Summer is here. It's official. We have had temperatures touching 30 degrees all week, and the garden and I are loving it. The vegetable patch is growing so fast that I think if you sit for a day and just watch it you could honestly almost see it grow; sunflowers are heading skywards and have grown centimetres in just a few days, pea pods are appearing in their 10's daily, and the beans would grace a nursery rhyme no trouble at all. We planted Asparagus Peas, Lotus tetragobolonus and they have germinated and are developing into nice stocky little plants which should provide an interesting stir fry ingredient - a mange tout type pea pod with a ridged appearance and asparagus like flavour. I had some cucumber plants thrust on me "because otherwise they were going on the compost heap" a few weeks ago, and although I didn't think I really had space for them nor any great urge to grow cucumbers I did plant them and they are doing very well. Apparently you can grow them up canes rather than trailing along the ground tying them in hard as they grow, so I am trying this and so far so good. The same kind person also gave me tomato plants which are thriving in with the herbs. The aubergines and peppers are also doing really well, but are still tiny plants which will need to be kept inside over the winter to have any chance of them producing next year.