|First fruits from Discovery - our first apple tree|
These lovely looking apples are the very first fruits of a young tree that I planted at the very beginning of the first lockdown eighteen months ago. The variety is Discovery. Well-named as the first discovery I made it that it did not wish to be trained espalier fashion. I suspect that I was conned by the grower who must have known that the stock was intended for something more compact
|As the apples were two weeks ago (mid-August)|
Obviously, I should have picked them then
In gardening, as in life, we live and learn. So, I now know that I have a patio apple that ripens early - I'll live with that - and count my blessings whilst enjoying the fruit
Food for thought
In fact, there has been much to think about whilst gardening in the past couple of weeks. As the events have unfolded in Afghanistan my thoughts have frequently turned to prayer for the thousands of people caught up in the awful tragedy thereAs regular readers know, the Codger project raises funds for the Birmingham City Mission (see next). Quite separate from this we also support the Barnabas Fund - a Christian aid agency that has a good record of helping on the ground in Afghanistan. If you would like to know about their current emergency rescue work please click here - Codger heartily commends the international relief they provide and the explanatory video that you'll see on their page
|Tipton's hidden treasure - a reader's bijou garden that includes plants from Codger's Nursery|
A timely Thank You!
This is a convenient point to thank everyone who has continued to encourage what we have been doing locally in support of BCM. Every single penny we raise is directed to BCM which continues its excellent work in the City
|A reader's query:|
did you really supply me with a courgette plant?
|You can read more about the growing method|
in two June blogs - 19th and 25th
I am particularly pleased with Golden Sunrise - a medium-sized yellow tomato that I've got growing against an outside wall in a framed growbag (see blogs for 19th and 25th June). They get sun (when it decides to appear!) for only half the day so I have cut back the leaves to encourage ripening. A number of readers have been in touch about tis point. There seems to be a lot of green growth this year so I recommend taking this step
|Our border with the current second flush of roses|
Well, we are almost done for today. It has been good to hear from readers in the last week or so - quite a few queries about tomatoes. Just to reiterate and elaborate some advice:
- Pick the fruit as they near ripening and finish off in the dish. This will bring on the others
- Cut away leaves to reveal the fruit - they need sunlight to ripen
- Reduce growth overall so you concentrate the plant on ripening. This includes topping the plant and removing trusses that don't stand a chance of ripening this season
- Keep an eye open for blight and exercise plant hygiene
|Finally, the imposter - found growing among tomato seedlings|
Codger's best guess is Red Veined Sorrel
But it loves the stream - not what the books say!