The thermometer in the greenhouse reads 40oC. It feels at least that outside too. It feels like Southern Spain.
The mad Spring rush in the garden has eased off. Most things are planted and well away. We even lifted our first garlic today – good fat cloves that are filling the greenhouse with their powerful pungency as they dry off on the staging.. They won’t take long to dry in this weather. Otherwise we’re weeding gently. It’s too hot to work in the polytunnel. Weeding and tying in the straggling beans – Czar, Borlotti and Dutch Brown for drying and Winter storing. Czar make the best butter beans ever! Weeding the onions – they don’t like competition. The Autumn-planted onions are ready to use and the Spring-planted are beginning to swell nicely. And, having mulched with comfrey last week, we’ll leave the potatoes to get on with it. After last year’s slug devastation, it’s good to see the plants growing as they should – earlies in flower and others in bud. We are already digging the earlies from the walled garden.
The experimental perennial vegetable plots are demonstrating the prolific and tenacious viability of dock seeds at the moment. The new bee-friendly cottage/truck garden is filling up – over-filling in places, but that’s the nature of new gardens. And the bees themselves are buzzing busily away in the background of the memorial garden which needs scything or mowing…
Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.
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