We go away for 10 days in January, so I try hard to arrange things in the garden so that there is not too much of a glut around this time. Mixed results at the moment - the climbing beans are climbing fast but no flowers yet, so that's good; the tomatoes have a few just starting to ripen but not many, good; cucumber growing but only flowers at present, good; celery regenerating as we pick it; BUT, the courgette is going nuts as are the lettuces. Parsley and spinach are going to seed. I'm thinking of clearing them out altogether and starting again with some seedlings, which should be getting going nicely when we get back.

As for fruit, the loganberries, raspberries and strawberries seem to be slowing down a bit. No cherries at all again this year. Apples look to be a bumper crop. Avocado tree is sadly confused and had very late flowers this year, so we'll see what effect that has on next year's crop. Hardly any this year. Still no blackcurrants on the bush (it's 2 years old), but I saw an enormous one down the road that was full of fruit, so it's clearly not the climate. Loads of redcurrants though, and steady pickings of rhubarb. For the first time our little lime tree has lots of fruit, and the red guava is full but nowhere near ripe yet. As usual at this time of year, I wish we had a plum tree - might go round to Maryanne's to beg some!

Happy gardening everyone! Perfect weather for it today: sunny but not too hot.

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