With the dry weather continuing, between sporadic cloud bursts we’re needing to use water on the veg and trees to ensure nothing dies.
As part of the successional sowing system, today we put in our third and final row of ‘Norli’ snap peas, and de-weeded the future home of the sweetcorn, squash and courgettes. The peas and broad beans are coming up nicely, with flowers on the first batch of both, and the snap peas as well. The ‘Duncan’ spring cabbage is gorgeous, we’re trying to keep on top of it and giving away as well.
I mentioned in my last post about having planted another 10′ of Cylindra beetroot rather than F1 Kestrel, which store better. Well, in a moment of vagueness I managed to hoe the 10′ over, killing all the Cylindra, so I’ve sown the F1 Kestrel this time. I’m going to be more active with the chicken wire protection, as the sparrow population we’ve nicely cultivated has decided beetroot leaves are the new dish of the day, and have devoured all of Gary’s next door and begun on ours. Ah bless.
The strawberries have had straw put under the fruit, which seems to be coming on a treat with the weather, as is the rhubarb.
With my parents down for a few days from sunny Scotland, dad helped me build the second greenhouse, which is now just waiting for a day with no breeze, so it’s possible to carry the panes of glass safely. Greenhouse number 1 is chock full of sweetcorn, aubergine (Melanzana – Violetta Lunga 2), cucumbers, tomatoes, dwarf french beans and marigolds (African Crackerjack Mixed). Some of these are desperate to be planted out – especially the sweetcorn and french beans, so the next spare day will see some planting in earnest. I only hope we’ve not left it too late for some of them.