For forty days, t’will rain no more
Mind you, we do really need some rain, so let's hope it is not actually an accurate weather forecast!
Our plot inspection for part of the Reading in Bloom event is tomorrow, so most of this week we have been trying to tidy everything. Empty pots and trays seem to accumulate, and the thought of an inspection has spurred us on to finish jobs we started and then got sidetracked, so now all the paths are covered in woodchip, weedfree and unobstructed. The big apple tree that blew over in a gale recently is securely staked rather than being held up with guy ropes, the seating area is clean and tidy, the raggedy looking onion bed has all the onion leaves lying down pointing in the same direction, not all over the place in a tangle and all the fruit and vegetables growing are labelled properly
Here are some views around Plot 146 this afternoon. Glad that dahlias are starting to flower, and the verbena and buddleia are doing a great job in attracting insects as well as looking lovely. We counted up and have twelve different kinds of soft fruit, five top fruits, thirteen herbs, at least nine different edible flowers and twenty six types of vegetables (counting beetroot once for example, not three time for three different varieties, and not including crops like broad beans, mangetout etc which are finished, or any growing on Plot 145 or in the polytunnel, or those that are still in the packet like florence fennel or spinach) Never counted up like this before... no wonder we eat such a varied diet!