It's been a while since I updated on the Tudor kitchen garden project, which I am working on as part of BBC London's Grow Your Own Campaign.
The garden is being very productive at the moment. The beans, in particular, are growing well - although the variety, which have dark purple speckles, don't look very appealing when they are still on the plant. When they cook they turn green though. I have actually got more beans than I am able to use and have been busy freezing them - an option not available to Tudor gardeners. Seasonality was obviously very important in the sixteenth century, with menus tailored to fit the seasons.
Once again, I have failed spectacularly to grow radishes and we have been eating more radish leaf pesto (which is actually very nice!). One plant did actually form a radish bulb but, unfortunately, it got half eaten by a slug before I found it. None of the others formed bulbs at all. It was a similar story with the beetroots, which grew some nice leaves, but no actual beetroots. We have been using the leaves in salads and I am going to make some beetroot leaf pesto this evening for dinner. I'm not quite sure what I have done wrong with the radishes and beetroots - I will aske St John, BBC London Radio's gardening expert, next time I speak to him and will let you know. I've tried re-sowing both to see if I can get in another crop before it turns cold.
Finally, the carrots are growing beautifully. The thinnings look and taste great and I am looking forward to harvesting fully grown carrots soon. The yellow carrots have been the biggest success and look great. There are only a few purples, although I planted the most of these. The purples actually look quite unappetising when you see the tops poking out of the soil - when I first spotted one I thought the carrot had somehow gone off in the ground! The colour will take some getting used to!
There are also some orange carrots, which I am surprised about. We planted these just before the March snow and used all the seed up, so I had thought that we wouldn't actually get any. It shows how resilient plants can be!
Here are some photos: