Wednesday, July 18, 2018

21 Jun

We love lettuce

I am sure that this week is the national week of something, but here in our northern garden, I have officially declared it the week of the salad. My carefully planned succession planting has proved a bit out of scale to the quantities we consume. Friends now politely decline my offers of a lettuce head or two, having exhausted their salad ideas several weeks ago. Still, I mustn’t complain and the chickens, who receive the gone to seed lettuce heads are delighted.

We are all benefiting from a week or so of fairly consistent good weather. The dahlias I planted out two weeks ago are looking good and so far undiscovered by slugs. I have today acquired some canes to stake them to help them against the elements.
This week we had our first meal of mange tout from the tunnel – they taste as sweet and fresh as they look and show signs of lots more harvests to come.
My pots outside the back door are beginning to show some colour – although having gone for subtle blue and white, I am now yearning for some vermillion amongst it all – us gardeners are never quite happy!

I am off out now to stake up my tomatoes and cucumbers, although being a hot day, I know I won’t last long in the tunnel which soon gets cooking. Still, being the longest day today, I know I have plenty of time – one advantage of living this far north, and some compensation for our short and cold winter days, is the long hours of summer daylight and I intend to make the most of it!


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