It's still windy and at times the chill factor makes working outside not so fun.
This weekend we have been weeding in the polytunnel and planted out the Uchiki Kuri (potimarron squash) and the Autumn Crown butternuts which we started indoors. We installed the frame for the cucumbers and have planted some "Shirley" tomatoes in growbags in the polytunnel. Next weekend I will plant out the aubergines, the peppers and the cucumbers.
Peter planted the Annabella potatoes and I planted the leeks which we got from the neighbour. Both are going in the vegetable garden extension.
The broad beans have germinated nicely and are off to a good start. The asparagus are still cropping nicely too.
No sign of the runner beans, french beans, carrots, beetroot or parsnips for the time being but the rucola germinated quickly and I've covered it with fine netting as the tiny leaves were already being nibbled.
The bees have worked hard on the gooseberries so I can probably cover those soon to protect them from the nibblers (deer - Peter saw a roe deer strolling through the clover field next to the polytunnel).
We went up to Rosendal to check the new watering system in the Saskatoon orchard. Not only are the new pipes working perfectly, but the bees have found a new place to drink. There were bees like this one, sipping water, along the whole length of the pipe! Tom says this is a beautiful example of a symbiotic relationship between technology and nature. I guess he's right.