Tuesday, 26 August 2008
as if by magic
My squash plants are producing babies at last! What a surprise I got when I saw these.
These are the female parts, so now they need fertilising by the male flower, which you can do by hand when the female flower opens. I learnt a lot about growing your own, from a great allotment site.
However my Dad always had a great vegetable patch (and still does), so I guess its in the blood. As I'm going back to my roots I should mention my Mum is a dressmaker, (its in the family) so I couldn't escape the urge to sew and hoard fabric could I.
We ate our first sweetcorn last night, actually we shared it as the crop has been so poor this year, I think we will be lucky to get 4 or 5 more. Last year I grew sweetcorn for the first time and we had a bumper crop, even had to throw some on the compost! Anyway it tasted lovely, I picked this cob and cooked it straight away, otherwise the sugars quickly turn to starch.
An update on tomato watch. I have a red tomato!! Actually tomato watch has turned into blight watch, a few of the leaves have had brown patches, so I have my eye on the foliage now not the tomatoes as its the first sign of blight. At least I'll have one tomato for lunch today!