Sunday 19 June 2016

Good weather for radishes


Another month has passed I see. Oh well.

The weather hasn't been all that good, a little bit hot, but humid and stormy. A little bit cool, windy and overcast. There's been quite a lot of rain. So it's a true curate's egg and the nasty bits have overshadowed the enjoyable considerably.

But from all conflict some good may come and for a change there are radishes. These easiest of vegetables, given to children for their first crop, have always been a bit of a struggle for me. Not so this year. Even with the inevitable attacks of flea beetle the rows are bulging with roots, standard red ones and some Long White too. A miracle.

golden wonder flowers

We dug the first early potatoes a couple of weeks ago. Premier they were and lived up to the name having been in the ground for about 11 weeks and tasting really rather good. The flowers above are on the Golden Wonder. Pretty aren't they and nicely scented. The Ambo are also flowering already. So far we've had only a couple of Smith period days and with the current cool conditions I'm holding back on spraying for blight. Hoping this won't be a terrible mistake because the potato patch is looking good this year.

first pea

The first pea pod has set on the Raisin Capucijners which is nice to see. The Salmon flowered are just started to form their crown of flowers. I'd always thought these would be interesting to grow but now I have some, meh. We'll see, perhaps they will win me over.

Salmon flowered pea

asparagus beetle

The Asparagus beetle is back in adundance. This is probably my own fault, bad cultural practice and all that but it does look like asparagus is going the way of broad beans in this garden. Plants I'm unable to grow without special measures are going to be left behind, no matter how sad it is. It's been suggested diatomaceous earth might help with my problems with the broad beans but I've been reluctant to apply this to flowers where bees work. Perhaps on asparagus it could be utilised as a beetle deterrent, more research needed.


We had such an abundant crop from the green/purple tomatilloes last year that I've only done six plants this time. It was a great shame that the last two seedlings of Dr.Wyche's yellow variety which I had from Realseeds several years ago were eaten by slugs before I could prick them out. I was hoping to compare the two varieties for yield and flavour this year. Realseeds don't seem to have this variety any longer although it's still available on the American heirloom seed sites.

So much more to say but my blogging mojo is low. There's stuff about maize and other cereal crops, ocas to catch up on, disasters with deer and fruit trees, cucurbits and more but it'll have to wait for another day when the motivation is strong.


Z said...

It was too dry in Norfolk for my radishes, it was the first time I've ever had a failure of an early crop. Even the first ones were woody. Then I went away for ten days and they all bolted. I pick off asparagus beetle larvae and the adults too, if I've missed any caterpillars - you have to hold your cupped hand under the asparagus because they fall off upside-down and you can't see them. After I finished cutting, they're the only pest I've ever sprayed against, first time I had an infestation. Rigorous care has kept them under control since.

Catofstripes said...

Strange weather this year. I know gardeners always say that but it really does seem to have some truth in it. I was shaking the beetles off into a bucket of water. Seemed to help but a couple of attempts didn't solve the problem and then I gave up, because I'm a bit useless like that. Anything that requires attention to cleanliness is hard for me. Be warned if you ever come for tea ;-)

Anonymous said...

So glad you're still posting. Following you for a couple of years now, from a similar (perhaps) situation in damp Brittany. How are the butterflies with you this year? I think the cold, and now the wet, is messing them up here..... Although we had 3 swallowtails on the same day in the garden when we had that last bit of sun (feels like an age ago) They were laying eggs on fennel.

Catofstripes said...

hi, butterflies are scarce to be honest. We have seen one or two of each expected sort but nothing in abundance. A few Painted Ladies at the start of the month, sooty Coppers and one or two blues. If we have a sunny day I'll go out with the camera and see what can be seen. No Swallowtails that I've spotted but I've left some carrots to go to seed as the caterpillars like them.