Saturday, 9 July 2016

Mediterranean Fruit Update

Our poor July weather continued on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday we had a trip to RHS Harlow Carr and as we arrived it began to drizzle and then turn into heavier rain. We contemplated looking for an indoor attraction but decided to have some lunch and reassess the situation. Fortunately for us the we had a dry afternoon to look around the gardens.  Friday was mostly dull and very breezy with a gust of 23mph the equal highest I've recorded in July in seven years.

This week saw us pick our first Mediterranean (greenhouse) fruit crop of the year which was our apricot called Flavourcot.
Harvested on 05 July2016
Harvested on 08 July2016
In all they weighed in at just over 1kg or 2.2lbs and tasted delicious so we were quite pleased with our little crop. That leaves us with one peach, Avalon Pride and two nectarines (Fantasia) left to grow on through summer in the greenhouse.
Peach - Avalon Pride
Nectarine - Fantazia
Our grapevine Himrod usually provides us with an excellent harvest towards the end of summer and early autumn. A few weeks ago Monty Don on Gardener's World was beginning the task of thinning tiny individual immature grapes from each bunch to allow the grapes room to grow. Our Himrod kindly does the thinning for us and we can allow the grapes to grow without any thinning at all.
Grape - Himrod
Our challenge now is to ensure that our peach and nectarines go on to ripen.


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