Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:26
Just been caught in a downpour , anxiously covering up my hearing aids as i ran for cover. Must make a mental note to take them out in wet weather like this when I am gardening but I do enjoy being serenaded by the birds. My parcel from Mr Fothergill had just arrived and it was such a magical parcel it propelled me out. "Berryquick" strawberry plants with strawberries already on which should give a crop within 30 days. I can imagine seeing those for sale in supermarkets soon like the salad leaves growing in their little trays and the pots of herbs ready to use fresh you can now buy. I put them in a raised bed and ran to see how my spring planted ones were doing and they too have lots of berries on though they have not had to journey by Royal Mail to get to their raised bed. This is a fascinating way to grow strawberries - the plants are frozen over winter. The other surprise was two pkts of Runner Beans to grow - both white flowered which I cheered at as the birds do not peck at the flowers and one with a measure of self pollination built in - handy if we get a very hot summer. Once again Mr. Fothergill has delighted all the participants in the Nation of Gardeners Trials.