It’s been a busy week. The weather is getting much warmer and there is perhaps a high pressure area that will keep it that way for a little while. Will be nice for growing, but I’ll need to keep on top of the watering. The strawberries have continued to ripen. I’ve lost count of how many tubs I’ve brought home now. Today I saw the first red raspberry, so it won’t be long before I will be collecting those too.
I’ve been growing sweetcorn plants at home to replace the ones that never grew when I put the seeds directly in one of the raised beds. They’ve been on a windowsill that gets the afternoon sun. As it’s warming up now I’m going to plant them in the bed. I don’t really have the time to harden them off, and its very unlikely that there will be any cold nights now. I’ve planted them in a grid pattern. This is needed to aid pollination.
I’ve also brought some sunflower seedlings that my daughter was growing at home. I put them in the main bed next to the courgettes.I’m pleased to say that the courgettes are winning and the five remaining plants are looking healthy.
The first bed of peas are doing very well. The second bed are also growing nice, but the third raised bed isn’t looking that healthy. Some peas/mangetout are showing, but a lot of weeds are coming through again and the growth isn’t as strong as the other beds. It may be that the soil in this bed is in need of revitalising. I’ll see how this season goes, but I may enrich with some horse manure for next year.