Cool wet summer and garden production

Our cool wet summer is continuing. Every morning we wake in the hope of seeing blue skies, but even if it is clear it soon clouds over and the showers start. The temperatures have not got above 20 degrees Celsius for weeks now and it is often only about 16. The vegetables are growing but only slowly. Only the cabbages are thriving – they don’t mind the wet and cool temperatures. Though we have had plenty slug damage and some caterpillar damage too. We’ve been suffering some wind damage too.

Outside the courgettes and beans and even the mange tout are really struggling and look pathetically small.  There are plenty tay berries but they are not getting sweet and some are going moldy.

Tay berries

Tay berries

The red currants did crop well and there was enough for the blackbirds and for us. I made some pots of jam – as I like to add red currant jam to my gravies (because I am too lazy to make red currant jelly!).

Red currants

Red currants

It’s the first year I have tried the brassica Romanesco – this is our first one and the other plants are looking healthy so fingers crossed.

Romanesco

Romanesco

There are fewer poppies than last year but they are still beautiful. The borage is proving popular with the bees.

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Cool wet summer and garden production

  1. Jane

    Never ceases to amaze me how the weather affects produce. My blackcurrants were eaten a while ago – they used to be OK – too big for smaller birds? But we have quite a few rooks/jackdaws(again – ?) and wood pigeons now, so it might be them. A few redcurrants have survived so perhaps a very small pudding is in order. Borage is definitely to be grown – so pretty as well, hadn’t realised. Beautiful pictures, as ever.

    Like

    Reply
    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Wouldn’t surprise me if it was the pigeons. Here the blackbirds love the red ones but don’t seem to bother the black ones

      Like

      Reply

Comments welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s