The Broad Beans are doing well, and although they are beginning to set pods now, this will be my next harvest.
|Broad Bean "Top"|
For once the tips of the BB plants are not infested with blackflies (aphids), so this year I am going to try eating some of them. Discussing this with friends on Twitter, most people say they are good - particularly if briefly wilted in some butter (and garlic?). Apparently they are like over-sized peashoots.
As I half expected, the row of Broad Beans which I sowed a month after the first one has very nearly caught up. The oldest row is on the right in this photo:
The senior row is bushier, a fact which may be due to the difference in cultivars, but I suspect it has more to do with the light levels. Most of the light reaches this bed from the right-hand side.
Both rows have had plenty of flowers, and the bees have been active, so I'm hoping for good pod-set.
The Runner Beans are of course still pretty small, but they are just beginning to reach out towards their support poles:
The foliage of one of my potato plants (Belle de Fontenay) is beginning to turn yellow. This is a sign of approaching maturity, and I am expecting to be able to harvest my first spuds of the year in about 3 or 4 weeks time.
|Potato "Belle de Fontenay"|
This is the Onions bed:
No sign of bulbing-up yet, but that doesn't surprise me. I have read that until the longest day onions put their main efforts into producing green leaves, and then after that bulbs begin to swell. I hope so...
This next shot shows my carrots and parsnips. It's taken through their protective Enviromesh - which I'm not taking off just for a photo! Again, they are a long way from ready, but looking good.
My two apple trees have set fruit. The older one ("Winter Banana") doesn't have many fruits, but I think that may be the result of over-enthusiastic pruning on my behalf. I wanted to get the tree into a good shape first, and this has now been achieved. The bumper crop can come next year!
The other tree, a "Laxton's Superb", is smaller and a year younger, but is covered with little applets:
I suspect that many of the applets will be naturally shed soon in the "June Drop".
As well as the apples I have a few pears:
The amount of fruit I get from that ("Concorde") pear-tree is very small, and I keep threatening to buy another tree to partner it. Maybe this will be the year I do it.
Also on the Fruit front, my Honeyberries are ripening. Even if I were to pick all the berries at once, it would still be a "light crop", but it's interesting to have them anyway.
Last year I tasted Honeyberries for the first time, and I wasn't impressed. Maybe I picked them under-ripe (though they looked and felt ripe), but they weren't very sweet. In fact I thought they tasted almost savoury. Anyone else tried them?
The Salad department is doing well. Though my radishes haven't been as good as usual this year the Baby Leaf lettuce has been superb:
|Baby Leaf salad|
These are peas being grown for their shoots. They have been cropped once already and are now just about ready for another picking.
Well, that's my tour of the fruit and veg for you. I'll leave you with a couple of pics of some Aquilegias...