It is always very reassuring when the first tomato flowers appear. A bad frost when the plants are small can leave you with flowerless plants and no tomatoes. The flowers are attractive to bees and are followed by the first fruits.
Beans produce a range of bright coloured flowers before the beans set. Some people actually grow beans as ornamentals because of the flowers. They do provide some early seasonal colour and a food source for bees. The quantity of flowers give a good indication of the crop to come.
Visit to the opening of new community garden project in Brussels. This educational project is run by Le début des Haricots working in conjunction with the Brussels regional authority. It is one of a number of community based projects being established in the city.
There are a number of ways to grow potatoes in a small garden. In this garden they are grown in patches among other plants around the garden. Potatoes are good for the soil and for eating.
At this time of year there is an excess of green material and leaf material for composting. This simple wire mesh basket works well for a temporary storage. The material will be added to the compost bin later in the winter.
There is nothing nicer than a tomato plant laden with fruit. Unfortunately tomato blight is a reality of growing tomatoes and learning how to adapt to the disease is a necessary part of the process. The disease comes with a change in the weather about September every year.