So I got fed up waiting for rain to soften the ground and have planted out my courgettes and crown prince squash regardless.
The garlic has grown flower heads this year and I hear tell that the "scapes" are good to eat. So I have cut them off and will give them a go for my dinner tonight.
So far quite a lot of them, when I have dug them up have had baby leeks attached at the root. They are about the size that leeks should be at this time so I have detached them as carefully as I can and replanted them. Nothing lost if they don't survive.
Summary of the planting so far:
- shallots, almost ready to harvest
- peas, sprouting
- turnip, beetroot and florence fennel seeds sown yesterday
- sweet corn planted out
- runner and french climbing beans planted out
- broad bean tied in and supported although they are still small
- sweet peas and cleome planted out
- winter onions either going mouldy or maturing nicely
- strawberries looking plentiful but still green
- leeks and garlic as above mentioned
- brussells' sprouts growing well between the garlic.
- celeriac growing in among the leeks, I put them in the shade of the hedge because they like to be damp.
- asparagus finished, two plants didn't show this year, so far anyway.
- currant bushes looking well except for one side of the blackcurrants.
- apples and pears all have fruit but are needing water.
- potatoes are filling their boxes and bags up.