Have a look at these lovely Broad Beans. I think you can see why this variety is called "Imperial Green Longpod". I expect there to be 8 - 10 beans in each pod, as opposed to the 6 - 8 beans there are in the pods of my other variety, "Jubilee Hysor".
The growing of peas always presents me with a dilemma. We love home-grown peas, but I can't afford as much space as I would like for growing them, so I never get a very big crop. We tend to use them in combination with something else - for instance Broad Beans - or simply eat them raw as a "nibble". This year I sowed a few each of four varieties. "Early Onward" has performed best. The plants have been very vigorous, and have grown to an enormous height. However their pods are only just approaching maturity when the other three types have just about finished.
|"Early Onward" peas|
I have few pots of Dwarf French Beans on the go now. I sowed them a month or so after the climbing beans because they are more sensitive to cold weather and I wanted to wait until the danger of frost had passed. There are two pots each of the purple-podded variety "Amethyst" and the stylish bi-color black-and-white "Yin Yang". I'm growing the Amethyst for their young pods, but I'll let Yin Yang mature fully so that I can harvest the beans.
The red cabbages are looking healthy, if a bit "leggy", and just beginning to form hearts. I only have three of these cabbages. They are the "Marner Langerrot" variety. They will mature towards the end of September I expect.
One or two of my tomatoes are finally showing a bit of colour. These ones are "Maskotka" - a bush variety which produces huge quantities of small red fruits. These were Lara's favourite last year, so we will probably need large quantities!
I'm harvesting more Daikon than we can eat now. Must give some away... Here's some of them, along with a "Caramba" cabbage and a "Webbs Wonderful" lettuce.
The latest batch of Rocket is just about ready for using. I think I forsee a pizza meal...
I even have a pot of Coriander. I won't be eating this, because I am allergic to it, but Jane likes it so I have grown it for her. When I'm away from home on business she normally takes the opportunity to eat fish and seafood (which I don't eat), so next time she will be able to have Coriander on her Prawn curry maybe!
The only things that are doing really badly this year are the cucumbers. Each of my plants has produced only one very small fruit so far, and the plants have refused to climb up that lovely wooden structure I made for them. In fact the plants are still very small and have very few leaves. Maybe if the weather warms up they will have a late rally?