What a wet June it has been!
Thank goodness the sun is meant to shine today and I am glad it did so on Friday – it was my brother’s 14th birthday!
It was fitting that we harvested our first carrots during his birthday week as he is our carrot and cucumber monster. We made burgers and chips to have with our salad on Friday and his classic dish – pasta, cheddar cheese, tuna and mayonnaise, pitta bread and salad last night. I made him his requested coffee walnut cake (nothing to do with garden produce, only the duck eggs I used are home produce, oh dear) and today I will be baking his second favourite, a marble cake as a surprise. It means a busy, wet week but I have managed to get something done in the garden:
- Weeded and fed one of the runner bean trenches (yup, we have three this year).
- Weeded and fed purple sprouting broccoli babies, perpetual spinach (which I picked for the first time and used it along with kale and komatsuna on top of a pizza earlier this week, see recipe: https://wordpress.com/posts/thekitchengardenblog.wordpress.com ), Chinese broccoli and Aztec broccoli.
- Cleared and mulched paths.
- Weeded and fed young cauliflowers.
- Ripped old cauliflower leaves infested with cabbage white caterpillars and tried to coax the poultry into eating the. They unfortunately have never cared for them but the ducks love brassica leaves so I think they might eat a few by mistake when they are on the actual cauliflower leaves…
- Netted my new cauliflowers.
- Weeded and fed turnip patch.
- Mum cleared away a trench of old forget-me-nots and moved some overcrowded raspberries there.
- Mum planted out more peas I had grown indoors.
- Mum gave the cucurbits a milk/aspirin anti-powdery mildew spray which they will really need in this weather.
- Mum netted more strawberries, a blueberry bush and a redcurrant.
- Mum potted on half the cucumbers into larger containers.
Continuing to pick strawberries, raspberries, salad leaves, radishes, beetroot, peas, broad beans, first carrots, first blackcurrants (just a couple darkening now). I’ve got a couple of courgettes almost ready and a cucumber on the way…