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August 31, 2009

Keep smiling

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 10:26 pm
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Happy Toms

Despite the washout summer Leafyleith has been quite productive this month. I think it has rained almost every day for July and August – so much for the warm, hot summer the forecasters promised.

As you can see, the tomatoes have been quite fruitful.  But I did have a bit of a disaster earlier in the month. I went off for a holiday and didn’t bother getting anyone to water the plants. I don’t know why I believed it, but the forecast said it was going to rain all week, so on return everything was rather withered and one of the tomato plants had completely collapsed.

Anyway, I made some Green Tomato Chutney which was quite tasty for a first attempt and some Italian Courgette Soup with the courgette glut – delicious.

Other highlights this month have been the flowers.

Dead chuffed with my sunflowers, which made a rapid transformation in about 3 weeks. From this:


To this:


I’m definitely going to do them again next year. Along with sweetpeas and marigolds.

Looking back at these photos, it’s hard to believe that that was just a couple of weeks ago. It’s now getting colder and darker earlier at night which is a bit of a bummer. I fear that’s it for this year. Fingers crossed for a crisp, sunny autumn.


  1. OOoh, loving the tomatoes Gillian – fantastic! And sounds like the courgettes were a success despite their cramped accommodation! so how chuffed are you with your first year’s patch then? I am just off to buy some spinach seeds, they tell me if I plant them now we should have spinach all winter….

    Comment by irene — September 5, 2009 @ 1:00 pm |Reply

    • Yep, am planning to get some spinach in too. I presume I’ll need a cloche here since it’s rather chilly.

      I put rocket and radishes in at the start of august but they are so slow.

      I’m sure you could get away with pak choi going in now since your temperature is so tropical. I loved the pak choi it was a huge success and took hardly any time to grow when we had a bit of sun. Those were the days…

      Comment by leafyleith — September 7, 2009 @ 6:52 pm |Reply

  2. I’d love to try pak choi but I can’t find any seeds in the shops here – it is probably too “exotic” and un-french…do you fancy doing a seed exchange this year? I have boxes of flower and veg seeds and there are always too many for me in a packet so I thought of writing up a list of everything I have and then sending it around two or three gardening pals and we could all do the same and send each other what we want? Up for that? And write some more on leafyleith!

    Comment by irene — September 19, 2009 @ 5:00 pm |Reply

    • A seed swap sounds like a great idea (if I had some seeds to swap). I think I’ve only got sugar snap peas and mangetout left over. I went a bit mental and crammed everything in. Will investigate and get back to you.

      Comment by leafyleith — September 21, 2009 @ 5:20 pm |Reply

  3. I have planted brussels sprouts, six cabbages and six brocolli. If the slugs don’t get them I will be amazed…

    Comment by irene — September 19, 2009 @ 5:01 pm |Reply

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