It’s March and we’re finally getting tomatoes! A yellow cherry variety on the left and some other kind I forgot.
Tydeman’s Late Orange apple.
First year of delicious Moorpark apricots.
This gate was built specifically to mitigate strong gusting winds rushing off the walls and funnelling into the garden. This helps keeps temperatures up and makes our back patio a little more peaceful.
Runner beans growing on a sacrificial young Hoheria seedling.
One way to lower young branches. Use as much water as you need weight.
Merton Russet apple espalier.
Another way to tie down young branches. The branch being tied down is above and a mirror of this sturdy lower one. The rubber bands allow some flex and don’t hurt the wood like string. Hemp twine is really strong, cheap and you should be able to use it again after one season has set the branch at a good angle (as close to 90 degrees as possible).
Actinidia arguta. Hardy Kiwi fruits. This is the first season they have produced and we are looking forward to big crops in the years to come as the vines are growing vigorously. Due to the PSA virus (?) these plants are unavailable anywhere as far as I can tell (please be in touch if you find a source). So delicious! Sweet and gummy and for those that don’t like fuzzy kiwi skins there is none of that. They give slightly to pressure when ripe. Grown on north and west facing walls.
Egremont Russet apple.
This corrugated perspex lean to was built as a dry social space, a structure for hardy kiwi and passionfruit vines to grow under and a propagation space. 3×250 litre barrels (food grade) are supported by a small raised bed growing the passionfruit vine and tomatoes.
Loquat ‘Thames pride’.
The back side of the lean to. Runner beans and a tap. The tanks are connected via a siphon over the tops.
Brown Turkey fig. Kept low with a dark painted heat sink wall behind and reflection from paving stones and the back of curtains. West facing wall.
View across the garden to Signal hill.
Night time friend.
‘Schuyler’ grape, Poroporo, brambles.
Raspberries, kale, double grafted Initial and Akane apple.