The pace of growth hasslowed down at the allotment although the sweet peas, now growing outof a large nest like structure of tangled stems towards the base of abamboo wigwam, continue to present a good show of flowers at thisjuncture with the start of autumn.
Two rows of red cabbageseedlings have been planted alongside the leeks in one of the raisedbeds and I am hoping that they will gain enough early growth beforethe weather turns even cooler.
This year I grew a rangeof unknown varieties of tomato plants since they were shared by otherplotholders, as well as the Matina variety from Suffolk Organic Herbsthat I plant each year.
The profusion of young,green tomatoes of varying shapes and sizes looked promising for awhile but, in the absence of a hot, dry summer, tomato blight hasstruck once again destroying the plants. Tomato blight is a fungaldisease that causes dark blotches to appear on the leaves and fruit.
All except the threecherry tomato plants in a raised bed have suffered, but these haveproduced a consistent supply of sweet-tasting fruit throughout thesummer.