Life on the Weald, June 2018
June is very much a month for harvesting with an opportunity to make some late sowings.
We have had several pickings of raspberries - the taste was excellent but because we have had one of the driest couple of months on record they were not as plump as last year....
|the first raspberries of 2018|
The raspberry canes are a bit choked by couch grass in some areas so may need digging up and replanting in the autumn.
The outdoor cucumbers which I bought from the Allotment Holders' sale were looking good at the beginning of the month but need some encouragement to actually climb up the netting which I have provided. The ones I grew from seed are just a couple of inches high.
|Cucumbers 11 June|
|Onions - Autumn sun|
|Red Onions - Electra|
I have managed to clear a raised bed to sow some dwarf French Beans which hopefully will be up next month.
|Raised bed ready for the French beans|
What we had hoped was a Globe Artichoke is regrettably a Cardoon. It's very decorative and no doubt will be stunning when the flowers open - but its not an artichoke! Its over 2m tall and has a spread of 2m so it is taking up a lot of room and no doubt depleting the soil of water and nutrients. So, sorry but it has to go.
I have planted them in what was an overgrown wilderness of couch grass, nettles and bindweed where the previous plot holder had grown cabbages and sprouts and obviously some Duke of York red potatoes which we keep unearthing!
|Courgette in flower|
|Our first peas - best eaten from the pod!|
|Early Rocket potatoes|
Earlier in the year I had planted a mixed collection of lettuces bought from the garden centre and we have lifted our first from the crop and it was very good - lollo rosso.
|Our first Lollo Rosso|
There is still no sign of rain in what has been the driest June on record and at the end of the month we're off to Spain! Bad timing.