Some days it’s summer, others it’s winter. That’s Wellington for you. No watering required outside yet but plants will benefit from wind protection until they’re really established. Blackbirds are busy feeding themselves and their young so will scratch out any seedling they find in search of a worm or two. I’ve supported cucumbers and tomatoes with string tied to bamboo canes. You have to remove the bottomless pots first. Sow some more salad this weekend – six lettuces of a couple of varieties would be good. I’ve just started ‘Silvia‘, a lovely deep-red cos lettuce and the delicious ‘Perella Rougette Monpellier‘. Rocket is plentiful enough to make rocket pesto although you can easily substitute parsley, coriander or basil if you have them instead.
I’m spreading a second layer of seaweed around potatoes and a thin layer around any seedlings vulnerable to slugs and snails. I didn’t put it around my fennel seedlings and lost every one. Save some seaweed to make seaweed tea to use as a liquid fertiliser once a week on hungry crops.
I recklessly bought a couple of young Light Sussex roosters for my girls this week. The hens are singularly unimpressed with their new boyfriends, Mitt and Barack, and have given them a very hard time. You have to witness it to know the meaning of ‘hen-pecked’.
If you’re feeling competitive and creative and inspired by the World of Wearable art you could try your own version by entering ‘Bling my Bra’. Supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation and sponsored by, amongst others, The Kitchen Garden.
Dog-lovers may laugh and cry at the suggestions in Dog-friendly Gardening but I’m a sucker for lovely dog photos.