|Courgette and sweetcorn bulking up.|
Nevertheless, the vegetable plots are producing. Last week the first brassicas were ready: cauliflower, calabrese and 'Hispi' cabbage were all harvested by Oxford Food Bank as part of their weekly collection. Courgettes, which had refused to grow in the cooler temperatures, finally began to bear fruit and the first french beans developed from the subtle pink flowers of 'Cobra'.
| Climbing French Bean 'Cobra'|
We have had to wait longer than expected for the potatoes to reach a worthwhile size- 'British Queen' is a second early and 'Anya' is grown as a maincrop, we get good results from harvesting it earlier and although the potatoes are smaller we can usually harvest before blight affects the plants. This year the humid conditions have caused some blight- in an attempt to save the crop we have removed all the foliage to ground level to avoid spores being washed off the foliage into the ground. So far, so good...
|'British Queen' before losing her foliage to blight.|