In spite of buying super duper new net cloches the other day, I decided to start a new batch of cauliflowers off in the house as I don’t think they appreciate being raised in the ground. The nets look like they are the perfect size for one cauliflower plant, though, so it seems likely that I will be taking a trip back to the shop for more of them soon.
In the meantime, I have bought a mint plant and repotted that this afternoon. The thought of iced mint tea in this heat was too appealing when I discovered a new garden centre this morning. And I did have a ceramic pot going empty (the bronze fennel in it didn’t survive last summer).
Perhaps this evening, I will give transplanting some of the broccoli seedlings a go. I have no idea if transplanting them in the afternoon will make it less likely they survive, but I have a hunch it would be better to do it once the sun is off the garden and I can water the ground/seedlings more effectively (i.e. the sun won’t cause the water to evaporate before it does any good for the plants).
Another development which has already happened is that the mangetout are coming into flower. More and more flowers are also coming out on the broccoli but to my surprise, when I went out to get some of the leaves, in order to use as much of the plant as I can before I dig them up, there were yet more of the sprouts. I must get the sweetcorn in where the broccoli has been though in the next few days, otherwise I doubt they will come to much by autumn.
All in all, I feel I am straddling two seasons at the moment and will be glad when I can concentrate on the summer rather than be waiting for the spring to be over.