Each week I wonder whether I’ll have anything new to report from the garden, or whether it will all just have grown a little bit more than last week, and then I go and take photos and really start to look and the more I look the more I pay attention and the more I can see. The garden is changing on a daily basis, never mind weekly.
And this week the big growth spurt has come in the form of the strawberries. Most of them have now dropped their blossoms and on the biggest I can just see the first blush start to appear. I’ve tried to remember to water them, and actually remembered on quite a few occasions too and they’re looking lovely and plump, and if it keeps raining like the forecast suggests then they should be perfect for ripening by H and my birthday in a couple of weeks. Time to get the netting out.
The blackcurrant shows no signs of flowers or fruit; I’m not sure whether it’s actually meant to fruit this year or not, given that we only planted it last summer. It’s leaflet said to prune back to eight stems in a crown but as I only have eight stems it’s not been touched. It is looking a little crowded though, and there are a few leaves that seem to wilt easily, even when the rest of it is fine so I’m going to go with my gut and thin it out a bit. Maybe that will help it contemplate flowering. I remember picking blackcurrants at home during the summer holidays so I think we’re OK for now, I just have to keep my inexpert eye on it!
Over with the onions and garlic everything is starting to wilt down, and the onions are pushing up out of the ground, though to what extent this natural ability has been ‘encouraged’ by (a) that wretched cat and (b) Pip ‘weeding’ it’s hard to say. I don’t think I’ve grown any whoppers this year either but it’s all a learning curve and next year the sets are going deeper and further apart. I am learning I promise!
My newly thinned parsnips are doing brilliantly. They’re the one bit of the garden that I’m not watering because I read somewhere that they should only be watered when strictly necessary to encourage them to grown nice deep roots. The seedlings looked a little wilty one time so they had a water then but since then, nothing, and they’re always looking perky. I’m going to need to do another thinning soon but I’m going to leave it another week in the hope of baby veg.
The purple beans don’t seem to be getting any worse so perhaps whatever attacked them has moved on to pastures new. They don’t seem to be growing hugely either so we’ll have to watch and wait.
And if they’re marking time, the peas are going backwards. I’m sure at one stage I had three good rows but somehow that seems to have dwindled down to about eight plants. I’m not sure whether it’s birds or just the attentions of the ever wretched cat but we shall love them, cherish them, and if necessary – do a replanting later in the season!
But in the same bed the carrots are up and in need of a first thinning, and the spinach carpet provided our first harvest for the year – spinach and avocado salad with pecorino – yum!