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U.F.O. Sighted Over Somerset

Purple Pea Flower
Purple Pea (All His Colleagues Have White Flowers)

 The shining red disc in the sky was sighted this morning as it rose higher from the east, emitting a good deal of heat from it's core as it blasted away the remaining annoying clouds. Due to another week of full cloud cover and low night time temperatures it took me a while to remember that the last time I had seen this phenomena it was called the Sun (Not the newspaper).

I must apologize to everyone who follows my blog and to those whose blogs I follow, for my recent lack of posts and for not looking in on the blogs I follow. I have been struggling lately to resurrect my second plot after the flooding a few weeks ago. Due to several compressed vertebrae since the beginning of March, after a days' work down the plot I could hardly lift a cup of tea, let alone my computer mouse. The problem is not fixed yet but getting there. More physio tomorrow.

Wild Flowers on Drainage Bank
Buttercup Bank Strimmed Back But Leaving Most Wild Plants Intact to Attract Pollinators

I managed a full days' work down the plot today enjoying the return of the welcome and much needed sunshine. Lots of the clay soil on my second plot is still compacted after drying out from the flooding, mostly on my fruit beds which can be left for a while yet. I got the soil around my Runner beans ho-ed over and replaced half a dozen plants which had died back due to cold night time temperatures & the recent lack of sunlight. I planted out another row of Sweetcorn and finally planted out the first of my Cucumbers, (under a cloche), in between the Sweetcorn. Two more rows of Carrots (Norfolk Giant) were sown on my main plot. The first of my Giant Pumpkins (American) has germinated over the weekend despite the cool weather. These were sown a couple of months ago using compost inside a cardboard shoe box, situated on top of my manure heap.
I sowed six more today along with more Carrot seeds in the barrels at the lower end of my main plot.

Compacted Clay on Strawberry Bed
Compacted Clay on Strawberry Bed

Cucumbers Under Cloche
Cucumbers Planted Out Under Cloche










In general most of the vegetables which have been planted out or sown direct earlier in the year are now doing well, despite lack of sunlight recently. Germination and growth with various sowing in pots and trays being kept in cold frames, sheds & greenhouse have been problematic, due to damping off or lack of sunlight & warmth.

Grapevine by Shed
Grapevine "Greening Up"
                                                                         
Giant Pumpkin??
1st Pumpkin Growing












Carrots in a Barrel
Carrots in a Barrel














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