Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Written 6 juin:
The sudden appearance of a large hot object in the sky which has scarcely been seen for months (think the old 'uns used to call it "The Sun), has increased temperatures and made the garden flourish (as well as weeds and grass!). However the sudden heat is causing a lot of instability weather wise: I hope that there will not be any storms that might wreck the tenders that are coming on nicely now.

Still to plant and sow:
The 8 sweet peppers still on the windowsill!
A new row of beetroot
Climbing French beans and the runner beans (very late this year but I think thay catch up pretty quickly in the warm weather - I will try to space out the sowing this time and see if they will give into the autumn).
French marigolds that I grew from seed
Plant out the seedlings of romanesco, calabrese and summer chard that are waiting in the seedbed.
Must buy some brussel sprouts and leek plants, as my sowings were a disaster

Peas but sparsely and some are not germinating very well. Could be because of the unstable weather?
Broad beans (splendidly! and not even an aphid in sight yet!)
French beans just peeking through the ground
Perpetual spinach just germinated
carrots have actually germinated well!!! maybe they like it cooler?
Onions coming on well, all alliums in fact
Potatoes: earlies soon ready
the tomatoes and squash and cukes have taken root well and are growing. The tomatoes are looking good, must be Bordeaux sprayed this weekend.

Strawberries (delicious and abundant crop)
Spring onions (from sets! Finally cracked the best way to do it!)

Hope everyone else is doing as well!

Its great to read of your progress on the plot, its also interesting to compare the parallels between the UK and France's growing season.
Sharon and I regularly visit France and often spend time peering over fences at different allotments.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards

Mike & Sharon
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