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The tomatoes are still doing well and continuing to ripen, the Hippeastrum have been moved into the cool dark shed to die back and go dormant for 6 weeks or so, and the first of the hardy annuals have been sown.
Decided to dig the Fir Apple potatoes up from next to the greenhouse to avoid any chance of blight getting established and spreading to the tomatoes. Very pleased with the crop which looks clean and far less knobbly than most Fir Apples. Leeks have replaced the potatoes and although it is late for them to go in, I’m hoping that the reasonably large transplants will put on some good growth before the temperature drops.
The tomatoes are really kicking in now and I’m able to pick them a trug at a time. While we are still enthusiastically eating them fresh with garlic, olive oil and basil, I’m also roasting them with shallots, garlic, basil, sugar and olive oil using the River Cottage Handbook No.2 recipe for Roasted Tomato Passata so that I can preserve some of that delicious intense flavour for winter. I keep the passata in a Kilner jar in the fridge with a layer of olive oil to preserve it. It lasts for months and I can dip into it whenever I need to add a touch of summer to my cooking.
Tomatoes are elbowing practically everything else out of the way and it looks like it will be a good crop. Hippeastrums are spending the summer under the staging and benefit from regular tomato feed to build the bulbs.