Growing stronger everyday.

peas in a bowl

Colours growing stronger every day.

As mid-summer approaches plants are beginning to throb with energy as they fill out and up.  Pumpkins heading off on their path towards Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls.  Peas popping up all over the place providing green pearls of goodness for salads, stir fries, roasts and risottos.  I can’t mention Peas without a nod to Mint.  Snip, tear or chop over peas, potatoes and salad.  If you don’t want to wait for dinner to enjoy the fresh taste and smell of Mint pick some sprigs and add them to a long cool drink.  With so many varieties of Mint available you can tweak flavours as you choose.

This is my first year picking Asparagus and the wait has been worth it.  My only complaint is that I had never previously tasted Asparagus in its full glory, i.e. when it is cut and eaten the same day or hour, preferably.  Asparagus has a six week picking window that is just coming to an end so I will have to wait another year for the pleasure of even more Asparagus to eat.  Next year there will be double the quantity of Asparagus as my second bed, planted 2 years ago, will be ready to crop. 

Early Chard has been a pleasure at many mealtimes already this year and the colourful Bright Lights variety brings flashes of colour in a sea of green.  There is a froth of softer white flowers in amongst the peas and Broad beans with more pods for picking every day.  Tiny yellow flowers appearing on the tomato plants and large deep throated Courgette flowers waiting to welcome pollinators. 

Now I’m dreaming of stuffed courgette flowers over flames as the Solstice Sun tips back South.