What we’re growing in our small, city garden: August 2017
It’s been a couple of months since I updated the blog about my garden and what a change since May. We are now fully into the summer harvest, with some of our fruit and veg already over for the year. Lots more to come, though, so thought I’d share how everything has done…
Strawberries – still my favourite. It felt like they were super early this year. We had LOADS of strawberries for about two weeks and then they’ve ended. But they’re sending out shoots left right and centre, and I’m trying to train them to grow along the edges of our garden path, so next year we should have even more, all being well.
Raspberries – this is the third year for our raspberry cane and it was make or break for it. It hasn’t yielded much in the past and it takes up a fair bit of space when it gets to this time of year. The good news it, it’s done WAY better than in the past. We actually had a handful of berries every week, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it feels as though it’s earned its place in the garden. The variety we have are these black ones, and they are incredible – they really do taste like haribo! Sadly, Theo loves them, so I haven’t had very many!
Tomatoes – I thought we had bought gardeners’ delight, but turns out we’ve got some yellow tomatoes. They are delicious and our tomato plants seem to have formed a jungle at the bottom of the garden. I expect we’ll be eating fresh tomatoes every day for weeks to come, and will still have loads of green ones once the plants die down. Really successful year for us. Planting them in a bed, rather that in a pot, seems to have made them go a bit crazy, but in a good way.
Dill – How pretty are dill flowers? I had no idea. We grew these from seed and they’ve taken off really well. I’m interested to see if they survive winter or whether we need to replant them next year, but very handy to have it in the garden.
Lettuce – Nope. We had one successful lettuce and then some bastard animal came and pulled it out. My grandmother-in-law suggested planting some now in the empty potato beds, so I’ve tried again. Fingers crossed.
Potatoes – Two plants left to dig up (out of four that we planted). Digging out potatoes has got to go on my list of the World’s Most Satisfying Ways to Get One’s Hands Dirty. The variety we have this year isn’t as good as the ones we got last year, in terms of flavour, but still buttery and delicious when eaten the same day they’re pulled out of the ground.
Squash & pumpkin – Sadly I accidentally pulled the squash plant up early when I got a bit carried away pulling one of the potato plants out. So we ate those when they were small. They were still really tasty though. This is the variety we planted. We also planted some pumpkins, which are ready and waiting in the garden, but I haven’t decided what I want to do with them yet. Any recipe suggestions?
Broad beans – We grew broad beans as a little science experiment so Theo could see the roots emerging and plant coming out. I didn’t fully expect to actually plant it out, so was pleased that it delivered a few delicious beans, even if it was only a handful.
Garlic – This took me by surprise, as I hadn’t planted any. I saw the shoots growing, and assumed they were shallots that hadn’t worked out very well last year. I left them, as oniony things are meant to be good companion plants with tomatoes. Turns out, it was garlic! Now I’ve got a bunch hanging in the shed, and we’re good for garlic for the rest of the year.
And that’s it for this year! Things we have all year round, like mint and thyme and sage seem to be doing well (too well, when it comes to the sage – I actually want to pull the plant up, but can’t get it out as the roots have gone in too deep!). The weather has been really good to us in London this year, with lots of sun, but a fair bit of rain, too.
Now thoughts are already turning to autumn and winter. I don’t want the beds to go empty over winter, which I did last year. Any suggestions of easy things I can plant that will tide us over until spring?