This year I would say the results are mixed. The green bean I selected very quickly grew up the bean tower and started flowering, but that was as far as we got. Not a single bean and now it's looking heat-stressed already and summer hasn't really got going yet.
Perhaps I selected the wrong variety - the one I chose was "Tenderstar" a runner type, which reminded me of the runner beans we used to have in England. Perhaps that variety doesn't do well in our climate. Next year, I'll get them started earlier, and maybe plant a couple of different varieties.
We are, however, having better success with the Roma tomato I selected. It's doing very nicely and we've harvested several delicious fruits already.
I had thought that the Sir Crunch-a-Lot cucumber was a flop. It had lots of flowers but we didn't see any fruit forming for ages.
Then earlier in the week, I noticed two huge cucumbers hanging from the frame. Yay! Success!
So this afternoon I went out in the rain and picked a cucumber and some tomatoes...
... and sliced and diced them and tossed them with a light balsamic vinaigrette to go with our dinner tonight.
Can't wait to taste it :-)
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.