Citizens for Boysenberry Jam

HER OUTDOORS

It’s National Allotments Week, coinciding with a time when our harvests are hitting a peak. The thing is, I am on holiday away from my allotment, so my fruit and vegetables are going unharvested. All I can think about are my tomatoes, in pots, drying out and screaming for some rain. The potatoes in the ground will be fine. The climbing and runner beans were still in flower when I left, so should be ready when I get back. Most of my soft fruit – the summer raspberries, strawberries, all the currants and gooseberries – had finished by the time I’d packed my suitcase. There will be blackberries and the first autumn raspberries to pick when I return. It has rained a bit in London. Maybe there will be some tomatoes left for a homecoming salad. But every August, when I am on holiday, I wonder whether there is any…

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