slow growing, but getting there!

4 Jul

The long dry spell in April may seem a long way away now, but it seems to have taken its toll on the allotment, at least that’s my excuse! Things are slowly getting going. The courgettes had been dawdling, after a really good start with the bottle cloches, but  are finally catching up.

This one has a way to go before it’s worth eating but I’m relieved they are getting a move on, in previous years we have been eating courgettes for a while, and are probably a bit fed up of them (so perhaps it’s a bit of a saving grace).

The broad beans on the other hand are doing very well for once and there is the real possibility we will be able to have them with more than one meal this year, a break through!

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4 Responses to “slow growing, but getting there!”

  1. Rich Samuels July 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I’ve been caring for Mother’s allotment whilst she’s away. Her courgettes have yet to produce any decent fruit but there are some which appear to be growing rapidly now. They were the size of my thumb Sunday morning and had doubled by this evening. I suspect with the imminent rain they’ll be marrows by the weekend. My own courgette plant has yet to produce any female flowers and its not looking very healthy at the moment 😦

    • thehungrysparrow July 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      I think ours are lulling us into a false sense of security, we’ve planted far too many yet again so will probably be drowning in them in a couple of weeks. Is the sickly one not growing or are the leaves discoloured?

      • Rich Samuels July 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

        It has some leaves and did have some male flowers appear. No sign of female flowers or additional foliage growth. It just looks a bit sad and I guess the leaves are a little discoloured compared to the pumpkin next to it.

  2. thehungrysparrow July 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I won’t pretend to have a sloution really but have you given them any plant food? Could also try nettle tea http://www.frenchgardening.com/tech.html?pid=309088884143 Takes a while to make, but free!

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