As part of my Morning Routine I take a tour around the garden while the cat goes for a walk-around. All is growing well and we will soon be eating the potatoes as these flowers have been on for a while. The Mange Tout are waving about in the background. Hi there. They have featured in our meals for the last week plus have been given away to friends as there are so many of them. Over to the left are broad beans and in the middle are sweetcorn which are just getting going.
The dingily dangly mange tout grow from a flower in about a day! I don't need to string them and they take very little cooking - just steamed, stir fried, boiled for a while or eaten raw.
A mountain of strawberries await us.
The chive flowers make a wonderful show with the foxgloves opposite them.
A very important part of my Morning Routine is picking off the side shoots of the tomato plants. In the past I have been very lax and they have grown all over the place in the greenhouse. No more - it's in the routine and off they come. I thought every other day would do for an inspection but no, daily vigilance is required to eliminate these little blighters.
I thought I was doing well until I spotted this one sprouting from the base of the plant.
Oh no! And this one is nearly another large plant.
Most of the other plants are growing straight upwards, if a little wonky!
Now they are receiving maximum light from the side windows. (The grape vine shades the roof windows.)
Here's my creative piece on the plot. It's a shame to pick the lettuce as it spoils the symmetry.
PS Not many people have commented on yesterday's post but I'll not send the parcel anywhere until next week, so if you would like to join in the blog giveaway game there will still be time. Sorry I can't mail to the rest of the world but postage would be too expensive.