A new crop coming

The garden and land around the house is rather demanding these days. When the sun shines there is lots to do before the next downpour. Yesterday we had a whirlwind passed through. It only lasted half and hour or so but it bent the trees over and was quite dramatic while it lasted with the swirling wind, then a brief quiet and then a torrential downpour and then it was all over and the sun came out again.

I have dug over some ground and planted tomatoes, leeks, courgettes and pumpkins. These have all done well in the past, though the unpredictability of the weather means that one can never be sure. When I got them back from the market I was unable to tell which of the little plants were courgette and which were pumpkin so it will be interesting to see what develops where.

And the strawberries are ripening. I think we should have a good crop judging by the number of flowers, though those I have tasted so far have not been quite so crisp as in previous years. This is probably also a function of the erratic weather this spring.

The white may flowers are now almost all gone and the may trees are decked with brown seed pods, while the elders are coming in to replace them. And, of course, the grass grows and grows. A few days sunshine and one gets most of it cut and then comes the rain and it grows about an inch a day and all your work is soon undone. Namo Amida Bu.

Happy gardening!

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