Now, I do like growing courgettes but normally the plants are struggling a bit, the first lot of fruit go mouldy before properly developed.
But not this year.
Just seven plants in total and although they got off to shaky start with an early frost they have gone from strength to strength.
It’s getting a bit tricky to move in between the plants to check on what’s ready to pick.
I’m not sure we’ve really done anything different this year except allowed a bit more space between each plant but they look like they’ll be delivering the goods for a while to come.
While weeding the flower bed a couple of months ago my wife spotted some cabbage-like plants that we assumed had self-seeded following our rather poor efforts at growing green veg last year.
We quickly transferred them to pots and kept them under cover away from the cabbage whites and other bugs.
They survived. And after getting some decent netting – as much for keeping randy pigeons away from the onions – they went into the soil while we waited and hoped for what would undoubtedly be our best bit of veg growing to fully develop.
The plants continue to grow but after a closer look during today’s weeding session we have to declare that we have actually got broccoli and kale.
Although we have tried growing both of these in the past, it hasn’t been for a few years now and we had pretty much given up on the idea; we’re just not good enough at gardening to pull this off.
And even though I had said I wasn’t going to work on the garden this year, we have actually ended up putting in more effort than usual, but more targeted at keeping control of the weeds and it certainly seems to be paying dividends: the courgettes and potatoes are just about ready to start picking.
I just hope we can keep it all going for a vote more months.