Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Après le déluge

Harvesting the last leeks and the first garlic was made easier after the torrential rain of the last couple of days, which has given the soil a proper soak for the first time in weeks. Some of the garlic seems to have a bit of white rot, so it's inadvisable to grow it in that location again and it'll need drying out and using up quickly.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Spuds bounce back

The early potatoes have recovered from the cold shock of a couple of weeks ago and are putting on new growth.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cobra beats fox

There's something magestic, cobra-like, about verbascums, rising early before the foxgloves. Some years the spring's a bit wet for them, but they've enjoyed the recent dry weather.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Angel's wings

The angelica heads are reaching maturity and attracting a diverse range of winged insects. Harlequin ladybirds are common, if not dominant now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Some plants are almost impossible to eradicate, come back year after year and are a real pain. Others, like forget-me-nots, you can live with, for a bit.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Risky bet

Risked planting out some early cobra beans, which should really have collars or cloches on them to keep them warm and the lurking molluscs away.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

First Crunch

The radishes have germinated and matured quickly, giving a good peppery crunch to a salad. Unfortunately, a few of them have already been nibbled a little by something else.