England is known for its seasons and the weather is a constant source of conversation. This year it is hot. Very hot. We haven’t had rain in this area of the country in weeks. My three 1000l waterbutts are empty and hubB has diverted the shower into a smaller butt which we use every evening for the polytunnel and pots.
For all that, the garden grows. It’s a bit hit and miss. Everything is struggling in the heat, it all seems behind to previous years but it carries on. One good shower of rain will probably see an explosion of growth, mostly in the weed departments!
The polytunnel is doing ok. Cucumbers have started cropping, the tomatoes are there but not ripe.
Gherkins, a new one for me this year, grow anywhere and everywhere it seems.
Peppers are starting to appear although the bushes are still tiny.
Fruit is a success so far. The whitecurrants are over and the red are prolific. I don’t like either but am saving some red to add to jam making for their pectin. Blueberries have done well in their new bed and blackcurrants are ripening fast.
The early sown sweetcorn is just starting to flower, the later one is a long way behind. I staggered them so that I didn’t get cross pollination and hope it will work.
Pumpkins look better than last year at this point but that’s because I’ve paid them a lot of attention and the hot weather has kept slugs away. Last year the slimy darlings ate every pumpkin as soon as they appeared.
Cougettes turn into marrows over night if you don’t eat them at every meal. I saw a recipe for a sort of courgette pattie to eat with poached eggs for breakfast but I’m not sure Miss C wouldn’t leave home at the thought. Courgette is not her favourite vegetable!
Onions are odd. Some of the autumn planted setts are huge while others look no different. The spring planted ones are similar with the red doing better than the white but only just.
Garlic did well and is lifted and drying. I’m down to my last bulb from last year so I can honestly say I’m self sufficient in garlic.
The bees from my solitary garden hive love borage but contrary to what I’d read, pay no attention to phycelia. They are everywhere and I realise how much I’ve missed having ‘ the girls’ in the garden. They will be with me for a while as I have some doubts as to their health and have no intention of taking them to the apiary until I’m sure they are not going to spread disease to my own bees.