Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Thursday 11 August 2011

July Harvest Roundup - inside the Polytunnel

The stuff inside the polytunnel has been truly exceptional this year. It is getting too hot now in there and I am losing tomato blossom to heat scorch, but that usually happens this time of year and I have 5 or more trusses set on each plant so it is no loss.

So what has been really good in July?

Carlton and Costoluto Genovese and Fiorentino tomatoes, huge and plump and juicy and tasty, also Moneymaker - tasteless in supermarkets, superb when grown properly!

Latah and Red Cherry tomatoes - prolific and sweet also very early I picked the first ones in early June!

Cucumbers - been a bit too hot for them in the SW corner of the Polytunnel this year...might have to move them in future years or provide a bit of shading /forced ventilation!

The Peppers are now ripening but in July I was harvesting Nardullo and Romano Peppers  with Marconi Rossa and Bell peppers huge and green but not yet turning red.

I harvested 40 Kg of tomatoes in July, and we actually ate a quantity which slipped into the house ( and from tere into our tummies!) without being weighed......so many more than that were picked. And I weighed15 Kg during the last 2 weeks of June,  again there were more but ...we ate them :-)

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