Friday 23 March 2018

GIY diary - week 60

Growth in courgette, squash and pumpkin plants has been tortuously slow since I planted them out a few weeks back.

I've spoken to fellow GIYers about this and many are reporting the same.

It could be the relatively cold night-time temperatures that we're experiencing so far this summer.

Though I feel slightly better that others are in the same boat, it doesn't get me any closer to the first courgette of the year.

Interestingly, I found some class of rogue plant growing among the tomato plants in the polytunnel the other day.

I am pretty sure it's a cucumber plant, but I wouldn't bet the house on that.

I assume it has self-seeded from last year's plant which is interesting.

It's clearly in the wrong place and will cause problems later (right beside a tom plant), so I should really remove it – but it looks more advanced than the cucumber plants I have grown myself this year, so I might just leave it.

This week I harvested the first of my garlic, to try and gauge what the crop will be like this year.

Average is the answer.

The elephant garlic on the other hand is an altogether more satisfying affair – enormous bulbs of garlic the size of a large orange.

Hurrah for that.

If that seems intimidating, remember that elephant garlic is more closely related to the leek than to regular garlic, and is far milder in taste.

Try roasting them whole – they are delicious.

Irish Independent

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