Once again my hopes that the weather was returning to “normal” have been dashed. After a very short period of warmer sunnier weather at the end of April we have had the coldest wettest May since we have been here. My rain log below tells the sorry story:
The grass has greened up and the trees are grateful for a good soaking, but my potager is crying out for sunshine. Without the warmth, growth of the heat loving peppers, aubergines and tomatoes has almost come to a standstill
The other frustration this week is the realisation that my onions have been attacked by allium leaf miner. It has long been an issue in Europe, and I have had problems with leeks, but this is the first time my onion crop has been attacked. A small fly lays its eggs in the leaf and the larvae tunnel their way down the leaf damaging the leaves and causing damage and often soft rot in the bulb.
I do not like to use chemical insecticides in my garden, but there do seem to be some biological alternatives to coping with leaf miner which I will investigate for next year. The best method has been covering with anti-insect voile but that is not practical for such a large crop.
But all is not sadness and frustration in my garden 🙂 I’m picking fennel, broad beans and pak choi and delicious small beetroot. The row covers over my early brassicas came off this week and they’re looking good too
The stony bank at the one edge of the raised bed area has always been a bit of an eyesore as it is too rocky, dry and steep to plant grass. I planted rosemary on the one side of this bank 2 years ago and it has done fantastically, so I’m trying to plant a bank of thyme on the other side.