Although I have achieved most of the sowing, planting & cultivation on my plots to date, despite the climatic extremes since March, flooding and several compressed vertebrae. After a recent medical test I was informed, (last Thursday), that I have heavy metal blood poisoning from a metal on metal hip replacement I had done several years ago. So it will be out with the old and in with the new very soon. That sounds like the same can be said for dealing with the contaminated manure problem, being experienced on many of our allotment plots here, at the moment. By the time I get back down the plot I expect the weeds will have learned to grow in straight lines, so they will be easier for me to remove??
Well that's the bad out of the way.
|My 1st Batch of Carrots|
|Giant Pumpkins (Hopefully)|
The good news has been the beautiful weather here for the past few weeks. The germination rate of most seeds I have sown has been phenomenal. In particular Pumpkins, Carrots, Turnips and Lettuce germinating within 5 days to a week. I think that the germination rate has been accelerated by a couple of other factors, than just the hot temperatures. 1. I have not used compost in most of my drills before sowing. The peat free stuff dries out too quickly, (so what do we want to save? water or peat), well you can't drink peat? 2. All watering in of seeds has been done using water from the drainage ditch at the bottom of my main plot. (Extra nutrients)?
|A Few Gooseberries|
|French Beans (Germinated in 5 Days)|
|Runner Beans (Scarlet Emperor & Enorma) On 2nd Plot|
|6 Tomato Plants (Planted Out Yesterday)|
|Cayenne Peppers Planted Out Yesterday On 2nd Plot|
|Sweetcorn (Lark F1) on 2nd Plot with Cucumbers Evesham 76|
|Oca Plants (Looking Iffy)|
|Full Can of Slug Trap Liquid (Out of Date) Holding Down Strawberry Netting|
|L to R Onions Spring Onions Parsnips (and Turnips Going to Seed)|
|Bird Scarer ??|
Compared with last year, a real bonus, is the lack of insect pests. White fly, Black fly, Green fly, Slugs & Snails seem to be none existent at the moment. The only damage to my crops so far has been from Wood Pigeons (to Brassicas) Flea beetles (to Turnips) and from several Blackbirds disrupting certain mulched/seeded areas of ground, they are currently eyeing up the Strawberries & Blackcurrants, which are just starting to ripen, for their breakfasts. I am pleased to say most of my crops are looking in good condition and the watering routines during the warm evenings has been a pleasure recently.
As for the future there will be tomorrow.