IT’S SUNNY! Proper sunny. Hot. Heatwave. Fantastic! At last, and everything is blooming at the allotment. June is one of our favourite months, the colour kicks in and the evenings are long and made for pottering about while the birds are singing. OK, enough of the romanticism.
We have only planted half the number of beans we usually do. There are some still in the freezer from last year ! We planted more borlotti beans and they are bushing up nicely. The bean tent still looks sparse though.
Today we released the sweetcorn, it was under house arrest beneath a large netted framework to protect it from the neighbourhood squirrel. He likes to sharpen his front teeth on the stalks and decimates them while he performs his dental work. It all looks good apart from one which has reached about half a foot and then just refused to grow. Maybe it will have a growth spurt now it’s free.
Most of the celery rotted, but we managed to save five bunches. We put them in the salad bed in deep holes. It’s right in front of the greenhouse and much easier to water. It’s doing well, just wish there was more of it!
The lettuce in the salad bed is Romaine. We only grew one variety this year, usually we grow Little Gems and some Cos, but only the Romaine seedlings did well. It’s next to the mixed variety baby beetroot. They’re coming up tomorrow. Poking up in between them are some pickling onions fighting for space.
We have a spare corner at the far end of the plot. It gets a fair amount of sun, although it can be shaded from the orchard for the early part of the day. It’s where we have been growing roses in large pots, so as a winter project we’ve decided to convert it into a small raised rose garden. We have even been looking at obelisks to grow a climber up! This is a rose we picked up last year just for the colour, unfortunately it’s not scented, but it looks great.
As the song goes, ‘Always wear sunscreen’. Happy Plotting!