I'm not going to rabbit on about the attrocious weather we have been having - only to say that I am grateful that it rained whilst we were on holiday - as I was worried that if we had a heatwave whilst we were away the veg garden would have suffered. As it is, all I have to contend with is the amount of weeds that have sprung up, but even that is not as bad as I thought it would be.
|Last years' Parsnip being kept for seed|
Allium flowers, Onions, Leeks and last years' leeks gone to seed. The onion patch is the weediest in the garden at the moment.
Peas, Runner Beans, Broad Beans and container Peas.
These have all thrived in the wet weather - the runner beans were attacked by slugs when I first planted them out, one or two plants took a big hit from them, but they are starting to fight back. I think the excess of rain has started to make the leaves turn a little yellow.
The brassicas are beginning to put on some growth and the pests don't seem to have bothered them too much - I did net them all before I went away as a precaution, but the slugs and snails seem to have left them alone in favour of the softer leaves of the spinach.
Progress on the parsnips, carrots, celery and beetroot is slow but sure - thankfully I still have full rows with no wind or rain damage.
The squashes and courgettes seem to have stopped growing - they definitely need some warmer weather to accelerate their growth. The spinach is surviving slug attacks, as you can see the leaves are a little holey - but I am not too worried yet as they are pretty hardy.
Surprisingly, as you can see from the picture my lettuce have survived relatively unscathed. I have it growing in the ground and in containers, far more than I can actually use, it has burgeoned during this wet spell and hardly any sign of slug damage. Hooray!
I will leave the rest of the crops for another post as this one is already rather lengthy - needless to say, progress is slow but gradually getting there.