The end of May and the start of June are usually the busiest part of my gardening year. Yes, it’s ‘planting out’ time for loads of veggies, and I’m continuing to make sequential sowings of herbs, salad, peas and so on.
By the end of this week I’ll have planted out all of my remaining tomatoes, courgettes, summer squash and cucumbers, along with companion plants such as basil, marigolds and nasturtiums. Not to mention potting on of chillies and sweet peppers, many of which are already flowering and looking like their pots are cramping their style…
To bring a little more variety into the garden, I’ve also been doing a few plant swaps. I now have a baby okra plant, and a few other cute-looking seedlings to find sunny homes for. I also feel a bit guilty because I took some flowers from a community swap to give to a neighbour, only to find they’ve got rid of their window boxes. Perhaps I can re-gift them at another swap.
Most plants are growing nicely, and there are flowers on some of the raspberry and strawberry plants so I’m quietly hoping for some early-ish fruit. Don’t want to speak too soon, but my Losetto tomatoes that were planted last month might start ripening sooner rather than later, and the pumpkins and winter squash seem to have settled in nicely as well.
However, the bad weather of the previous month seems to have done for the cherries, and the spinach and most of the oriental greens have bolted, especially the yu choy (although that technically has edible flowers, if I remember rightly).
The French beans have been largely rubbish too, with only two germinating out of about 15. Not cool, beans. Same thing happened last year and these are old-ish seeds, so next year I’ll certainly be trying a different brand and variety, maybe switching to something like Cobra.
I’ll re-sow the rest of the greens and French beans in the next few days, and hope for the best. If the weather stays mild then they’ll probably catch up with the earlier sowings. Good thing I sowed them very sparingly, and have loads of seeds left. That’s edible gardening for you though – some things work, some things don’t, and sometimes there’s time to fix the mistakes before the season’s out.
How’s your kitchen garden or allotment going?