Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Taste of Things to Come

Look! my first Great Wall of China tomato!
A beautiful truss of Sungold tomatoes.

A Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia just poking out of the fading flower petals.
Little crab apples start to form just as the beautiful flowers fade.
Gooseberry Invicta just getting bigger and sweeter each day.
Victoria plums just bending the branches, these will definitely have to be thinned out!
Last and not least the strawberries. Now all I need now is rain, and lots of it please!


At 7:26 PM, Blogger Living Dead Girl said...

Wow, I'm jealous of how healthy your strawberries look... Especially when comparing to mine!

I love reading your blog.
Keep up the good work!

At 7:58 PM, Blogger EB said...

This reminds me what it's all for - well, the veg part of it at least. Some times it seems a long way off. But we had our first salad a few days ago - rocket, and it was wonderful.

At 8:28 PM, Blogger allot of veg said...

It's forecast!

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Tim said...

We've got a v-plum on our allotment too, it's very looking good this year... maybe a bit behind yours but lots and lots of little fruits.

What do you reckon is a good thinning plan? I think something needs to be done or a few branches could snap!

At 5:31 AM, Anonymous Naturalnightdew said...

Wow, it is all so green and healty. It is a feast for the eyes and eventually for the stomach :-)

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Soilman said...

Think you got your wish last night, Matron! And more to come today, I hear. Thank goodness: It was getting very dry indeed hereabouts.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Looking good! Latest update from my mom on the Great Wall - just didn't happen. One little seedling popped up, stayed for a while, then drooped. Maybe one too many ocean crossings? My mom's pretty handy with tomatoes, so I don't think it's her - all her others came up. Bummer! But such a lovely idea. Can't wait to see what yours look like when they're ripe!

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Nutty Gnome said...

You can have some of my rain - it's been chucking it down 'oop north' for 3 days now!
Your plants are looking good - and a bit further on than mine too - those that haven't drowned that is!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Kath said...

May is a wonderful month in the garden. Such promise!

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Everything looks super duper! We've had so much rain things are a little behind, you can have all our poor weather forecast for the next week, no really, take it I don't mind! Swap with me PLEASE we need some sunshine!!!

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Greenmantle said...

Victoria plums are supposed to be a heavy cropper commercially. I've picked them for summer work when I as a lad, and the branches sometimes snap under the weight of fruit. No one ever thins them out in an orchard.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Greenmantle - that is valuable information thank you. I remember as a child our Victoria plum tree did just that, a branch broke off because there were so many plums. Perhaps I will leave them all on now!

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Libby said...

Oh my goodness I am sooooo behind! I was unable to plant anything early as I spent most of Feb looking after my very poorly mum!!
I shall watch the climbing courgettes with interest as I only have a very small plot and I like to go upwards alot!!

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Great pictorial update on the fruits of your labors! Looking wonderful and as always - inspiring.

At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Red Icculus said...

Your gooseberries have dwarfed anything native to this region. They look great!


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