Highs and lows
GARDENING this year has had its ups and downs! I have a small London garden which has flowers, herbs, soft fruit, a few fruit trees and some veg.
The ‘highs’ have been gooseberries, tomatoes and plums, and since the rain the flowers and lawn have grown well. The ‘lows’ have been the runner beans and climbing courgettes; the heat was too much for a bumper harvest.
Against all odds, a plant appeared and grew so prolifically that I had to trim off 2ft (60cm) long growths threefour times a week to prevent the whole garden becoming a tangle. My efforts produced this butternut squash, which weighs 2.2lb (1kg). As it was grown attached to a pole, the skin has no blemishes. I can only surmise a seed got into the compost which I spread around the garden. A happy event!
Elna Forsyth by email
“The butternut squash weighs 2.2lb”