Woohoo - strawberry and raspberry plants starting to form fruits. Could potentially be a good yield.
It was a really good decision to choose three different strawberry varieties to grow, given the Great Sheffield Hailstorm - we haven't lost nearly as much potential fruit as we might have done.
Salads are abundant, spuds growing well (but still a lot of rogue ones to dig out! ) courgette plants, dwarf and french beans are coming on, and the little polythene greenhouse is fabulous.
Onions are still a bit pathetic.
I have managed to kill the tomato and pepper seedlings because I missed the boat with potting on , but I'm less concerned about these than everything else - tomatoes are a pain in the arse anyway, and my sister-in-law's parents always have a good supply of spare pepper/chilli plants.
Now could someone lend me an air rifle for whichever cat it is that ignores all possible forms of deterrent and continues to use one part of my garden as a toilet?
What do you mean by courgette crisis, Happychap?
I love the smell of tomato plants as well. Better still is the smell of Blackcurrent plants. I think my fav flower is elderberry - I so love them. Also love honeysuckle.
Strawberry flower? I have baby strawberries already.
None of them germinated at all I've planted the last of the seeds this evening in the hope that some of them take.
On a positive note the strawberries are going crazy as are the runner and broad beans. The raspberries are also starting to fruit which is a bit bemusing as they are Joan J, an autumn variety. Also got currants and berries in abundance.
Strong winds blew our polythene greenhouse over at the weekend!
Luckily, much of the stuff is still okay, but some of the courgette plants are a bit bent, I had to compost the sorrel and pepper seedlings as I couldn't find them amidst all the spilt compost, and I had a job to salvage the CCA peashoots and cress, which I had to use there and then rather than letting them grow more to my liking.
Have now moved said greenhouse, and have had to punch holes in the polythene to thread string through in an attempt to attach it to the fence.
Gah I hate the weather conditions where I live !
Re: raspberries, Happychap - I have autumn ones too (Polka) but I forgot to prune down last year's canes when we re-planted them (parents were clearing a lot of theirs as they didn't have space, so we got a big donation ) and then we had that big blizzard and it was too late.
They're now fruiting as earlies, but also throwing up autumn canes left, right and centre, which should behave in the normal manner.
It's normal for autumns to have a second, earlier crop on the previous year's canes if you don't prune them to the ground after the first crop.
Ken Muir suggests you can actually work with autumn canes so you prune down some but not others to give a summer and autumn crop in the same year - you do compromise yield, however.
I'm hoping to get back into a normal cycle with them this autumn - Polka has a long summer-autumn fruiting season so I want to make the most of this in future.
Sorry to hear about the courgettes - there's still time to sow more, though.
Been there done that. Thought it was just cos I'd been given a cheap one.
Mine was quite a pricey, upmarket one, BM.
Oh well, guess it's just one of those things that happens.
As for cloches, polytunnels etc, I think in the future I will stick to homemade/makeshift 'constructions' rather than buying stuff. The ready-made polytunnel I got earlier this year was semi-destroyed in wind, although I managed to mend if after a fashion...
We get a lot of sun on our garden but also far too much wind.
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