Here are some starting to fatten and ripen. So pretty to watch. I just hope the birds are not watching them too closely either.
Unfortunately, the garlic I was growing in long containers for the first time have been unsuccessful. I pulled them all out yesterday as the stems had collapsed. On each plant, there is two, maybe three cloves. I'll dry them and use them, but I definitely will not be growing them this way again. Some plants just want to be in the ground and want space to stretch. I'd be interested to know if any of you have, or know of anyone who has successfully grown garlic bulbs in containers or pots?
The chioggia beetroot under the pea canes appear to be doing well, or so it appears from the red stem leaves, which I am tempted to snip and have in a salad.
I have four fennel plants growing. This is the only one growing in the salad (3 foot by 3 foot) bed, the others are not that far behind.
I am ever so delighted with my kohlrabi. I have three all growing underneath the climbing bean poles. Last year at the allotment plot, the slugs got them all, here with the plot being tiny, I am able to control the slugs, the birds and even the cabbage white butterfly.
On a final note, I picked up these handmade Traicraft terracotta flying pig cane toppers at Oxfam at the weekend.
I wasn't going to bother and could have done with up-turned recycled bottles, but this is my back garden I am talking about, not the allotment plot, where things can look a little higgledy piggledy. Even though I have fruit, veg and herbs growing here and crammed into my little space, I still want this place to look kind of orderly and like a garden. So that was one of my reasoning for getting these terracotta pigs, as well as the fact that some of the cane sticks are a hazard and could cause damage to ones eye, if the person was not concentrating on what they were doing. Also they were just so adorable and a reasonably priced alternative to others I had seen recently seen. One other thing, my husband thinks I've got an aversion to little piggies and I wanted to prove him wrong, by giving not one but six little piggies a home in my tiny garden. I think they will be happy here.