There is a sentence in my favourite Polytunnel book that says something along the lines of "Anyone can have a polytunnel full of tomatoes etc in the summer but a good polytunnel will provide fruit and vegetables all year round."
|I have tomatoes!|
For the first couple of years of owning a polytunnel I was definitely a "grow tomatoes all summer and then have nothing all winter" type pf a gardener ... however gradually I have been growing more such that for the last couple of years I have rarely had a bare piece of ground in the polytunnel at any time. This does however take a bit of forward planning and so this week I have been or will soon be planting all of the following to give us fresh veg from the Autumn, through Winter and into next Spring.
Now sowing at Eco-Gites of Lenault:
- Cavolo Nero
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Spring cabbage
- French beans
- Pak Choi
- And a selection of Oriental Greens including Mizuna, Mibuna and Komatsuma.
That should stop us starving but I have to say that seed sowing is not at all photogenic (in other words I forgot my camera!). So I have just been out with my camera and snapped a few pictures from our garden.
The Passion Flower Simon planted 2 years ago looked dead in Spring but it has defied the Grim Reaper and is now flowering beautifully:
|A passion flower|
Our patio pot plants are looking good .. and yes that is 2 (non active) mortar bombs to the right of the curry plant! We found them here whilst clearing an area that is now our parking area for the 4x4. I will be blogging more about these later.
And this is our vine - also planted a couple of years ago. It's doing pretty well with plenty of young grapes although I do feel Château Le Lenault may be a few years before it gets into full production!
Oh and of course there was last Thursday's mystery plant ... one friend on Twitter did correctly identify it as did "Mrs Stripper" (with a slight miss-spelling). It is a Jostaberry which is a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry. It bears large blackcurrant like fruit on thorn-less stems that can grow up to 2m tall. It is not massively productive but the fruits are easy to harvest and really tasty.
For more gardening inspiration why not head over to the How Does Your Garden Grow linky run by the lovely Annie who used to be known as Mammasaurus and now goes by the Icelandic name of Manneskjur.