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Strange weather indeed, but at least it’s fairly warm so things are still growing. The lettuce plants are amazing, despite losing a few to a nocturnal visit from a small black feline, I’m picking enough for a decent salad every night.

The spindly tomato plants are now looking quite good, I don’t think any lasting damage was caused by my memory lapse. However, because I thought they might not survive, I planted some more seeds. Not nice heirloom ones but still, I wasn’t going to risk beng without tomatoes all summer and I happened to have a pack left over from last year. So as I say, I planted them………….they’ve germinated and I now have millions of tomato seedlings growing like crazy! Ok not quite millions but there’s too many to count. Looks like friends, neighbours and total strangers will be getting free tomato plants this year 😉

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Having been struck down by a particularly nasty, sneaky bug that has kept me off work for a week,  I haven’t done a lot in the garden. However, Here’s some pics to prove that things are growing despite the ridiculous mix of heat/cold/rain/hail/wind that we’ve experienced over the past month.

First the lettuce that I bought as a tray of living salad and decided to split up and plant in a few pots instead of keeping it on the kitchen windowsill.  As you can see it is thriving and has already provided several meals.  At the top of the pic is a box of curly lettuce that is also doing well, this was from a cheapo 28p packet of supermarket seed and there is a lot more planted in the summerhouse bed. I plan to harvest it before I need to plant the tomatoes.

Another 28p pack of lettuce is not doing quite so well. This lot are plain leaved rather than curly and they don’t seem keen on the weather despite being in the summerhouse bed. You can see them in this next pic behind the 3 Tigerella tomato plants that J bought from a plant sale. What makes the lettuce look worse is my inability to abandon any of them. I plant all the seedlings no matter how frail and pathetic they are.  I feel  I have to give them a chance lol.

Next we have the runner beans, planted out yesterday and standing up to the wind and rain quite well. J found another pod saved from last year, it was over 30cm long and had 5 beans in it. I planted them yesterday so not much chance of a runner bean shortage round here.

Finally we have the sugarsnap peas, also planted out yesterday.  As you can see they are romping away happily. Which reminds me that I haven’t planted the purple podded peas yet.  Maybe I’ll do it later today if I can stop coughing long enough 😉

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