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On Sunday afternoon I concentrated on running a cultivator over the middle area of my 2nd plot to loosen up the soil and remove the few weeds growing in that area. The Strawberry bed was still far too wet to walk on even using boards, so the drier areas, I could reach from the paths were hoed over. After checking the various seedlings still in my sheds & cold frames I left for home, hoping that the coming week would see some much needed sunshine and no more rain.
|Harvesting more Rainwater|
|Sprouts Like the Extra Rain|
|Rain Compacted Soil|
|Blackcurrants Will They Ripen With No Sun|
100% cloud cover again for most of this week along with the accompanying rain put paid to further progress on the plots, until this afternoon. Last nights national & local weather forecasts were wrong yet again for this area with heavy rain overnight and lighter rain for most of this morning. I arrived down the plot just after 1 o'clock this afternoon as the sun finally broke through the cloud. The temperature rose rapidly and within minutes birds were singing in the adjacent hedgerows, several small white butterflies were fluttering about and many flying insects were taking to the air. Half a dozen male & female Blackbirds were hopping about carrying hoards of slugs & worms in their beaks. The dreaded Wood Pigeons had left their saturated roosts in the nearby Ash trees and were eying up various Brassicas for their lunch. Steam was rising from most of the shed roofs as the sunlight warmed things up. What looked like a pleasant afternoon was soon interrupted by more showers. I did manage to get some more weeding done and 2 rows of Runner beans planted out from their pots in the shed. I left for home at about 4 P.M. as the ground was still too wet to achieve much else.
|Runner Beans Finally Planted Out|
|Beautifully Coloured Creature|
|A Coat of Many Colours|
There's always tomorrow??