Space is beginning to run out in the vegetable patch. It is at this time of year that you tell yourself it would be a good idea to bring more ground under cultivation. It would be nice to have a couple of extra rows of peas and broad beans, but that would just mean more to put in the freezer. Even with current production levels I know that it will be difficult to close the freezer lid by the end of October. You also have to think of the additional weeding! Well maybe next year.
In between today's showers I did use up a little more of the still veg free ground by sowing a row of fennel and a row of Chinese broccoli. The latter is described on the packet as a "fast growing eat all plant." I think that this is a reference to one being able to consume the entire plant, stalk and all, rather than it being an omnivore! Last year my fennel plants did not swell up as they should. I must remember to give them more water this year.