I thought I would give you an update how things were fairing out in the wild weather we have been having in Ireland recently – yesterday’s mad hailstorm was fun to be out in trying to rescue washing off the line !!
Firstly the lettuce and my fight against the slugs, slowly but surely I am winning but the best weapons against them are distraction where I use tempting leftovers and going slug hunting every night ( The neighbours must think I am batty when I am out with a torch each night !! Read about slug wars Here
The baby scallions are getting bigger – these are a purple bulb variety and they are small but growing well, better than the carrots next to them which still haven’t sprouted and I am wondering if it is the seeds I got that are the problem or my lack of skill ?
Early tomatoes are in the ground and staked and looking healthy. I pinched out the side shoot to get taller plants and prevent bushing. The watering system I put in place HERE seems to be working well and I have now mulched the bottom of them with straw to help keep the water at the roots. I will give them some organic feed soon, when the hail stops !
The Ruby Chard is doing well , slugs don’t seem to like it or Oregano for that matter, both are passed over. I haven’t grown chard before but I am trying it out this year and am happy so far.
I am so happy the strawberries are starting to set looks like another good crop this year if the weather picks up. June is the start of the season for my strawberries they may be a tad late into June this year, I have mulch under them to keep the strawberries off the soil and I check for “runners” every couple of days and remove them.
The Garlic and Chives are thriving – I seem to have the touch with bulb type growing ( not with carrots obviously !!) but these are going really well and I will have a decent crop. I also have two cucumber plants which are still indoors , later blooming cherry tomatoes to go outside, two courgettes and a pepper plant all of which I was very grateful were indoors when the hail struck, my decision to baby them a bit longer was a wise one.