Permaculture productivity


If there isn’t another cucumber in the harvest basket then it’s not a weekday in summer.

What a crop.

You can spot the cucumbers not only climbing but draping horizontally along the raised beds.

And being scientific about this permaculture lark, I have no idea how I can prove that it is the growing medium that works here, or the ridiculous damp and mild summer.

Perfect growing conditions. Warm and sunny and then suddenly it’s a downpour and it’s grey and we all reach for our cardigans and huddle.

Do we call it Cardigan Summer?

I should of course have planted the exact same cucmbers and the star climbing beans – Barlotto Lingua di Fuoco 2 – elsewhere in the vegetable garden to compare.

But I didn’t. And right now I pick every single morning. So imagine the glut if I doubled up.

We are eating beans, I am blanching and freezing beans, and if I don’t find the clever ones lurking in the undergrowth they will be the veg I leave to dry.

These seeds definitely are keepers.

I’m giving you the link to Chiltern Seeds if you want to try and order them yourselves, or just get the information you need to make your very own Jack and the Beanstalk crop next year.

This is what they will look like if I let them ripen.

We are eating them young and green.

And the tomatoes, thank goodness, still think they are growing in a mountain mediterranean climate.

But in keeping with the tradition of glutty cucumber madness, the daily luncheon of tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella has an interloper.

Just wait for these aubergines to come into full maturity.

Then it will be serious glut adventures.

I am nothing if not utterly delighted.