The weather over the past 11 days, since my last blog post, has been average for this time of year here in U.K. With overnight temperatures generally lower than the norm I have restricted seed sowing to trays and pots, which are under cover in my poly tunnel, with the exception of more hardier varieties of vegetables. Over the past few days of waiting for higher temperatures to arrive and the germinated plants getting too large for their pots, (potting on is extra work and time consuming), I have planted out the first batch of Sweetcorn and Runner beans. Within 24 hours of doing so the Runner beans were flattened by a heavy shower of hailstones this afternoon, just prior to the rain storm in the video. One days rain during last week did little to aid the germination of seeds sown outdoors and indeed the lack of rain for several weeks now has left most areas of ground parched.
Last Sunday I decided to do a car boot sale, so on Saturday I stripped down my 5 Rhubarb plants, discarding the soft and unusable sticks of Rhubarb, (which should benefit the plants), giving me 7 large sacks of bumper sized sticks. The remainder of my Leeks were lifted ready for the sale along with several fruit bushes and trees in pots. I added a couple of trays of Strawberry plants, Runner bean and Sweetcorn plants to the tally along with other none-plant related items I had for sale. With the current high costs of shop bought Rhubarb, mine was snapped up at the sale. The past 11 days has been busy down my plots with such tasks as, watering seedlings, erecting bean poles, sowing and planting various veggies and flower bulbs, earthing up Potatoes, grass cutting and strimming, adding and removing various protective covers for plants, seed sowing, pruning back some of the large trees which overhang the drainage ditch at the lower end of my plots, sharpening tools and of course doing some weeding. The removal of the top soil from my front garden is approximately 50% complete, with the soil being bagged up and transported in my car to N1 plot each time I make a visit, hopefully this will be finished by the end of next week, weather permitting.
Many small annual weeds have been making their appearances since about the beginning of last week, so this weekend is being dedicated to (joy of joys) weeding and hoe-ing down the plots.
There's always tomorrow!!