I hope the butternut squash I planted out the other day will survive the complete change in the weather. Today has been 20 degrees C cooler than last week, so even though I hardened off the little plant shown above, it must be feeling quite vulnerable and exposed.
Still, if it makes it through the night, things should improve from tomorrow onwards. And at least the skies have given it a good watering!
According to my weather app, we’ll have had 4.5 cm of rain today. While it’s been cold and dismal, I can’t say I mind for myself. I will definitely sleep well. Especially as I didn’t let up on picking strawberries – and I finally got round to sowing parsley and coriander, now that the soil is soft enough.
The first round of coriander seed has largely not germinated. This could be because of the particularly dry weather. Alternatively, the coffee grounds I put on top of the soil may have inhibited growth. I learned on the MOOC about soil I did in May that they contain substances which make coffee nice to drink but which may prevent germination. So in the compost bin they will go from now on.