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Late-flourishing veg

Posted: Wednesday 5 September 2012
by Pippa Greenwood

Sometimes I feel the weather is mocking me. After the worst growing season I’ve ever known, my veg crops are having a new lease of life.


Freshly harvested courgettes

Sometimes I feel the weather is mocking me. After the worst growing season I’ve ever known, my veg crops are having a new lease of life. The beans are flowering and setting pods like crazy, the courgettes are suddenly in full flower and my calabrese is producing masses of side shoots.

Normally at this time I would be preparing the soil for my overwintering veg crops. Instead, though, I’m tending this late-blooming veg – it will be nice to have unexpected gluts of courgettes and beans! I’m draping crops overnight with fleece to protect the plants from cooler night temperatures, then rushing out early in morning to unveil them again, so any pollinators can access the late flowers.

I’m arming myself with a trowel and flower pot, for collecting the slugs and snails that congregate beneath the fleece. I just scoop them into the pot and feed them to the hens! I also carry some scrunched up pieces of chicken wire, placing them beneath developing courgettes, marrows, squashes and pumpkins. This keeps them off the soggy soil, and away from marauding molluscs.

All in all, it’s been a strange year. I’m already looking forward to next year, and hoping for rather more typical growing conditions!





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Pretzel 14/09/2012 at 08:53

Thank you, I've never before heard of the tip about chicken wire under developing courgettes. Now I know what to do with all the scrunched up bits of chicken wire I "inherited" with, and keep coming across in, my new-to-me garden AND how to keep the late veg off soggy soil.