Tiddly tiny aubergines have been harvested. As the nights draw in and there is a distinct chill; the plants might hari kiri themselves at some point.
This is by far the most number of aubergines I have ever harvested. Ma assures me that these will form a curry of some description. They are small and some have been gnawed upon. Just don’t make me eat them.
Was doing a bit of clearing today, though the aim had been to plant Cabbages and other brassicas. The Cinderella pumpkin vine has been felled as the fruit are now off. So having harvested a few more green tomatoes, a couple of plants have to make way for the cabbage cage; I popped into the poly.
It has been very quiet in the poly, I can’t say it’s gone particularly to plan in there. There is lots of foliage, with flowers coming from time to time. There has however, been a flurry of purple flowers. These are on the diamond, dancer and black prince aubergines. So these have been tickled and carefully observed. In rummaging today, I have found a few of what look like baby aubergines nubs. It’s quite hard to spot them in all that foliage. Will keep an eye on them to see if we get anywhere.
The jokes are all over. We have two aubergines. They are little and large, streaky down the sides but shiny in places. But they now be in mama’s kitchen. They were sapping their respective plants and flowers were dropping off.
Mama h has decreed that they will meet their fate in being dad’s dinner with home made spuds.
There is a current fashion for folks to compare their produce with some coinage. Well, I have succumbed and to set the context we have the burgeoning aubergine with one coin of Her Majesty’s pound sterling.
It is getting there. Ma hopes to make something Indian out of it in approximately one weeks time.
Went down to the plot to pull up weeds. This tends to be easier when we have had a deluge. And we have had a huge deluge over night; complete with thunder and lightening. Only ma and I got caught in another down poor and had to hide in the poly tunnel.
In doing so, we spotted a few more lilac flowers.
The purple stemmed one is the shop bought Black Prince, an F1 hybrid that is popping out purple floo’ers all over the shop. The pale green stemmed one is either the dancer or diamond, and these we have grown from seed. This one has only just set that one flower.
All have been tickled, just in case! I have stopped counting purple flowers. Do hope ma likes aubergines.
The aubergine continues to grow. This is the first one, there is another fruit in a second plant. With further lilac flowers opening across the three black prince plants. Quite rapid growth across the assorted plants as the weather warms up.
The warm spell has somewhat spurred on the contents of the poly tunnel. With the one vent open, and a tray of water in the middle to help maintain the temperature; there are lots of little flower buds dotted around. A welcome sight, since many of the plants have suffered episodes of sun scorch. The poly tunnel gets extremely hot! The highest I have observed is 40 odd degrees when we have had very warm spells.
The Dorset nagas are the competition plants; the plants that we are willing on daily. The plants are still quite small, and I am wondering how to get some height onto them. They are sitting on clay soil, that may well be part of the problem. But they have heat, light, and regular feeding. It is a long way to October, granted, but these really need some. There is marked difference between the orange and chocolate habaneros. The orange habs, there are three of them, I think, there is luscious green foliage. The plants stand quite proudly, and for the moment, are flourishing. Stark contrast, to the waxy, bright green foliage of the chocolate habanero.
A vista of the polytunnel as a whole. There are sweet potatoes there and out of shot, there are some newly transplanted sweet peppers. These are two bell peppers, and a cone shaped one. The california wonder pepper has sadly died a death.
A quick wander around the poly tunnel. My apologies for the weeds. We have the newly adopted black prince aubergines, settling in and flowering. At the back the happy for now habaneros are sat along the nagas. The dorset and bengle nagas are somewhat developmentally delayed having experienced some sun scorch and loosing their rather lush leaves. Nigel and the pretty purple are no more! I think the sweet pepper california wonder is going the same way. The crimson sweet watermelon is so far so good. I have attached to a cane, so that it can grow up, rather than out.