as the temperature remains fairly high, the cucumbers will like the rain. They are growing so rapidly that I reckon if I had a webcam trained on them we could see them grow! I think Nature adapts well to conditions. The cucumbers seem to know that in the Summer they can take their time, but this late in the year they need to get a real move on. Look at these two pictures, taken only 4 days apart...(Compare the size of the fruit in relation to the leaf just to its right)
I would say that the fruit has pretty much doubled in size.
I had been planning to cut down the vines from the big Ferline tomatoes this weekend, since I have harvested all the fruits (many of which have either been converted into sauce for Winter use, or are still ripening on the Dining Room table), but I'm not doing this if it continues to rain. There is really no rush, since it's no longer a question of clearing one crop to make space for a following one.
The advent of more typical September weather has reminded me that I need to give my Sprouting Broccoli plants a bit more support. I tied them in against some stout hardwood stakes when I first planted them, but they have already grown a huge amount and they need some more ties further up the stakes, otherwise the gales that we are bound to get soon may knock them over. With only 6 plants to do, this is only a 10-minute job, but I'll probably avoid doing it in the rain if I can!
|Sprouting Broccoli -- getting quite big now|