Harvest time is in full swing 🙂
This is the fourth update in my photographic diary series. For the whole growing season this year I’m keeping a grow-your-own photographic diary of my allotment. It’s a way of following my plants’ progress, and creating a reference for when I’m planning next year’s crops.
To help my plants thrive and produce bigger crops, I’m using Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables.
Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables is tailored to the needs of fruit and vegetable plants, giving you up to 35% more produce compared to using a standard fertiliser. It aims to support healthy, balanced growth, resulting in bigger crops. You can use it on all fruit, vegetables and herbs, so it’s great if you’re not quite sure which feed to use for which plant.
I started feeding my grow-your-own crops with Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables back in May, and have been using it regularly since then. It’s quick and easy to use; simply use the measuring cup lid to add 10ml per litre of water to your watering can, then water as normal. I’ve been feeding my plants every two weeks, watering as needed in-between.
Since my last update we’ve been away on holiday for two weeks, and while the plants are still thriving, so are the weeds. The kids have helped out with a couple of weeding sessions this week, so it’s not just weeds in the latest photographs! Let’s take a look at how everything is getting on after 12 weeks of feeding.
I always grow dwarf french beans as they’re one of our favourite veg, and this week we’ve been enjoying the first harvests. The tiny plants are deceptively productive, and if we pick them regularly the beans just keep coming.
Usually by this stage of summer the courgette crop has pretty much finished, but this year they’re still going strong. Feeding with Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables has obviously made all the difference – and look how beautiful the flowers are.
We’re still eagerly waiting for the pointed peppers to ripen and turn red, but there are so many fruits on each plant. Not long now!
This year I’m growing a variety of chilli called ‘Cheyene’ which I haven’t grown before; judging by the amount of fruit there may be chilli jam on the horizon…
We’ve already harvested lots of runner beans, but the plants are still producing plenty more and the freezer is filling up too.
I think if I had to name one plant that benefits most from being homegrown, it would be tomatoes. They just taste so much better than shop bought, and we’re in the midst of a serious glut this year. Such a joy to pop into the greenhouse and find all these bright red fruit ripe for picking.
The cucumber plant just keeps on going. I’m having to cut it back regularly to stop it taking over the greenhouse, and we harvest a cucumber like this every few days. Incredible.
Elsewhere on my plot, the butternut squash plants are just starting to flower. They look like they’re lagging behind compared to everything else right now, but they’re an autumn crop so there’s plenty of time yet. I’ve given them much more space to scramble around this year, as last year we were hunting for squash amongst all the other plants.
The sweetcorn tassels have turned brown, which means we can harvest them from now on. Each plant has 2 or 3 cobs which is a really good result. Can you spot the huge spider hiding in the leaves?
Charting the progress of my plants on a monthly basis is just brilliant; it’s so great to see a big difference in growth and to watch the crops forming. It has also really encouraged me to make time for my allotment, and be proud of what I’ve managed to grow successfully this year – even if some of that is weeds!
Next month will be the final update on my grow-your-own photographic diary, and we’ll be able to see the whole growing season from start to finish. You can see the first three instalments of my photographic diary here, here and here.
Have you been using Baby Bio® Outdoor on your grow-your-own crops this Summer? If not, maybe you’ll give it a try now you’ve seen my lovely harvest!