The Winter Tares (vetch) sown as green manure in two beds on #145 has germinated, but in amongst the little plants there are thistles appearing, so these will have to be dug out by hand. Even the smallest piece of root left behind is able to grow into
a full sized plant, so although this is tedious, it does slowly reduce the thistle population: 18 months ago most of the plot was covered with them, but we are winning against them, one plant at a time.
In the polytunnel the aubergines are still setting
fruit, so we might have a few to harvest after all, and the chillies continue to flourish. Time to harvest most of them next week I think: I am hoping that I can find a matching set of six for "Any Other Vegetable" at the Show. Let's hope it is easier than
matching up carrots!
Abi has been busy resetting the stepping stones across our lawn this week, as over the years the level of the grass seems to have risen around them and they were sunken stones. Now they are only just below the level of the grass
...makes mowing easier... and are exposed enough to put your whole foot on, not have to walk on tiptoes. Lovely. My non-plot time has of course been largely spent in the kitchen.
Usually I end with photographs of flowers, but this week there are no
new ones to share. There are lots og gladioli, zinnias, calendula and others, but nothing different.
However, there was a visitor to our garden earlier this afternoon, basking in the sunshine. She may not be for everyone to get excited about I know,
but to wild-life enthusiasts, may well be of interest and at nearly 2cm long you must agree she is spectacular
This female Hoverfly is Volucella zonaria, a species that is a relative newcomer to the UK, mostly seen in southern
areas. It feeds on nectar, and is both beautiful and completely harmless.
Thank you for reading my blog again this week: I shall be back again next Monday as usual after a very busy weekend