My favourite is "Charlotte", a very reliable and prolific Second Early, with waxy oval tubers. An excellent salad potato.
But "Blue Kestrel" is also a strong contender.
The Lettuces this year have been amazing. Some of them scored very well in terms of size, like this "Green Oak Leaf" one:
Whereas others were more notable for their quality - such as this "Devin":
During the month I had the first of my Carrots. Just a few though; they were ones that were in danger of bolting. I'm leaving most of them to mature further before harvesting them.
The Broad Beans were all harvested within the month. I had a good crop this year, and we particularly liked the variety "Stereo" (on the right, below), which produces small but very tender and tasty beans.
In the UK everyone associates June (and the Wimbledon tennis tournament) with Strawberries!
I don't have much space to devote to Strawberries (I grow them in black plastic crates), so I'm never going to have a big harvest, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in terms of quality.
The biggest news this month from my garden is unfortunately not good. As I'm sure many readers are already aware, I have had a major issue with weedkiller-contaminated compost which has caused all sorts of deformities to occur in many of my plants, particularly the beans, chillies and tomatoes.
|Tomato plant deformed by weedkiller contamination in compost|
|Chilli plant deformed by weedkiller-contaminated compost|
There's lots of promise elsewhere too. The Runner Beans have reached the tops of their canes, and have produced loads of flowers. No pods yet, but I'm fairly sure that this time next month I'll be reporting that I have harvested a decent quantity.
You can also see in that photo above that I have stopped harvesting Asparagus, and am now leaving it to develop fern so that it builds up strength for next year.
The Brussels Sprouts are continuing to develop nicely, protected by their net from the Cabbage White butterflies.
This is the "Winter Veg" bed, with Swedes (left), Leeks (centre), and Cabbages (right). There's a row of Beetroot visible in the nearer bed too.
This is a part of the "Nursery", where I have lots of little Lettuces, Endives, Chicories etc coming on for successional planting when space becomes available. Growing space doesn't stay idle for very long in my garden during the Summer-time!
Harvested in June:
Lots of herbs
Planted in June:
Sown in June:
This is my monthly entry for The Garden Share Collective.
See you here next month!