Let’s start with the good stuff – the broad beans are doing well – as are the mangetout
This year the peas and beans are in the middle of the giant fruit cage – it seems to be working.
I also have irrigation in my gutter garden. The strawberries are starting to flower. So I have a question – should I pick off the flowers this year in the hope that next year I will get a bumper crop, or should I not bother? any advice would be very gratefully received.
As I don’t have enough strawberries to fill all the gutters I have planted dill, rocket, lettuce, broad beans, dwarf peas and radishes in some of the gutters – it is a bit of an experiment.
However, all is not rosy in the garden. I have had a number of epic fails in the brassica department. First of all all the seeds I sowed for cabbage, cauliflower, brussels and broccoli started to grow well.
Then just at the point they should or would get their second leaves they all wilted and died. I water them regularly, I transplanted some of them, I have sufficient air going through the greenhouse – my new duck protectors are in place
But still they shrivel. So I bought some young brassica plants. I planted these out on the hugelkultur, they have irrigation, alpaca poo for nourishment and are covered with enviromesh to protect them from the cabbage white caterpillars. But wretched slugs have come and eaten them all twice. Any advice as to what I can do? I might put out some beer traps, but other than that I have no ideas.
The squash adn courgettes also seemed to be doing well as seedlings, but got slightly neglected and too leggy and now are struggling. Right now it all seems like an up-hill struggle.
But to end on a bit of a positive note we have lots of dill, that I grew from last year’s seed in the greenhouse
and the cold frame is full of herbs and lettuce
We have been mainly eating leeks as they had started to flower so it was time to pick them.
Oh, and rhubarb, I am eating a lot of rhubarb at the morning – whizzed up in smoothies for breakfast