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I was born in Guernsey (but now live in Brittany) and our main industry was growing tomatoes although that industry has now virtually disappeared. Growing tomatoes to a Guernseyman is like wine to a Frenchman, it's in our blood! I do not profess to be an expert, but I have picked up a few tips and techniques which work for me.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

20 Inch Cucumber

I have been away for a few days and things  are certainly moving on in the polytunnel. I have just picked my longest cucumber of the season so far and at 20 inches, it certainly is impressive.
I have already picked 21 cucumbers off of plant number 1, which is the one I am growing the cue's on the shoots. So nearly half way to my target of 50 for this plant.
Take a look at Mrs TK's blog Galloping Gourmets to see what she does with all the tasty cucumbers that we get.

The tomato plants have now reached past the crop wire, so I am training them on a string over the path to the other side. Quite a few tomatoes have been picked off the plants and the heads are just starting to thicken a little, which is what I was hoping for.

My pair of melons are swelling wonderfully, so should be ready to harvest very soon, and there are plenty of others on the plant, so as we have had such a  hot summer it has been really good for the melon plants.

The Oka is still growing well amongst the outdoor tomatoes, so fingers crossed I will get my first harvest. I have never tasted them before, so it will be interesting to see what they are like.