Hard to believe. But yes, we are on the cusp of winter – June; the middle of the year … And if you’re like me, you’ll still be eating – and ripening – tomatoes. It’s barely believable – what happened with autumn?
On the subject of tomatoes, Saide and Julia are keen to know how the garden ones performed this year, remembering that Margot gave us an array of varieties, and that some gardeners also put them in at home. How did yours go? I reckon the Yellow Pear were very productive, but not so tasty and the San Marzano, though supposed to be a drying/preserving variety, were exceptionally good (so much so I failed to save seeds). Whippersnapper and Snow Apple also tasted pretty good to me.
Be keen to hear of your tomato tastings, even though it hasn’t been a great year for them to truly shine. But it will help guide our growing next year and work out what suits Newstead climes. I’ve also got some Newstead Tomatoes ripening in the fruit bowl for seed saving (a bit nervewracking, having to be a keeper of the seed).
So to June. For what it’s worth, the seasonal June Notes are now posted. I suspect the cold is finally coming, and along with it let’s hope for some wet, though El Nino is looking likely. Brian Keats is predicting cold and frosts for the first part of the month, and through it.
Have fun in the June garden at any rate. Still plenty to do. Don’t forget our biochar workshop with Anthony on 22nd, the Produce Exchange on the 7th and our regular gardening dates.
Maldon Neighborhood House are running a mosiac tile making workshop at their garden on Saturday 14 June – more info here: tiles.pdf. Could be a good way to identify our plots at the garden, and yours, at home.