Pottering around the veggie patch

With the start of June it is now a case of looking forward to some produce from the vegetable patch at last. On Monday I sowed some of the free trial lettuce seeds I had received with my seed order from D T Brown. It is a cos lettuce and is called Gelbus. I know it is late but I also sowed a few pepper seeds in pots to see if I have any better luck with germination now it is warmer.

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Tuesday and the first courgette is in flower. I also notice something has been digging in the peas growing in the gutters.

On Wednesday the first of the dwarf french beans has germinated and been destroyed. When I was taking Laddie out for his midnight walk I caught sight of the culprit a mouse! strawberries_mouse

 

By the weekend I find most of my strawberries detached from the plants in the pots now I reckon this must be down to this mouse. Down to the garden center and get a mouse trap I think is the order of the day. As much as I would like to get mad at this mouse it is a trap that catches them live so I can move it on into the countryside.

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Over the weekend I side-shooted the tomatoes and put a first tie to the canes. I  also gave them a feed.

 

Black fly has just started to appear on the broad beans so removed the tips.

 

 

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I also topped up the compost in the potatoes growing in the half barrels.

That will be the last top up of the all the potatoes in containers now I think.

 

 

 

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I also planted out the peas I had grown in the gutters as you can see from the series of pictures.

I had a bit of a job sliding them into place but all seem to be doing well in the end just hope the mouse does not find them before the trap.

 

 

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The rest of the weekend I did little odds and sods like washing the used plant pots ready for next year and putting the cloche cover away after a clean up although I will probably put new polythene on it for next season.

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