We have Lift-Off! The first chilli fruit has set...
This is on the "Hot Portugal" plant. OK, so it's not hugely impressive yet, but hopefully it is a sign of things to come. To get any chillis this early in the year is a success for me.
The potatoes are also nearing readiness, I think.
The appearance of flowers on the potato plants is a sign of approaching maturity. The first tubers are probably useable now, though most likely very small. I'm going to leave my plants for another couple of weeks yet, in order to maximise the yield (please note: this takes a lot of willpower, since home-grown new potatoes fresh from the garden are a highly-desirable delicacy in my view).
Since this post has moved away from being about chillis and more towards being a general update, I might as well show you how my carrots are getting on.
In the past I have always had big problems with Carrot Root Fly, so this year my sole attempt at producing any carrots is in this old washing-up bowl. I have sown a fast-growing variety, "Amsterdam 3 - Sprint" from Mr.Fothergill's, which may just produce something useable before the flies find them. At present the bowl is sitting on top of my garden table, which puts it well above the height at which Carrot Root Flies allegedly cruise (supposedly 18" above ground level). If they do come on OK I will pick them at the "finger" stage and use them as salad ingredients.
To finish off, here's an arty collage of photos showing the state of play in my garden at the end of May:
This is a sort of panorama. Hanging out of the window of our spare bedroom, you can see the veg plot to your left; the patio straight in front, and the shrub-border to the right (with the road behind). I just wish the weather was summery enough to persuade me to shift all that stuff off the patio and get it ready for us to sit outside...