We’re in the middle of a mini heatwave, and it’s glorious weather with barely a cloud in the sky. This has been wonderful for the whole garden so far, helping out both the crops and the ornamental flowers.
I’ve been making a big effort to keep the place tidy because there are spots around the garden where we might want to have breakfast, do some work in the shade, or have dinner and drinks in the evening. The other main thing to keep on top of is the watering – early morning dousings plus more targeted watering with a can in the evenings once the heat of the day has receded.
There have been some new insects flying and crawling around the place too. Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough with the camera, but I saw an Adonis Blue butterfly, a Red Admiral, a few baby ladybirds, and what might have been a rhododendron borer.
On the pest front, I’ve seen very few caterpillars and snails recently, but we do still have a few aphids here and there, and what looks like some spider mites. I’ll be dousing them with some garlic water and washing up liquid as soon as the sun’s less bright, so the plants don’t get damaged at the same time.
The other main thing I’ve been doing is tying plants in. A few of them have gone ‘the full triffid’, including the Losetto and Glacier tomatoes that I put in the ground. Their counterparts in pots are much less leafy, but they’re producing earlier and heavier crops of fruit, which is preferable especially if they can maintain that. I’ve also been taking side shoots off cordon tomatoes, and countless runners off the strawberry plants.
Sequential sowing continues, with new carrots, shelling peas, radish, spring onion, kale and turnips going straight into the ground. I’m also doing spring greens in modules, although it seems a bit strange thinking ahead to the winter right now. It’s the last chance to get extra crops of soft herbs and lettuces going, although it’s actually too hot to sow lettuce.
How’s your kitchen garden or allotment growing?