Saturday, 22 September 2012

Changing seasons

Autumn Equinox and far too soon the clocks will go forward.  A wall of cloud at the bottom of the drive this morning and if I'd got dressed and rushed off in a hurry there was probably a good cloud inversion to be seen.  Instead, a shivery trip to the greenhouse to find the lowest temperature of the year overnight.



Also to pick the first tomato of the year - first tomato at the end of September?  Riddikulus.  Actually it was three tomatoes which went in a box of salad that made up my lunch at 500m, but more of that later.







10 comments:

  1. I have had four ripe tomatoes off my outdoor plants - and I don't think that the weather will allow many more to ripen. :(

    On the plus side, I've just come across a lovely looking recipe for green tomato curry.

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    1. Morning Hazel, you'd think that the protection from your courtyard garden would have helped more, only four fruit, what a shame? I don't think I even have enough fruit set to make chutney (not that I like the stuff)

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    2. Plenty of green ones, Bilbo. The courtyard has helped I'm sure, the tomatoes are against a wall which I think must hold the heat - the temps have been down as low as 4 degrees a couple of nights last week, and they are still hanging in there. I'm not hugely keen on chutney either, that's why I was so pleased to find the curry recipe!

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  2. We've had about a punnet from 10 plants, enough for salad but usually we'd be making tom sauce and chutney from them but the plants never really took off. I think that we got a crop at all is only because I grow a lot of the little cherry toms which grow/ripen quicker.

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    1. Hi Tamsin, very good point about growing the smaller tomatoes - the ones I picked were from a cherry variety, the fruit on my larger plants is doing nothing. Something to bear in mind for the future if we're going to get more dreadful summers like this one.

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  3. I hear you on the temps. It's only 36F this morning!! Good grief. My poor tomatoes are out in the field, shivering... Way too soon for all this cold. Good thing you've got your greenhouse to protect your plants (AND good thing you've a great supply of firewood!). Brrr. What a heck of a first day of Autumn.

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    1. Dreadful season Kris, feel so sorry for farmers (and for us too when supermarket prices start to rise)

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  4. I've had a really poor crop from my greenhouse tomatoes and didn't pick any until about a week ago either!
    Had the first crop of beans last week too :-/ Rubbish year for veg!

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    1. Hi Nutty, how were your tomatoes? Afraid mine were awful ....

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