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Boy, that soil does look rock hard...thank goodness you had alternative areas to plant out your veg. Now that your transplants are in the ground, hopefully they perk up quickly. This would be great opportunity for one of your before and after shots in a few weeks.
I hope any afters shots are different to the before shots Margaret,
Ugh-I sympathize. I had soil like that when I lived in Illinois. Took YEARS to improve. Hope your plants recover!Have a wonderful weekend
The soil actually isn't at all bad when it is neither too wet nor too dry Sue.
Life is never dull in the garden! There is always some challenge waiting to be overcome. I'm glad you were able to plant out your leeks and brassicas. I hope you get your much needed rain.
We have had some rain since taking the first photo, Audrey so things have improved a bit.
I hope you get some rain. Here at least I can water the garden when nature doesn't provide.
We have done some watering, Daphne but we can't compete with a good rain.
Wish I had more of your problem Sue, here in the West at the foot of the Pennines the ground has never fully dried out from the winter rains and the water table remains high.
It's all or nothing, Rick
We have no rain for about three months. Some raised bed that haven't reloaded yet have a very hard like as concrete. I hope, you will lucky with your brassicas.
So do I Endah and I hope that you soon have some rain too.
That sweetcorn looks really healthy- albeit a little crowded (to put it mildly) I do find dense planting in blocks gives good results with many crops when they get full light round the perimeter and are not shaded by other crops.Seeing your rock hard soil makes me glad I am a no dig gardener!We are suffering from drought too here in York
We always plant it as close, Roger and it doesn't seem to mind.
love the cabbage white picture
Unlike the long tailed tits the butterflies stayed remarkably still but they were somewhat preoccupied
It's been a tough old year. Slugmageddon (lovely word!) and too much rain.
Not enough rain for us Jessica which makes the plague of slugs more puzzling and the fact that we had treated the original carrot bed with nematodes
The weather has been awful for the veggies this year....struth, your soil does look dry and baked, so glad you sorted everything in the end....most of my carrots were devoured too....like you I'm hoping the remainder put a spurt on!xxx
A strange year all round Dina
There does seem to have been an explosion of white butterflies recently. But as all my first few lots of brassicas were eaten by slugs when seedlings I don't have to worry too much at the moment (always looking for the silver lining!) The soil here is really dry too but gets a cap on rather than big chunks of earth. It does crack sometimes too. As the slugs have been so bad they hide under any mulch though, sigh! I saw a video (can't remember where) where the lady regularly sprinkled short grass clippings thinly over her beds to add organic matter - seems like a good idea as there's nowhere for the slugs to hide.
The ability to find the silver lining is is a good trait to have, Lou. :-)
It has indeed been a strange growing year, I've only just planted my leeks too. Glad you've had a bit more rain now, we are a bitter wetter here in Wales x
That that the leeks get a move on and grow quickly, Jo.
Lack of rain? Oh my, I assumed everyone was getting as much as us. We must have gotten your share too Sue :( We've lived here 12 years now and have never known such a cold wet summer as we have had this year. I've just been reading about the hot weather down south and saw pix of people on beaches sunbathing - it's cold here and currently piddling down - again!
It's been sunny here this weekend , Linda but warm rather than hot, I think that we have had the least rain of anywhere,
It's been one thing after another this year hasn't it Sue? I hope you at least manage some veg to harvest. It would be so cruel if it was the opposite.
We aren't doing too badly Angie
Once more your post didn't come up on my dashboard - I keep adding you to the list to no avail - mysterious! We have had a slug free year this year even though we have had quite a lot of rain - that's a mystery too.
We must have your slugs Elaine
Wow your soil is really hard and dry isn't it....it's a surprise you suffered from slugs-how strange. Thsi year has been just dull here, but we have had some rain, so I suppose we have been lucky then
Some areas are worse than others Lisa
My soil was like that the first summer I had a bit of an 'allotment' garden here at the flats. As I cleared the neck-high weeds, the ground underneath baked like concrete. My winter brassicas will go into the slot vacated by the broad beans - and this time, they'll be netted! I've been keeping an eye on those white butterflies, beautiful egg layers that they are.
There are loads of whites around this year Caro
Hi Sue,I'm glad I split the very clayey bottom section of my plot into "boarded beds" ( not raised beds!!) this year without losing too much growing area ,otherwise it would have been unworkable for most of the time like some of yours is. Already paying dividends especially where I've worked in some cheap soil conditioner (Aldi) which has helped with the germination of bean,salad and chard and got the transplanted leeks quickly on the move.I grew some of my spuds at home in pots of clean compost so that's also now available to recycle on the plot.Have got some insect eggs on the back of the brassicas.Small whitish areas with a yellowish bubble going through to the front of the leaves.All netted and doesn't seem to be from Cabbage White butterflies which lay larger yellow eggs.Might be from Whitefly?
Large whites lay clusters of yellow eggs David. Was the netting sold as butterfly netting as they can get through the other type and they will find any gaps?
It's been dry and cold. I compare my harvest to my dad's who lives in Poland. He has been picking cucumbers for weeks now while I had only four! And don't know whether I will have much more as the powdery mildew has been spreading.
We certainly haven't had a 'proper' summer Aga
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