My garden has suffered greatly at the hands of the weather. But the seasonal pull of summer is starting to make its influence felt. We have had three nice days in a row and the boffins have put 6 more shiny sunny images on its 10 day forecast. I think in this instance I will chose to believe them! It seems reasonable enough – the kids go back to school on Monday!
I think the garlic has suffered the worst. The hail damage has weakened them and allowed rust to get in and tarnish the fine green leaves with a bright orange pox. I set about removing the most effected leaves and taking them far away and then I sprayed them with a Fungal Fighter that is safe for veggies. All the other alliums remain just bruised and battered from the hail and so far aren’t displaying any adverse effects. But I’m watching them!
The apples are in desperate need of urgent attention – before they burst into blossom. It may be too late, I’m not sure. Last year I put up the coddling moth traps and was so proud of myself for my proactive action, only to find we had coddling moths holes all through most of the apples. I checked the packet to see what could have gone wrong and sitting in it was a little silver foil sachet with the all-important pheromone in there! Duh! So this year I made sure I put the traps out with the pheromone in it and was even more pleased with myself than I was the previous year. Then the winds came and blew my traps away. Some other orchard, miles away now has fabulous protection from the dreaded moths. Mine however is at risk, especially as they now know where to find my precious apples! I need more pheromone – today before the buds burst open. Hopefully I’m not too late.
Actually to be honest, aside from prolific weed and grass growth the only other downside is slowed growth. The broad beans are flowering but there is no sign of beans yet. Same with the strawberries. I think we have a couple of weeks to go yet before the flowers transform to delicious, juicy red strawberries.
The seedlings in the greenhouse are coming on really well, although for a while there I didn’t think they would be big enough when the time came to plant them out, but with the warmer weather it would seem like they are growing before my very eyes. The space they took up as seeds is nothing compared to the space the flourishing seedlings are encroaching upon each day. I fear I am in danger of running out of room!
Spring is back on track and I can breathe a sigh of relief, pick up my spade and continue digging and weeding and getting everything ready for the impending safe from frost day!
Come again soon – I am really proud of all I have achieved lately.
Sarah the Gardener : o )