are what most gardeners have been suffering over the past few weeks. The unseasonal, and unsettled, weather has meant that vegetable seed germination has often been poor, or even non-existent, and growth slow at best.
The ground has been soggy, or waterlogged, making it ideal for slugs and snails which I normally don’t have a problem with. Plot neighbour Trevor kindly gave a courgette Nero di Milano which I planted out only to find that it had been reduced to this by the next day!
The tomatoes that I planted out a few weeks ago have hardly grown, and along with the rest that I planted out during the week aren’t looking too good. In contrast the two indoor potted ones are doing well, and are over a foot high.
On a happier note the blackberries, raspberries and strawberries look like providing a bumper crop. The grape has bunches of fruit forming, although at this stage they’re little more than pin-head size.
Most of the flowers have fared much better as you’ve seen in the last few posts. I was surprised to see that all the flowers on the oriental poppy had withstood the heavy rain and strong winds.
I was delighted to see some house sparrows flitting noisily around the site during the week, and one even made a fleeting visit to the plot when it momentarily perched on the runner bean canes.
On Wednesday morning I caught a glimpse of a fox on a nearby path then lost sight of it so waited to see if it would reappear. I’d almost given up when much to my surprise it came through my broad bean plants then stopped when it realised that I was there, turned and headed away from me.
Apart from early tomorrow morning the forecast for the next few days is for calmer, sunnier and warmer weather which will hopefully help to cheer us all up.