What a difference a week makes . . .

I’ve been away from home for a week.  We saw glorious weather in South Wales – until Friday, when it rained all morning.  I hoped that it was raining back home too – at least on my vegetables!

I’m not sure what has been going on, but whatever it was, the vegetable garden appreciated it.

It was only a week ago that I scheduled my Monthly Round-up for May to appear.  Compare the images on that post to these and you’ll have to agree that everything has just exploded into growth.

Potatoes

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Just over a week ago, both of these were no more than a couple of shoots poking out of the compost.

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Tomatoes

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These have gone mad – I’ll be spending several minutes removing side shoots – and drinking in that lovely fresh smell of the foliage.

Lettuce

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I’ve already had two harvests from this.  There’s plenty more to help me with that post-holiday diet starting on Monday.

Beetroot

These are the seeds I bought.

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These are what have grown – the normal red ones, a yellow one (that looks like a pear) and a white one.

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Weird!  I wonder if some other variety has been packed into the wrong packet?

Dwarf Peas

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I have not one, not two, not three – but FOUR pods on my pea plants.  At this rate I’ll be eating the shoots instead.

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^ Last week – and they’ve had their second ‘tie’ to the canes.

I reckon they’ve grown another 15 inches or more – in seven days!  My brother, who gave them to me – is not happy as his are only 18 inches in total; these are around 32 inches now (estimating each horizontal brick is 4 inches and adding a bit for the mortar and the top bricks – because I’m too lazy to go out and measure them).

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Of course with so much positivity, there must be a downside – right?

Of course there is.  These are the plants I left in the greenhouse . . .

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. . . a sorry sight, fit only for the compost heap.  And I still can’t remember what is on the tubes in the bottom right-hand corner.  I’ve given them a drink but I don’t hold out much hope of resurrection.

Radishes are growing well too

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In other news . . .

The lavender in my front garden is flowering; the iris are already going over but the peonies are about to burst into life any second.

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