Rejoice in the abundance of high summer

As the season hits peak growing time, it’ll take all you’ve got to keep up with the pace of your plot

What a difference a week makes. I have been away for a few days and returned to beans grabbing on to every pole; the Basque peas climbing, reaching out like a rock climber on a difficult face. Pods are fattening fast on the broad beans (but first I’ll crop the plant tops, the classic gardening perk, to eat steamed tonight with Sunday dinner). The nasturtiums are clambering through the potatoes.

The chard has doubled in size in six days. The tomatoes, too. I pot them on, and try to offload others I have no room for. This is the growing season with the sun high in the sky, rising before 5am (but dropping fast from now), though we are past the week of the solstice – the twitchy garden time, the start of looking over your shoulder.

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