I arrived in the early hours and the first thing I noticed was a huge courgette bordering on a marrow on one of the front plants. The huge leaves on the courgette plants were discoloured as if a rusty sort of blight had struck them. From my experience of growing these vegetables over the years, I knew this was a natural sign of age, and nothing to worry about.
In spite of the reasonable quantity of rain we had overnight, my first job of the day was watering and I filled a couple of watering cans with rainwater from my water butts, and watered the pots and my cold frame.
I then bagged a few onions from my store in the shed to take home to Margaret and I picked about ten Courgettes. There were about three that were almost marrows and I will pass these on to our friend Sonia, who owns Number Ten restaurant, as promised.
My Raspberry canes are heavy with delicious ripe fruit, large berries that look and taste delicious. I very quickly filled a whole punnet with these beauties and I had to leave a lot on the canes to pick tomorrow. The leaves on the raspberry canes were soaking wet with the fresh rainwater that we had overnight, and I was getting quite wet as I picked the fruit. Then suddenly we had another light shower, I carried on working in spite of this rain to finish picking.