I took advantage of the dry weather today and spend most of the day in the garden, digging and weeding. It is half dug, the other half will be done next weekend, weather permitting. D was out in the garden too, he worked on the greenhouse, the patio area where the pergola once stood and he temporarily fixed the neighbours fence that had fallen on our side early in the year due to high winds, without him doing this I was unable to dig the weeds in the ground.
The purple sprouting broccoli that we have been enjoying the past few weeks has come to an end. I've dug half of them out of the ground, and left the other half as they were covered with the buzzing bees attracted to the yellow flowers. Whilst weeding, I re-discovered the strawberry plants, many had flowers, so I was keen to remove the weeds around them and allow them. I was however, a little disappointed that I did not come across as many worms as I did in the last two years, but I did come across a lot of butterfly cocoons. Rightly or wrongly, I left them in the ground - what would you advise?!
There is quite a lot growing in the garden, raspberry canes are flourishing, the rhubarb seems to be stretching it stems, the strawberry white flower petals blooming. The herbs like mint, thyme, rosemary and chives are thriving, but the only vegetable that I have harvested (weeded), is the last of my Swiss chard in many colours - silver, yellow, red and the traditional green. I am sharing this small harvest with Daphne's Dandelions who hosts Harvest Mondays.