Herbs and flowers
The parakeets have been unusually subdued lately, perhaps a sign of quite how wet the weather has been for much of the summer so far.
However, it looks as though it will be another good year for the root and green vegetables and my new flower bed is brimming with plants that are now beginning to bloom. The herbs too are all looking very healthy.
Carrying out a crop rotation has been a little tricky as the pea and broad bean crops are not yet over to leave space, so I have planted swede and Florence fennel seedlings in-between the stems for now. A few tomato plants have self-seeded in a bed containing compost from the heap and I shall leave them to grow to see if they are more hardy and resistant to blight than those grown from packet seeds.
This summer I have had my first crop of red currants. They are a known favourite for birds and although I thought that I had managed to net all the fruit in time, I could see that quite a few of the ruby red berries were missing from the stems.
It is almost that time of year again for the allotment competition judging to take place and as I went about tidying the plot I began to lift some recently moved planks of wood, only to find that a small toad had semi-burrowed itself into the soil beneath. It looked a little disgruntled at having its new hiding place exposed, so I carefully replaced one of the pieces of wood.