Wednesday, 28 July 2010

A mixed bag for July

This month started off with high temperatures and dry days, followed by some very unsettled weather, heavy rain and strong winds - we even gale force one day in the middle of the month. Now however we're back to more settled and dry conditions, though lately there has been a lot of fog and very high humidity (but no rain).

Most crops are growing well, bounding away with the warm and wet conditions. On the stall at the moment are:
  • Early and Salad Potatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Mixed salad leaves
  • Melons
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • French beans
One of the most enjoyable sights over the past three weeks or so has been linnets and goldfinches munching away on thistles and fat hen that have gone to seed. It's a classic dilemma of weeds versus wildlife - the weeds will give me a weed problem, but it's just not right to deny these birds a major source of food.

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