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!
Those Devin lettuces looks delicious!ReplyDelete
I think you have a far better chance of perfect potatoes when you grow in containers rather than open ground. You have reaped a bounty - we are just getting there.ReplyDelete
hello from another garden sharer. i'm overwhelmed by everything you are growing. it's astounding and just wonderful to see. the runner bans with their scarlet flowers - make wistful for our warmer months, which are very far away. so thanks for summer by proxy!ReplyDelete
Those runner beans are so showy. I miss having them in the garden, but more for their flowers than their beans as I like the normal pole beans better for taste.ReplyDelete
Fantastic harvest Mark! I'm another Garden Sharer and am quite envious over here in chilly old Melbourne! Your potatoes are just brilliant, i am very inspired to get my garden in order so I can have a great Summer harvest like you! Julie :)ReplyDelete
It's all looking very good, Mark. Shame about the tomatoes (have you spoken to the compost supplier?); will the toms you get be edible even with weedkiller in the compost? And I'm amazed that the slugs and snails don't make their way towards your lovely lettuce trays - anything that I put on the ground seems to be fair game for them!ReplyDelete
Looking good, especially those spuds grown in compost. Sad to hear about your contaminated compost affecting your garden, nothing worse, hope it does set you back much. Enjoy harvest time :-)ReplyDelete