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There be giants!

Going away and leaving your allotment in summertime is risky.

Some would argue that it’s too risky.

But if that’s when the holidays are what choice do you have?

This year with all the bumper stuff happening I was a tad reluctant to go. After all you can come back to chaos. Overflowing weeds , crops that have gone to seed and stopped producing, and potential disasters.

So it was with trepidation that we headed for the plot yesterday after two weeks of absence.

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The wilderness wasn’t that untamed. There were no wild animals scaling the archway, no triffids progressing towards the road.

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The giant in question was this courgette come marrow hiding under the sunflowers.

And this yellow cousin.
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Meanwhile joy and jubilation at the other developments.

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For the first time in five years tomatoes that are ripening and giant chillies!

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And better still the soya beans have flourished. These are hard to grow but live heat and have survived outside too!

So pleased!

Need to get in the kitchen!

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31 comments on “There be giants!

  1. TheDigger
    August 10, 2014

    What a lovely surprise! Things are looking great. What are you going to make with that massive courgette?

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    • lizard100
      August 10, 2014

      It’s hard to know. Something will happen then it’ll be in the soup I expect.

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  2. Expat Eye
    August 10, 2014

    Triffids would have been kind of cool 😉

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  3. AnnetteM
    August 10, 2014

    Great veg!

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  4. Fran
    August 10, 2014

    Looks great! I have just made courgette and ginger jam with my overgrown courgettes. It is absolutely delicious xxx

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  5. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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  6. bcparkison
    August 10, 2014

    Ripe cucumber pickles ( from big yellows ones) are the best. Cut them into fingers or chunks.

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    • lizard100
      August 10, 2014

      Sounds intriguing. Not a big fan of pickles myself. I find vinegar a bit hard going. Mind you my husband is a fan : ) thanks for the suggestion.

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  7. silverbells2012
    August 10, 2014

    What a great load of surprises to come back to.

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    • lizard100
      August 10, 2014

      Yep. Most proud of the soya beans.

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    • lizard100
      August 11, 2014

      I’m not really sure. I read previously that the yield wasn’t too high and each pod only has two beans but I love them in salad. We shall see!

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      • silverbells2012
        August 11, 2014

        Never had them fresh!

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      • lizard100
        August 11, 2014

        I’ve had them in salads. I think they may be blanched and I’ve bought frozen from Chinese supermarkets.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 11, 2014

        I think I once got them dried but they were very difficult to cook.

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      • lizard100
        August 11, 2014

        Hmm dried sounds hard work to me. I started eating them in M&S bean salads and as edemame with chilli. Delicious.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 11, 2014

        Good to have something you do like anyway 🙂

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      • lizard100
        August 11, 2014

        Definitely!

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  8. The Vanilla Housewife
    August 11, 2014

    Good to hear they “behaved” while you were away! 😉 Is courgette some sort of a pumpkin?

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    • lizard100
      August 11, 2014

      It’s also called zucchini : ) are you still looking for postcards? Where do I find the address?

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      • The Vanilla Housewife
        August 11, 2014

        Oohh! I learned something new!
        Yes! My son collects them. What’s your email address so I can give it to you. Thank’s in advance, send us your address as well if you want to receive one from my son too! 🙂

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      • lizard100
        August 11, 2014
      • The Vanilla Housewife
        August 11, 2014

        Sent it to you!. Thanks!

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      • lizard100
        August 14, 2014

        Have you checked out Post Crossing? It’s a website where you can register and send and receive postcards. You can also photograph all your existing postcards and keep track of them there.

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