Posted by: estherreeves | June 29, 2009

Heatwave a possibility

So says the Met Office and it is certainly on the warm side today. It was pretty warm yesterday as well but we also had one of those extremely heavy summer storms where you get soaked to the skin in ten seconds flat and the roads flood till the drains manage to catch up with the amount of water falling out of the sky!

I did get some stuff done on the plot Sunday morning though and a little after the smalls were in bed so not a bad weekend. The lane side of the hedge is now trimmed, not as tightly as some enough not to be in the way. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a good blackberry crop as there are certainly plenty of flowers currently and definitely more than one type of bramble.

Did some hacking of overgrown areas in the middle of the plot so it looks a bit tidier, there is plenty of sorting to be done over winter to get the plot more up straight for next season including clearing that middle strip which is very uneven due in part to random piles of soil. We also plan to clear a bigger area than currently planted for fruit bushes and build a proper fruit cage.

Greenhouse end of June

Greenhouse end of June

The greenhouse is growing well and I am seriously considering cutting down the staging on the right hand side to give the cucumbers more room! The plant in a compost bag on the path is an aubergine that I bought as I didn’t get round to growing any from seed.

We have baby tomatoes and gerkins coming though as yet i haven’t spotted a baby cucumber though there are flowers.

Baby tomatoes

Baby tomatoes

Baby gerkin

Baby gerkin

Outside we have the beginnings or pumpkins on Noodles Big Max Pumpkin so keep fingers crossed the slugs don’t eat them or the rabbits!  There is also at least one patty pan developing.

Big Max pumpkin, the flower was huge before the slugs got to it.

Big Max pumpkin, the flower was huge before the slugs got to it.

Patty Pan, love the shape

Patty Pan, love the shape

We have dug the rest of the red Duke of York, 7lb 3 oz in total and no slug damage or anything. Tey are great potatoes and definetly on the regrow list. I think we will dig the rest of the first earlies soon as they are starting to look a little sad and that would mean a nice area to plant more stuff out into which has minimal weeds to deal with first !

Earlies being dug, mains mostly flowering now.

Earlies being dug, mains mostly flowering now.

The lettuce in the salad bed has bolted rather as has the rocket and had some huge slugs hiding among the leaves, The brocalli rab, turnips, beet greens and beetroot are growing well though my second sowing of radishes are begin slug attacked. It may be time to look at slug control options.

bolting lettuce

bolting lettuce

brocalli rab

brocalli rab

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