It has been so dry here that crops need far more watering than would normally be necessary. Luckily at the allotment the high water table means that I have only need to water plants that have been newly planted out. My potatoes there are nowhere near as advanced as I would like but the ones at home are in bags and we have already had a meal from them.
The dwarf peas, Oskar, are cropping well and the Telephone peas have their first flowers and the french beans are climbing their canes. The broad beans, Bunyards Exhibition, didn’t seem to be doing anything as they had been visited by a bee who drilled holes in the base of the flower to steal the nectar but a few are now setting so I have hopes of a reasonable crop.
In the garden at home the first lettuce have been great. The Valdor are finished and I will definitely be growing it again next year. The Density cos lettuce is cutting now and hearting well, all I need is some home grown tomatoes to go with them.
All the broccoli have been taken out as they went to seed really quickly due to the hot spring and I lifted the onions around them to use as small pickling onions. The bed has now been forked over and enriched with some well rotted manure and 21 sweetcorn plants put in. This is the first time in many years I have tried to grow corn and I hope I can keep it watered well enough and we get enough sun to give some good cobs.
The strawberry bed is well netted and we have already had some luscious fruit and there are many more to come. The summer raspberries are forming fruit and I am hpeful of a reasonable harvest considering that they were grown in pots for 18 months before I could get them in the ground leaving them rather stunted.
All things considered I think it will be a good year, especially since my daughter and son in law announced they are expecting their first child in October AND I CAN’T STOP GRINNING!
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