At the end of last week I picked a huge quantity of cooking tomatoes and I’ve been picking salad, beefsteak and small tomatoes every day. Several days lunch has been Caprese salad with good homemade focchacia and maybe a few olives.
The grafted San Marzano tomato hasn’t produced fruit quicker than the other ordinary plants so I wouldn’t worry to buy that again; but the peppers are certainly worth it as everyone told me I wouldn’t get any red or yellow peppers.
I harvested the first 2 melanzane (aubergines) and my very first ever peppers. I cooked them by simply grilling them on the barbeque along with a couple of overgrown zucchini (courettes) – they need to be a big larger to grill so at least there is something to do with the ones that seem to hide until there’s too big.
I’m picking roughly one cucumber per plant every day, there’s six plants so obviously I have too many! They aren’t as good to eat as last year’s, I seem to remember there’s something about male and female plants, but I don’t remember the details I need to look it up.
If you have any good recipes for cucumbers I would be very grateful.
I’m still picking raspberries but not at the same rate. My cultivated blackberries are beginning to fruit but only a few each day.
The garlic are now plaited together as are most of the onions; the red onions are still growing, but very slowly, they’ll be small but good for mixing with other vegetables and roasting them in a hot oven for a tasty ratatouille.
This morning (bad time, should be evening) I planted some broccoli, romanesco, more lettuces and some small beetroot plants. I have some fennel plants too which need to go in. I’ve also just planted a few more tomatoes which I’m promised will take us into October with fresh, ripe tomatoes. I’ve pinched out the tops on those that have reached the top of the canes; this usually means they have produced about 7 or 8 trusses.