The raised vegetable beds that I wrote a post about earlier this year are beginning to look good. We have laid a membrane on the paths and laid gravel on them because they were looking a mess and weeds were growing on them. So at last it all looks properly finished off. It was probably not a good idea to choose the hottest day of the year to do the job but never mind we survived and it is looking good.
I don’t usually show photos of myself on this blog and I shouldn’t really show this one. I’m not looking my best. But perhaps you can forgive me looking a tad dishevelled, as I said, it was a very hot day, and I’m probably wearing too many clothes.
In the first bed there are courgettes growing with sweet corn and the next bed has asparagus. I am very excited about this as I have never grown asparagus before.
The small central bed has strawberries.
Some people are already eating their strawberries on blogs that I read, but these aren’t ripe yet. I’m delighted that they are such healthy looking plants though. I dug them up in the spring and they spent several weeks in a bucket waiting for their new home. They looked very sorry for themselves when they were first planted.
The broad beans are ‘Crimson flowered’. I haven’t tried these before so I am interested to see how they will taste. They are certainly pretty.
I usually grow far too many potatoes and the Pianist is very fussy about which ones he will cook. The ones that collapse in the water are rejected. He likes firm waxy ones. It is probably a good thing that I could only grow as many as would fit in the box. But all the same I have grown three different kinds. ‘Royal Kidney’, ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Lady Christl’. Today I harvested the first ones. They are ‘Lady Christl’. I hope they will meet with the chef’s approval.
In the first box on the other side there are carrots, shallots and parsnips. The parsnips had seeded themselves in the vegetable garden so I transplanted them, they are already large plants.
Next there are salads. I have grown some lettuces and we have finished a row. There are mixed leaves and rocket and mizuna as we like spicy leaves. I use the leaves of the beetroots in salads and I will harvest the beetroots when they are small.
In the centre growing up the wigwam I have runner beans and borlotti beans.
The small bed opposite the strawberries has herbs in it and next to it there is a box with french beans and mange tout.
French beans seem to be caviare to slugs and snails and I have lost quite a lot of my plants to the little beasts.
It is quite a source of satisfaction to put snail shells on top of the bamboo canes ‘pour encourager les autres‘ and also to prevent me impaling my eyeballs. These aren’t home grown snails, although the ones here ought to be that size after gorging on my produce. They came from a French supermarket along with their former occupants in a parsley and garlic sauce.
The last box has baby spinach , rainbow chard and other brassicas. We have already started eating the chard and the spinach.
The Pianist has named my alter ego, Chloris. She keeps turning up in different parts of the garden. She joined us for dinner on the terrace on Sunday, but I don’t think she’ll be invited again. The Pianist thinks she has a very disapproving look on her face. He was sure that she was counting how many glasses of wine he had. She was meant to have a smile on her face but somehow she ended up looking po-faced. I hope she will scare off the pigeons.