It's official - June in Northern Ireland has had double the amount of rainfall than normal for this time of year making it the wettest June since records (dating back to 1910). It's also been the second dullest June on record with very little sunshine recorded. Every year in Ireland I hear people say, 'this is the worst summer we've ever had.' But this year (so far) it's true! Hopefully we'll have more sunshine and less rain in July and August!
The weather has played havoc on some plants. I've had early bolters and of course the slugs are multiplying and feeding like crazy! I've killed three slugs the size of small fish and slug eggs have been found nestled into the sides of my potato grow bags (seriously!).
|Courgettes are yellowing. I blame it on the cold and rain.|
|Of course the slugs are having nightly feasts.|
|Above: Radish, planted from seed in March, never developed properly and is now bolting.|
Below: Spinach Bloomsdale, planted from seed in May, is now flowering as well.
|I wanted lots of turnip this year as I adore the flavour. Turnip, planted from seed in March, never developed properly and has bolted. I keep breaking the flowers off as I insist on turnips!|
|Turnip 'Purple Top Milan' sown from seed in May is looking healthy! I've got carrots and spinach growing there as well.|
|Bag grown potatoes are flowering.|
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