Category Archives: Loughlinstown ramblings

Courgettes and tomatoes – what a time of year

Tomatoes are plentiful now, courgettes after a slow start are coming along nicely. It has been a very dry summer, the courgettes were not producing, watered and fed in the last two weeks and am being rewarded now -note to self – feed and water the courgettes in dry years!

Poor crop of damsons this year, tree was attacked by aphids in spring – need to spray this winter to prevent occurrence

Plums are plentyful, trees have gone biannual so have a glut this year.

Apples are nearly ready, some wind blown drops are edible, wont be long now!

The garden needs rain, grass is barely growing and a bit brown, saw a neighbour watering their grass yesterday.

Spring plantings and sunburn

Cool northerlies all day yesterday but mostly clear skies in the afternoon and evening. Got a nice dose of sunburn on my head after spending the afternoon in Cabinteely park with wife and delighted 1 year old. Great fun chasing the ducks around the pond was had. the sandpit in the childrens play area was a big hit too.

Planted out runner beans, mangetout, and dwarf french beans -“fire tongue”.

Courgette and and cucumber growing nicely in the greenhouse for the moment, too early to plant outside I think, planning on doing that in the last week or so of May.

 

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Spring has sprung!

After a record breaking March with seemingly never ending cold it seems Spring has finally arrived.
Temperatures today have reached 15.8C at the time of writing- the highest since I started recording the weather in October last year.

Oca

Oxalis Tuberosa

The greenhouse is filled to bursting with seed trays delayed from planting due to the recent inclement weather.

Planted Oca yesterday which is a new crop for me. They are frost sensitive so hopefully we have seen the last of the severe frosts until the Autumn now.