Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Rain Stops Play

Well, what a week we have had. It started off blustery, then it turned to heavy rain which changed to thunder storms, and just as the weather started to improve again I was back in work! I haven't even been able to get down on an evening because of commitments I had. I thought I might get down yesterday evening but a letter was waiting when I got in from work inviting me to an 'Oscars' ceremony that my daughter's guide pack were holding. It was a hard decision but I couldn't very well leave my daughter without any support.

The brassicas which I mentioned in my earlier post have most definitely given up the will to live so I have cheated and bought in some plugs of cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprout. They look nice and healthy so are already way ahead of my own attempts. Lesson learnt, I will try to grow them a different way next year.

As you can see from the picture, my strawberries are all tucked up in their bed and are covered with netting to stop those pesky birds from eating the fruit. They are all in flower and some fruit is already forming. I don't know what sort of crop I can expect really as they were transplanted a bit late. I suppose this might have upset them a little.

My potatoes have at last started to show some foliage and seem to be romping away. They will need to be earthed up the next time I go to the allotment. I'm looking forward to those very first early potatoes covered in butter and mint. There's no better taste, well apart from home grown sweetcorn, home grown strawberries, home grown tomatoes. Well, I think you get the picture.

The schools break up for Spring Bank Holiday on Friday. Both myself and my hubby have also taken annual leave from work, in fact I finished yesterday as I only work Monday, Tuesday and every other Sunday, so we will all be off until the 1st of June. I'm praying for good weather as this will be the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time at the allotment and really get it licked into shape. We're all raring to go so the only thing to stop up will be the typical British weather!


  1. Brassicus are funny things most times they germinate and grow really well and other times nothing. My calabrese refuse to germinate, I'm going to try one more time before the start of June and if nothing then like you I will be buying a few plug plants.

  2. AnonymousMay 20, 2009

    My spuds (earlies) need earthing up - considering they citted only a few mm's they have really romped. Must be the rain....

  3. Not had any of that real rain down here in north London, more's the pity. I'm sure your Strawbs will be fine and was pleased to read in an earlier post that your Micro Toms have started to flower. I think I'll be harvesting my first early spuds this weekend. Can't wait!

    G x

  4. We have been having "typical British Weather" here in South Carolina too. Wet, Wet, Wet. The good news is that my Lavender plants are loving it! They had a slow start, but are much happier now.

  5. AnonymousMay 22, 2009

    I have everything crossed for some good weather. Anymore rain and I think my back garden might turn into a boggy mess!

  6. It's been a toss-up between the magpies and woodpigeons over my strawberries this week. I wish they'd finish them and not leave half eaten fruits over the bed - such a waste!

  7. My calabrese and broccoli are the only brassicas which have survived. It's the cabbage, brussels sprout and cauliflower which didn't make it.

    Yes, my spuds have also put on alot of growth in the rainy weather which we had. They have now been earthed up.

    My Micro Tom now has lots of little green fruit on it. I just need them to turn red now.

    Most plants do like some wet weather and they certainly show you that they appreciate it by putting on lots of lovely new growth.

    Thank you for visiting my blog, Intothegardenspace. We've had gorgeous weather here over the last two days so I'm hoping that this will continue now for a little while longer.

    Thank you for popping by, Scattered Gardener. I picked my first red strawberry today, but didn't get to taste it of course, that was my daughter's job!


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