Apologies for this post – started on the 20th May but then after problems with uploading pictures it never was finished…….
Over the last few days we’ve had a fair amount of rain, which was needed as previously we’d had a long period with virtually no rain so the garden really needed it. In fact I’d been driven to getting the hosepipe on the garden – and a day later it started rain of course!
There has been some progress – a few things have made their way out of the greenhouse into the garden.
Four climbing beans – different varieties – are now in the garden. Probably a bit early but they were getting rather leggy in the greenhouse.
One of the cucumber plants is now under the ‘door’ protection – again it was getting too big for its pot in the greenhouse.
Meanwhile the kale is hanging on ok and hasn’t been attacked too much:
The potatoes are coming on well:
The cauliflower plants are ok – one or two leaves have been attacked ?pigeons?
and the broad beans are in full flower but I still haven’t ‘strung them’ yet but being ‘The Sutton’ they aren’t very tall and have managed to survive so far.
The mangetout peas are thriving (a mixture including ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’) and now need support canes
The one real disaster is the carrots which after only a few germinated the seedlings were all destroyed – slugs or pigeons – I’m not sure. So yet another sowing will have to go in….
On the bird front, not much to report. The robins have a nest in one hedge – I can hear the chicks when I’m working nearby. Not much variation at the bird table – just the dunnocks (on the ground), robins and blue/great tits plus the odd blackbird. There is a pair of magpies nesting in one tree alongside the garden which is rather annoying, I just hope they done’ have a go at any of the chicks that there must be in addition to the robins.
At the bottom of the garden the trail camera has shown the hedgehog(s) to be active and even coming into the main garden at least once.