>This summer continues in its strange way – the really hot weather which usually lasts two to three months has lasted only about six weeks. This week we’ve had thunderstorms, heavy rain, drizzle and now a cold north wind. Maybe summer will return, but at the moment it feels like autumn. The tomatoes, aubergines and peppers are still giving us more than we can eat – one day last weekend we picked our biggest ever single day’s harvest of tomatoes:
We’re unlikely to pick this many in one day again this year, but we have plenty to fill the store cupboard with jars of passata for winter and to make fresh sauces and salads. One Coeur de boeuf tomato made carpaccio of tomato (thinly sliced tomato drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and basil) for two:
Today I picked the first haricots verts (French green beans) from the plants which I sowed around the terracotta pots – there are plenty more to come! Thanks for this watering idea, Kate! It has worked very well.
The wine grapes are ripening too and soon the vendange (grape harvest) of the white grapes will begin, at night to keep the grapes cool. The red grapes will be harvested at the beginning of September. This strange summer which seems to have delayed vegetable harvests doesn’t seem to have had any effect on the grapes, which are ripening as usual at this time.