2012. Undoubtedly, the toughest growing year I've experienced on the plot and the long range weather forecast for July suggests the first three weeks of the new month will be just as tough.
More of the potatoes are succumbing to 'Black Leg'. I'm tempted to get the first earlies up now, but I might just hang on another week or two. I should have taken a picture of the whole potato bed so you could see how sparse the harvest will be, but all I took was a picture of one sad individual. He'll wilt and be dead within a week.
Since the last post I've also lost both cucumber plants. They took a battering in the strong winds we've had and, with the plot being quite exposed, the tender young plants simply couldn't hack it. I do have a few more I've been nursing at home, so I'll plant those out when they look a bit more robust.
In the meantime I've been picking more strawberries. We've already had a shedload to eat, a batch of jam has also been made and still they come...
It was also time for the garlic to come up. I have no idea what variety these are as an Australian friend who was returning home left me a few different ones to plant last year. These are the progeny of those that survived. I'll hang them up in the shed to dry out.
So it's not all doom and gloom. And the wild flower bed I have to attract pollinators is also providing some colour, to what has become a pretty lacklustre year.