The early part of last week was overcast with rain at times, but it was better from Thursday and I’ve spent the past three mornings happily plotting.
The Charlotte second early potato foliage has died right back so I’ve started lifting some. These are from two plants and were lifted by hand so I’ve no doubt that there’ll be more when I carefully fork the area over later on. They’ve come out of the ground clean and unmarked, and taste every bit as good as they look.
Regular readers will know that I never have much luck with carrots but this year I’ve actually managed to grow some. These are the variety Caracas which I sowed between two rows of onions to help avoid carrot fly. They looked, and tasted, good but I would have liked them to have been a bit bigger as they were only the size of of my thumb tip!
I’m please to see that the Mini Munch cucumber has fruit on it. The biggest is about three to four inches long and an inch diameter so needs to be left to get a bit bigger before picking. I’m growing this in a pot, with the stems tied to a cane.
I also have a Marketmore cucumber out on the plot which is growing well and has plenty of flowers.
The flowering teasel heads have been buzzing with bees
The Big Butterfly Count 2015 started on Friday and continues through to Sunday, 9th August. All you need do is spend fifteen minutes in your garden or local green space counting butterflies you see then submitting the results. Do please take part if you can.
I saw this Gatekeeper last Thursday when I was chatting to Trevor on his plot.
Happy gardening, and have a good week!
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