This weekend has been warm and sunny here in Somerset giving me a chance to again resurrect the plots after my 3 weeks absence there, (apart from 2 brief visits).
I spent most of Saturday strimming and mowing the various grass paths, verges and banks around the plots. Its funny how grass and weeds continue to flourish even in wet cold conditions but most of the veggies and fruit don't. After 4 and a half hours of mowing, my lawnmower refused to restart so I finished off by strimming the last of the long grass around my parking area. The plots looked far tidier after the grass was cut and I had plenty of nitrogen rich material, to add to the compost heap, with one heap of cuttings kept separately for mulch.
|Leeks Thinned Out and Transplanted|
|Brussels sprouts Thinned out & Replanted|
|Carrots (Norfolk Giants)|
|Next Batch of Carrots Coming|
It was then back to the Brassica bed for some more hoeing and weeding. The soil around the Cabbages was well compacted, due to the persistent rain of late, with few weeds in evidence, so loosening up the soil to allow it to dry more quickly and aerate it at the same time was the priority. By 6 p.m. I was almost finished but decided to leave the remaining few feet until Tomorrow. I expected to have this post finished last night but not enough hours in a day, funny that when the sun comes out.
|Giant Pumpkins Loving the Sunshine|
|Runner beans on Main Plot Not as Advanced as They were at This Time Last Year|
|More Carrots (In Barrel This Time)|
|Welsh Onions (Sown 16th April - Germinated This Week)|
|Maincrop Potatoes (Desiree) Bottom of 2nd Plot|
|Maincrop Potatoes (Desiree) Top of 2nd Plot (Notice smaller Plants Top Right - This Area Not Weeded)??|
|Sweetcorn & Cucumbers (3 from 8) Hoeing in Progress|
|Red Currants Ripening|
|Tomatoes & Giant Pumpkin Sheltered on Manure Heap|
Monday night already, after another pleasant day down the plot with good spells of sunshine. The only downside is the continuing windy conditions which are playing havoc with quite a few plants. (Runner beans, Sweetcorn a few fruit bushes and my Cucumbers do not like the windy conditions). This morning was spent thinning out the remainder of the Brussels sprouts after which the remainder of the Brassica bed was hoed and weeded. The Sweetcorn area on my 2nd plot was in need of hoeing and several of the plants were being pushed over by the wind. These were earthed up and "heeled" back in. As I hoed my way through the block of eighty plants most of them were earthed up as I went along. The planned 250 I had intended to sow and plant earlier this year was cut to eighty due to bad weather, nil germination and rotting off of many seeds and plants. By 4-30 p.m. it was time for home after another fine day.
There's always tomorrow.