mid-June summary

Neglecting blogs & messageboards again.

One meagre mushroom was harvested last week, still no sign of a party of mushrooms though although we had a twosome at the start.

Strawberries are ripening, well just a couple of them. I still have the plants from last year's special offer with T&M (can't remember the variety) which this year I transplanted into a terracotta planter (herb style one I think). I bought some plants from Baytree Garden Centre just outside Spalding, choosing different varieties which I planted out in a strawberry planter (?) and filled the rest of the gaps with Ostara strawberries bought from Wilkos. Yesterday, I shared one red Eros strawberry with my son – wow, the flavour was awesome. There was another strawberry half-red, but I haven't checked it today.  

Currant bushes are laden, as are a couple of the gooseberry bushes (Whinham's Industry & Red Hinnomaki) but there are no berries on Pax (the plant took a bit of a beating with sawfly last year). Raspberries growing nicely (I had chopped them down to the ground after fruiting last year) – that's my son happy then!

I have in the back garden, the HSL varieties. I spied some pods on the surviving Prince of Prussia plants, which I have replaced their fallen comrades with a second sowing of the variety (I was a good girl last year saving seed). Hutterite Dwarf Bean, however, has fallen victim to those blasted molluscs. I should have been more pro-active. Some of Ernie's Big Eye has also taken an eating, but I have now put a jagged-cut section of bottle around the few remaining plants. These protection measures have been employed with sunflower seedlings (a late sowing to compensate for earlier mollusc destruction). Black Magic runner beans have overcome some damage and are winding their way up some canes. Keeping them company are Cherokee Trail of Tears, a climbing French Bean. On their own down the side of the house are Laxton's Exquisite peas.

Plot wise, Horsehead dwarf french beans look a bit pathetic. I didn't provide protection and think we had a touch of frost towards the end of last month.

Cabbage – one of the plants is looking cabbage-y already, balling up.

Some potatoes have flowers on – that means that there are potatoes. Should take the flowers off, but am not growing them as a maincrop this year (although bought plenty at Potato Day, just haven't got round to planting all of them, then weather turned, etc…. excuses, excuses)

Had to pull up Arno garlic – the leaves were mostly yellow and some leaves had even died off totally on the plants. Small bulbs, more like a small onion, but no sign of rot or anything else wrong.

Must get round to planting Czar runner beans down the plot soon. I hope to leave most of the beans for drying as a "butter bean" type. These were yummy last year.

Peppers on the living room windowsill are in flower, keeping company one flowering geranium started from seed in February – Hollywood Star. I gave my mother a geranium started at the same time – White Orbit and that is also out in flower. Many thanks to T&M for those as part of World's Top Six geraniums.

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