I learnt my lesson last year when my tomatoes got blossom end rot. This year the soil has plenty of calcium :)
|My first harvest of cocktail tomatoes|
My cocktail tomato plants (more like bushes) are all producing madly - all of the cocktail tomato plants are self-seeded from last year. The large heirloom tomatoes are a bit slow - but I don't mind as we have more than enough to keep us going at the moment. I would also prefer them to ripen closer to winter - that way I can use the Rosie to preserve them. I battled initially to get them to grow - well, that and the ruddy slugs kept eating them...
|I saved all of the shells from the eggs we ate|
over the past year...
...even though they had a good border of crushed egg shells.
As I was harvesting the cocktail tomatoes I passed a self-seeded Cape Gooseberry bush which is growing next to my shadecloth veggie hut and noticed that the time (and fruit) was ripe.
S'funny, I don't often see anyone else mention growing gooseberries - they are dead easy to grow, and provide a wonderfully tart jam / sauce.
So, for those of you who don't have gooseberries in your garden, here's some info.
|Aha!! I spy ripe gooseberries|
|The capsule on the unripe gooseberries is green|
|Enough gooseberries in my bowl to make some|
Remove the remaining, stubborn capsule(s) from the fruit...
|The gooseberries sans the capsule|
|Gooseberries are high in pectin and don't take|
long to soften
Gooseberry sauce, and jam, are a sweet but tart treat.
|The seeds inside the gooseberries are very fertile|
and produce offspring easily. In fact, if you don't
keep an eye out, they can become a pest
|I wish the gooseberry capsule was|
a tad bigger. There is a craft out
there somewhere which would benefit
from the gooseberry capsule :)