|Nature in action|
|Don't squash them in|
|Spot the difference|
Another annoyance, although more mysterious, is that it looks like something has been through our autumn-planted red onions and shallots and flattened them all. I'm pretty sure it's not the wind, as nothing else has gone similarly horizontal. You can see where they're trying to grow back again, although some stems have been sheared through. Pigeons? A cat or fox? Or even some low-level anti-veg vandalism? No idea.
Cheerier news is that some of the things we actually want to go to seed are doing their thing. There's a shitload of flowers on the strawberry patch and some green fruit are beginning to form. We'll need to net them soon.
The tomato plants, although still very small, are also setting some mini-trusses.
We met our new allotment neighbour Eddie, who has taken over the (very) abandoned plot next door to us. This is cracking news, as we'll have a lot fewer weeds seeding all over our plot once he gets up and running.
We got the last of the current batch of climbing beans and squash plantlings in, weeded some more, put some more support around the broad beans and then weeded some more again. There was an amazing number of ladybirds about; some, like those at the top of this post, getting up to all sorts of shenanigans
Some weeds are worth leaving a bit alone. I don't know what these are, but they're a riot of colour now that they're in flower.
We headed home with the plot in very decent shape. The first properly homegrown meals of the season are just around the corner...