Despite the erratic weather, things in the garden are moving on happily. A quick list (no photos this time, may try to add some tomorrow):
- Apples on the apple tree! Research suggests that as this is a 3-yr-old tree, I should thin the apples a little but don't need to remove them all. So am hoping for at least one apple from the tree this year.
- Tomatoes now planted out. Two in a polystyrene tub, two in the back of one of the raised beds, three in self-watering containers, and I will see which do best. My bet is on the SWCs. They're all up against a west-facing fence so should get plenty of sun.
- The broad beans have all come out now. A middling harvest; the ones in the raised beds did fine (although hard to get at the ones at the back for harvesting), but the ones in the polystyrene tubs did quite badly. I think they really need more space for their roots.
- Peas are growing away merrily and have just started to flower.
- Turnips also doing very well; thinned out last week and nibbled on a few of the thinnings raw.
- Rocket heading rapidly to seed, so very very peppery.
- Lettuces doing great and I really must eat more of them for my lunches!
- Nearly none of the beets or chard have come up. I am wondering if the seeds were past it? Will get new seeds to plant for chard to overwinter, anyway.
- Courgettes flowering but not yet any female flowers, only male ones. That quite often happens initially, so I'm happy to contain myself in patience.
I have a spare half-bed that I'm not sure what to do with; and a squash in a small pot that badly needs to go down to the allotment as there's no room for it to do well in the garden.