I planted the nine first early potatoes Red Duke of York on 23rd March and seven had appeared by 12th April but the last two didn’t appear until 23rd April, by which time I’d almost given up on them. Plenty of the other varieties are now appearing, and thankfully none of the foliage has been frosted this week despite a couple of rather chilly mornings. Today I dug up this large orphan potato from last year that I’d missed, which is surprising as I’d dug and forked over that area a couple of times.
I sowed a second lot of broad beans Karmayzn earlier in the week. As you can see the first ones have been nibbled by bean weevils, which does retard growth but they do soon recover thankfully. I’ll be sowing a third lot mid-May onwards just to see how ones that late fare.
So far I only appear to have lost a handful of onions of the hundred or so that I planted. As I always plant more than I need I haven’t replaced them. The leaves on most are now several inches high and as I allowed plenty of room between them I’m finding it easy to weed, either by hand or hoeing.
This morning I was pleased to see a robin keep appearing on the plot, at times little more than arm’s length away. Hopefully it will do that again when I have the camera to hand. This week I’ve seen crows, pigeons and starlings all drinking from one of the ponds.
I don’t often see bumble bees on the flowers so it was good to see this fuzzy fellow on a perennial cornflower.
Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!
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