What a year so far! Hot, cold, dry, wet and very difficult for gardening. Got lots of things started early only to lose them to frost. The tomatoes in the greenhouse today are barely bigger than they were at the end of April.
Having said all that, the new cold frame has been a success, giving me more space for plants and I have been able to grow more herbs and flowers as a result.
We had a period of warm weather in April/May which led to good blossom on the fruit trees and few losses to frost.
We managed to clear an overgrown corner to create a new manure heap, which will be very useful. More clearing to do yet, but a great deal of progress made before the incessant rain came. The area in front will be planted, currently it has nasturtiums for ground cover.
The ponds have a good population of frogs and newts, and these have been doing a good job of keeping pests down. Slug and snail damage is lower than it has been, especially given the recent heavy rain. So while small, the ponds are very effective for wildlife and for our allotment.
The temperatures are currently very low, and rainfall very high. I have therefore put the cucurbits and baby corn under cloches to keep them a bit warmer. The potatoes are loving it and developing well.
The autumn planted garlic is doing very well, as are the spring planted onions and shallots thought they have been bashed by the rain. Today the greenhouse reached the heights of 19 deg C, which is frankly ridiculous for the time of year!