I collected Aoife from school and we went to the allotment, while Aoife did her homework in the tea room I did some quiet digging as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We are having a lovely Autumn at least but it gets chilly about 4.30 pm. I had turned over the ground here last week intending to cover it with weed suppressant and move the rooted Globe artichokes over here.Now I am thinking I may turn it into a type of herbaceous bed with the G.A and lots of flowers for colour. This bed runs along the pathway between our plot and Angela & Peter's. We don't need a fence between us but a nice useful flower bed would be good.
Some flowers still blooming on the allotment.These are Dianthus ( Sweet Williams) they are tiny but I don't remember any label on them saying miniature?!They have flowered all summer and continue to brighten the bed.
The grafted midi cucumbers are the star of the show as they continue to produce fruit.These are clustered at the very top of a plant, we had 3 in total.They are a nice firm cucumber with a mild taste.
Our 3 pepper plants did not do so well, there was 1 pepper on each of 2 plants the 3rd one did nothing.This looks lovely but on closer inspection on the other side is a hole where it looks as if something bored into it.The pepper on the other plant had a similar fate, so no home grown peppers for us.
.The tomatoes were a mixed bag but as I have said before it was not a good year to trial tomatoes in Ireland especially in a cold greenhouse. They did produce quite a lot of fruit but were late which is probably why we have such a lot of green tomatoes at this time of year. The Elegance produced evenly sized fruit to a good size and we have had quite a lot of them.They did not all ripen together which is probably a good thing!The vines will have to be cleared soon as frost is very likely with our sunny days and cold nights.