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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tomatoes


Tomatoes look good this year, maybe because the weather is dry and there is no trace of any fungal diseases. I do water them regularly, spray with horsetail soup and feed with my homemade comfrey fertiliser.


I have no idea what sorts of tomato I have except 'Maskotka' and 'Gigantomo' that I grew myself from seed. But, these two bear no fruit yet only the flowers.


I picked up a few ripe tomatoes yesterday. Soon it will be more. 


This is 'Jabuńćar' (meaning 'Apple'), the Serbian breed. The plants have grown enormously big up to bamboo canes, 1.8 m! If I had known they would be so big I would give them more space.


The fruit will be pretty big, a handful of just one tomato. This variety matures a bit late in the season, so I am supposed to have enough tomatoes throughout the season.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Pumkins and Gourds


This gourd accidentally germinated right on the spot where I sowed the ornamental bindweed. 


  As it seems, they two happily grow together. 



In spite of very hot days, 33 - 37°C in the last week, all the pumpkin and courgette vines grow like crazy. 


We haven't had much rain and regular watering is in order.


I am happy to say that almost every flower of the squash 'Harrier' (Cucurbita moschata) is successfully pollinated and there will be lots os squashes from only two plants. It's a butternut squash type, one of the earliest maturing variety.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

An Unexpected Guest


I was sitting in my living room when I heard a sudden bump into the kitchen door. I knew immediately what it was, a bird confusing the real tree for a mirroring image in the door glass.


It happens now and then and it is usually a small bird like a sparrow or the great tit, but today it was an unexpected guest - a woodpecker.


I put him on the table into a basket to protect him from the cat. He looked OK, except he felt woozy a bit from the stroke.


I gave him some water and spray him all over as well. He sat there for a few minutes and then, suddenly, flew away. I am so happy he's OK.
By the way, it is Dendrocopos medius, middle spotted woodpecker.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Harvesting


The tomato plants look so good this year.  They grow up like crazy, I need to tie them up every second day. Maybe it is because we have had warm and rainy days recently. I have one patch with 12 plants that are already setting the fruits. There are is another patch with 15 plants and they are all in bloom. Both of them are very healthy. I gave them each week a spray of horsetail soup. It works as a foliar fertiliser, and also strengthens the plants.


I harvested French beans 'Amethyst' yesterday. 


Pumpkin in bloom. 


The curled leaved parsley 'Lisette' may be grown outside or indoors all year round. It would be a nice addition to my herb collection.

Collecting the First Seeds


Campsis radicans, the Trumpet vine, finally splits open. Some of the last year's capsules fell down on the ground, and have collected the seeds. I don't really need it, but a friend of mine would like to try growing the Trumpet vine from seed. 



The early blooming Allium schoenoprasum, Chives, has already brought the seeds. I am planning the new herb garden and will sow it right on the site. 


Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist is not yet ripe for the picking, but I keep a close watch on it. This one has pale pink flowers instead of usual blue. It is also a good self-seeder so, I will let few capsules to spread the seeds naturally.


Levisticum officinalis, Lovage being a bold and bushy plant, sprouted the umbrella-like flower the sky high. It is over two meters high this year! The last year, the seeds I collected from this plant, travelled literally all over the world. Happy to share it.