Life on The Weald (and still "shielding") - August 2020
|Early August, the allotment pond|
At the beginning of August the water lilies began to flower and the black grapes were beginning to ripen
|3 August - container grown grapes|
There were few apples this year but an abundance of plums and soft fruit so we decided to combine them to make some mixed fruit jam.
|mixed fruit jam in the making|
We had been picking courgettes throughout July and they were still cropping well. We also had signs of several Butternut squashes and whilst not as large as I had hoped, a couple of Crown Prince squashes. The Patty pan squashes were very prolific, just one plant but successive pickings.
|Patty pan squashes - 3 August|
|Butternut squash and courgette - 3 August|
|Crown Prince Squash - 3 August|
|Patty pan squashes and courgettes - 5 August|
At home we had daily pickings of tomatoes, mostly cherry varieties, from plants grown in containers - and thankfully no sign of any disease.
|Early pickings of cherry tomatoes - 5 August|
On the allotment we began to lift the second early Nicola potatoes and these also proved to be disease free and also untroubled by slugs.
|Nicola 2nd early potatoes - 3 August|
|Climbing French beans - 6 August|
|Borlotto beans - 7 August|
|Beefsteak tomato - 9 August|
But such a shock when I picked it as it collapsed. The whole of the underside had been eaten by slugs and the inside was now hollowed out and inhabited by woodlice! Time to get the beer trap working.
|Sunset at The Weald|
In mid-August we were picking courgettes daily and finding interesting ways to use them. One of our successes was to grate them and make a courgette and lemon drizzle cake.
|grated courgette - 10 August|
|Courgette lemon drizzle cake - 10 August|
At home we had a plentiful supply of yellow wax Hungarian peppers. They are a mild variety and can be eaten as they are or left to turn orange or red.
|Hungarian yellow wax peppers - 11 August|
The hotter, purple cayenne peppers were also doing well, both at home and on the plot.
|Purple cayenne at the Weald - 12 August|
The runner beans on our wigwam were in full flower. I had bought these as 12 plugs of three French runner cross varieties: Moonlight , Firestorm, a red flowered variety and Tenderstar, They produced much better than my home sown runner beans which were less prolific and tended to be stringy.
|19 August - plums |
And what a joy! At home, a summer flowering bulb had opened to herald my birthday.
|Purple cayenne - 23 August|
I decided it was time to see how the Charlotte potatoes were doing which I had planted in the garden where I had removed the lawn. Initially the news was good and they looked more than ready for lifting.
|Kale 24 August|
|Plums - 23 August|
|Plums - windfall 26 August|
|Plums - windfall 26 August|
A few remained on the tree and we did manage to harvest them.
|Charlotte potatoes - 29 August|
About one third of the crop was affected, the good potatoes were excellent and we were even able to salvage some potato from the infested ones.
Hopefully the pumpkins and squashes will be ready to harvest and store next month.
|Plums 30 August|
|simple baked plum tart - 30 August|
On the last day of August, we gathered more patty pan squashes
|Patty pan - 30 August|
I decided to clear some of the raised beds which had now finished cropping. There was one where I had sown beetroots and parsnips. There had been a poor crop of beetroot and I put that down to the bed being invaded with suckers from the nearby raspberries. I had given up on the parsnips as I thought they had all failed to germinate. The bed was now overgrown with annual weeds.