Look, it’s not often that veg growers get to be please about anything ok; so I’m going to throw caution to the wind, tempt fate, and be smug about how well the leeks & pumpkins have done so far. In fact, the leeks have done really, really well in the new field – pulling them out of the ground is proving rather difficult for these big bag boys, since the root systems are so robust. Still, nothing a good forking doesn’t sort out.
I’m also halfway through picking and storing the pumpkins in the Little Polytunnel, to help them finish ripening & protect against any frosts – I won’t even start on the squash until next week at the earliest, partly because their foliage is still green (the pumpkins have pretty much died back now), and partly because I have no room until some of the pumpkins have been shifted, and/or more tunnel veg is finished and space becomes available. The pumpkins have done so well again this year, hurrah for the weather (and slight smugness about getting the timing right for a change); a mixture of Baby Bear for the small pumpkins to bake whole, and Jack O’ Lantern for the bigger carving pumpkins – on sale now in the farm shop! It’s dead exciting though looking at all the Crown Prince, Uchiki Kuri, butternuts and few randow squashes peeking out from under the leaves. Happy harvesting!