August, the transition month

Predictably, as school holidays are upon us, August has been very changeable and at times pretty wet. More rain is forecast tomorrow! This is generally quite good for veg growing, but not so much for tourism, or for that matter fruit production.

Salad still growing well


Onions – yes they were planted very late! But looking nice



The blackberries are noticeably late this year, probably a good two weeks, because we’ve really had very little sun for the past two to three weeks. In fact the last warm, dry and sunny spell was about six weeks ago, after which low pressures have been in charge and driven cooler and wetter weather. Perhaps we’re in for a fine autumn?

The wonderful Devonshire Quarrenden, our earliest apple


The orchard is looking good, the fruit just needing a bit more sun to ripen up



Despite the unusual timings of this season, there’s no disguising that August marks the transition from summer to autumn. Fruits start to ripen, leafy growth slows down, flowers turn to seed, the light softens and the air clears.  The starlings start their autumnal chattering and swallows start to sit on wires, perhaps resting before their long journey south. It’s one of my favourite times of the season.

Strawberries planted in May, growing like stink. Should be a good crop next summer!


The last of the evening primrose flowers


Squash coming on well, a winter favourite


Autumn calabrese getting away nicely


Cucumbers in full production


Grapes in the tunnel, a real favourite


Cherry tomato





On the farm there starts to be the biggest diversity of crops that you get in the whole year, and really is a pleasure to harvest…and of course eat!

Peaches growing in the polytunnel – delicious!






Jonathan Smith

I started Scilly Organics in 2003, and it was the first certified organic farm on the Islands. We continue to supply the highest quality fruit and vegetables, available fresh on our stall and at certain eateries on Scilly.

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