I've given up on my borlotti beans. Seeds sown in the tunnel early and transplanted outside are pathetic and I might as well dig them up. Seeds sown directly in the ground (unsoaked) on 30th May have done sweet nothing and seeds sown (soaked for 24 hours) in the tunnel 10 days ago have all rotted away. Why do we bother?
Lost 3 haricot vert plants today to the dreaded chafer grubs. I hate the bu**ers
Watching the Wimbledon coverage today, the TV commentators explained that parts of the courts will be bare by the end of next week, and will have to be brought back to perfect condition for the Olympics.
The plan is that groundsmen will reseed with fresh seed, and will be allowing just 21 days for the grass to germinate, and to grow into a perfect lawn.
One of the commentators seems to be a knowledgeable gardener, and also explained that this is the first year that the courts at Wimbledon have been seeded with a new mix of 100% rye grass, which apparently produces a better playing surface.
Here in the North West things are just as bad, sowed runner and french beans in cloches in may (about 200 seeds) believe me or not, not one has come up, have just sown 200 more in pots in the greenhouse - had to turn the heater on, midday greenhouse temperature 49F.
I grow in raised beds and have been harvesting Onions for a few weeks now - a little smaller but fine tasting. Garden Peas have done really well this year, Strawberry bushes have been productive if watery at times. Raspberry is really doing well and tastes great. My Pumkin is still in flower as is theButternut Squash - so a few weeks behind at most. I did not even bother with Sunflowers this year but next doors is 40cm high at most and is normally 9ft - but that is in the ground not in a raised bed. Apple trees have been really poor and little fruit remains, Cherry is green but no fruit.