I don’t know where the time goes to these days, every time I try to sit down and write, something happens to stop me. The summer has not arrived in full swing yet, but the crops are still growing well, they would be a lot better if the rain was a little less and the temperature was a little more consistent.
The beans seem to be loving the cooler and wet weather but the cucumber, squash, courgettes would prefer it to be a bit warmer! On the hotter days I have noticed that the brassicas are drooping somewhat, but they soon pick up and continue growing.
As you are aware we are experiencing the ideal conditions for blight, in potatoes and tomatoes, as yet I have not seen any sign of it on my plot. This time last year I had cut all the tops off the potatoes because of blight, so perhaps I will get a better crop this year.
I have still to plant out the last of this years leeks and to sow some later swede and turnip seeds together with radish and spring onions to keep a steady supply for the rest of the summer. I am still sowing lettuce at three week intervals to be able to crop into the Autumn, before going into the tunnels for the winter crops.
The main tasks to keep me busy are watering the tunnels and crops that are fruiting and weeding to keep the crops growing well.
JOBS FOR THE WEEK
- Sow more swede, turnip, etc.
WORK DONE THIS WEEK
- plant out pumpkin on manure heap
- cultivate between crops
- Prepare next bed for sowing
- Cut out first signs of blight on potatoes
- Tidy climbing beans
CROPS PICKED THIS WEEK
- Spring Onions