The Greenhouse review – mid August 2015

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I’m joining Julie from Peonies and Posies, both of us after a month’s absence, to update on my greenhouse.

Although I planted my seeds in a timely fashion, I was definitely late getting all of the tender plants out of the greenhouse, and as a result my tomatoes went in late and are rather behind.  I have six varieties this year – Black Cherry, Country Taste, Ferline, Gardener’s Delight, Green Zebra and Sungold.  Of these I’ve only grown Sungold before, and I have long since forgotten why I chose the others.  I bought them all (apart from Green Zebra, which came from Sarah Raven) from Chiltern Seeds, so their descriptions must have won me over.

The one above is Ferline, which is a rather attractive heart shape, but I’ve only cropped one and it wasn’t particularly exciting.

The one below is Sungold, still my favourite, reaching for stars.IMG_8192

This one’s Black Cherry, but some are actually quite big, and generally bigger than both Sungold and Gardeners Delight, but they’re pretty tasty and a bit different.IMG_8193

And here’s Green Zebra, again a bit different, but I’m already finding it frustrating that I don’t know when they’re ripe as they never turn red.  I picked a couple which were quite soft (the way I thought you were supposed to tell) and tried one, but it really wasn’t very nice, so I binned the first one and put the second in the with the bananas for a second chance!IMG_8194

At the far end of the bed are two Cucumber La Diva plants, which are already taking up far more than their fair share of space.  These are short ‘baby’ cucumbers which I’ve had a lot of success with in the past.  I didn’t grow them last year, instead growing the grape sized Cucamelons, which was a definite mistake!

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At the very end are two plants of Melon ‘Sweetheart’.  As I mentioned last month I’ve never had any success with melons, but thought I’d give it another go.  And once more, I’m not very hopeful – not least because they’re being smothered by the cucumbers….

In the terracotta pots I have Pepper Marconi Rosso, these Padron Peppers (lovely fried in olive oil with sea salt)

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but also, most excitingly, aubergines!  These ones are Kaberi, which I’m growing for the first time.

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And there’s more!

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Does anyone know whether you’re supposed to thin them out, or will they all mature, even if there are two or three close together?  Definitely not a problem I’ve encountered before!

On the flower front, the little table is bedecked with blooms, and sits in front of a support with sweet peas growing up it.

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I think they’re ‘Jilly’ and they have a stunning scent which fills the area around the table.IMG_8199

The other lovely flowers are the ones on my Plumbago plants, such a pretty, soft blue.

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And then thinking ahead, on the other side of the door from the terracotta pots, are various biennials, mostly wallflowers, sown back in June which really need planting outside.IMG_8198

Who knows, in a month’s time I may be overrun with tomatoes, and have eaten my first ever home grown aubergine.  See you then!

3 thoughts on “The Greenhouse review – mid August 2015

  1. Cathy

    Thanks for sharing your greenhouse contents, Jen – hope your tomatoes catch up. At least you have the excuse of going to work for not doing things in ‘timely fashion’ – my tomatoes were all dealt with in a timely way but may Diva never got planted on and shriveled in their pots 😦 …and I don’t want to think about planting out wallflowers and stocks as I haven’t anywhere to put them! Do your GD tomatoes look pukka? Mine are about twice as big as they should be – and stripy, so definitely not GD!! ps well done for your aubergines!

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  2. Julie

    Your greenhouse is certainly dripping with produce Jen! I am sorry it has taken so long for me to reply – I am so behind with everything after all our holidays. I am growing aubergines for the first time too so cannot give any advice – yours are certainly ahead of mine. Good luck with all that planting out – I need to tackle mine next week.

    I am looking forward to seeing how everything is ripening up next month! Thank you for joining in – your greenhouse is looking amazing!

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