August is a beautiful month for seasonal food. It’s also a month where gluts are possible. This month seems to have mostly been about courgettes and tomatoes, and you will never hear me grumbling about that.
As long as you have some variety in your veggies, and you know a few different recipes and preserving methods, then you’re home free as far as I’m concerned. We’re still getting lots of lovely Losetto and Glacier tomatoes, their flavour’s even improved a little in the sunshine, and now the vine and plum tomatoes are starting to really get going too. We’ve had plenty of delicious Tigerellas and Black Cherry tomatoes now, and I’m definitely going to grow them again – they each have unique flavours, one bright and tangy and the other rich and smoky.
I also planted more than one kind of courgette, so the different shapes, colours and flavours are keeping things interesting. The Defender courgette plant has been very productive and it’s somehow still going after I accidentally let it grow a small marrow, which is very lucky indeed. I cut the fruit off as soon as I spotted it, and gave the plant lots of mulch, fertiliser and water, and it’s rallied round.
The Yellow Crookneck summer squashes and the round Tondo courgette are still producing really well, although they’re also putting out so much new foliage that it’s only a matter of time before I start missing the fruit. That’s fine with a Tondo, you can just slice a mega-courgette in half and stuff it and bake it, but the crooknecks sadly turn inedible.
The Tromboncino d’Albenga courgette almost stopped producing but has rallied round after being given a load of chicken manure pellets and getting heavily rained on, and it’s giving us delicious 50cm long courgettes again. I might even let one grow on into a crazy pumpkin. You did read that right, these are the only heirloom courgettes that can give you a winter squash. They keep for months and they’re nice in stews and vegetable chillies.
In the picture above we have a good representation of what’s doing well at the moment: mixed lettuce, Brokali/tenderstem, radishes, red & white spring onions, French beans, Polka raspberries, Cherry / Plum Roma / Black Cherry / Tigerella / Glacier tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, tromboncino and Defender courgette, yellow crookneck squash, Marketmore and Crystal Apple cucumbers, Kelvedon Wonder peas.
What’s doing well on your plot?