Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:34
My hundred or so tomato plants in eight varieties have all been given a half strength feed this morning, tied in to their stakes, side-shoots removed and flowerng trusses tapped to help pollination though the bees are buzzing round them in the sunshine. Three of my pots of sweet peas have been carried into the front garden and I could sniff their perfume as i carried them, even though only a few flowers are open. I took some broad beans nextdoor and admired my neighbour's pelargoniums which are huge and covered in flowers, having been left in the ground all last winter. I must find a few sheltered spots for some of mine this year as the conservatory will not hold them all. My cucumelons seem to be growing bigger now but not yet oea size! I have pinched out the tops so that may help double their bulk. !8 degrees and dry forecast for today so lots of jobs could be tackled. My weigela bushes are shrinking fast now I have taken the secateurs up to them. This week should see the front garden planted up. more sweet pea pots taken out there and the rest of the grapevines pruned. Terrific grape crop again this year. Strawberries all picked for now but still have "Buddy" which goes on fruiting till October.