Sadly my courgette - which was doing so well - succumbed to all the rain and wet weather and rotted through at the stem nearest the soil. I don't know if I did the right thing, but I snipped off all the wilting and dead leaves, leaving only the very top and let it dry out
( the sun has been out for a good few days now!) So far the top part seems to be growing - but I have planted another one just in case...
Everything else is doing really well. I'm super excited about the loofah - it's growing like a weed up the trellis I put in for it. There are lots of flower buds appearing.
The Chillis are kicking into life. They're always terribly slow to get started but once they do, they thrive!
The sweetcorn is ready. And is so amazingly sweet and delicious. I planted 2 types. Which I'll need to check the names of - but one is a bright yellow one and the other is a paler one with different shades of yellow. I far prefer the totally yellow one. It's sweeter and has more flavour, I think.
Tomatoes - Finally we've managed to eat a tomato from the garden! Only the one, mind, but there are more almost ready. These are sun cherries and the vine is more than a foot long!
Potatoes, beans, herb garden, peas, gem squash are all doing their thing rather nicely.
For the last week we've had 2 of the most lovely ladies here as helpxers. Usually Lloyd 'gets' the helpexers to help him with chainsawing or anything really. I'm sure this is mostly down to the fact that I hate telling people what to do! However Jay and Marion are fabulous gardeners so I laid claim to them and to say they have been amazing is an understatement - the garden has almost never looked so neat and tidy - a HUGE feat as this garden is gigantic! They're leaving today and I'll most certainly miss them. I can't thank them enough for all their help.
Still my favourite place
With all this rain we've had we're still having to cut the grass twice a week - usually by this time in summer we're down to once a week or perhaps once every 10 days. It's bliss as it's an almost 4 hour job so it certainly eats into your time. However it's still growing very fast and very lush. Great for farmers, though, so mustn't grumble. (grumble grumble...)
Chookies are fab, donks are fab, alpacas are fab, dogs are fab, new cows are far from fab! For such quiet, calm wee things they sure know how to break through fences and into our neighbours farm. It's incredibly demoralising. We've spent, quite literally, hours repairing and checking fences. Everything looks good, the electric is up to strength, but still they manage. Even our neighbour ( who thankfully is a lovely guy) is bemused! Their escape antics are certainly one of the major factors in our, pretty much come to, decision of moving into keeping some alpacas rather than steer fattening.
Oh and I've been reading a really lovely new blog - cottonbluehome by the gorgeous Ingrid. If you have a sec go and have a look. It's so pretty and she's new to blogging so it would be lovely if you could say 'hi'!
Finally it feels like summer!