We have had more than a week of glorious Summer sunshine here in the UK, everything on the allotment has just taken off! I've been keeping my Runner Beans
nice and well watered, but this heat is making them very happy. I've also planted a few Sweet Peas
among my climbing beans this year just to encourage the pollinating insects to come over and do their job.
Chicken Balti and Chicken Bhuna
have come to stay for a while for their Summer holidays. They enjoy eating kitchen scraps, dandelion leaves and chick weed... and they convert it into eggs for the kitchen and manure for the compost heap!
Elsewhere these Hinomaki Red Gooseberries
are ripening in the bright sunshine. They should make it to a deep purple colour before too long. A really good crop of soft fruit this year, I think they all enjoyed the long, cold Winter to form their flowering and fruiting buds.
Isn't it marvellous the way that climbing beans just know what to do? Sometimes I feel that if I stay too long in one place I might get wrapped up too! These are my lovely Blauhilde climbing beans
I planted two Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
in a black plastic bin. They get lots of heat, light, warmth and feed here, they seem to be doing well.
Quite a few female flowers on all my squashes and pumpkins at the moment. The flowers all open during the hot days, and the bees seem to be pollinating everything all over the place!