Fiddled about in the Kitchen Garden this morning as I was feeling a bit fragile. I gave everything a soaking as the ground is beginning to set like concrete, and I won't be here for two days as I'm off to Kent to visit my mother.
I was delighted to see that the broad beans are doing what they should and producing pods at last. Hopefully they should thicken up soon and we can have a feast.
But unfortunately they have blackfly already (picture 2) which I hosed off. I will have to take more permanent measures soon.
I am really pleased with my brassicas, actually only cabbages at the moment. They seem to have doubled in size since I planted them out 10 days ago. (I just looked back to the photo I took after planting and they have indeed doubled!)
I'm looking forward to cutting the Hispi cabbages (middle row) which will each provide enough for two hearty servings, and then make space for 3 broccoli plants for next spring.
In the tunnel I planted those two poor cucumbers that I thought I'd killed (see 18th March!) into self watering pots in the corner of the tunnel. They seem to be growing away at last. I've wrapped them a bit against any draughts. Also potted on a round courgette in the same way in the same corner. Might get some earlier than in the garden. They are by the back door of the tunnel so hopefully they will get germinated by some insects. When I grew them in the beds the year before last I didn't get much harvest and I put it down to poor pollination as the door to the tunnel was more often closed then at this time of year. This year they have been open all day.....!