Last week soft fruit dominated our harvests. We continued to harvest strawberries and our Glen Ample raspberries started to ripen. The raspberry canes were only planted last year and this is their first productive year. The canes are producing lots of fruit but the berries seem a bit smaller than usual.
We picked a few gooseberries as a test but I think that they need to be left a little longer to sweeten. Maybe last week's sunshine will have done the trick.
We have continued to harvest lettuce, radish and herbs although the pot of parsley planted last year has now gone over. Luckily we have some new plants waiting to replace them.We lifted the first of our autumn planted onions, a variety unimaginatively called First Early. The low temperatures seem to have suited the autumn onions which have kept on growing. The recent hot weather has finally sent them over.
Our end of week harvest included more fruit with alpine strawberries, blackcurrants and a sprinkling of Glencoe - the purple raspberry, added to the strawberries. Like the raspberries the blackcurrants are smaller than usual. Maybe the lack if rain has caused the fruit not to swell as much.
We picked more cabbage - Duncan - and calabrese - Marathon. This year, despite our best efforts slugs are a major problem in the brassica beds, devastating some plants completely.
We dug our first root of Foremost potatoes, the tops of which are now dying back