Of course after a weekend away there's the inevitable catch up needed back at home ... mostly in the polytunnel.
(This picture was taken from the back doors of the tunnel .... the opposite way to how I usually take photos of the tunnel.)
For the last few weeks the polytunnel has had it's doors open during the heat of the day to make the temperatures bearable for both plants and gardener, so although I wanted dry, sunny weather for our little jaunt down south, the grower in me had her fingers firmly crossed for cool overcast weather knowing that the doors would be shut and the temperature inside would rise.
I think I just about got away with it.
Although the small tomato plants in the hanging baskets were decidedly droopy they, and indeed everything else was quickly revived with a cooling drink of water.
I set to yesterday potting on all the seedlings that had grown large and strong in my absence. These trays have the Cosmos seedlings and the Sweet Peppers.
In the bed to the left of them I have four yellow marrows and a small run of beetroot seedlings. I totally forgot to sow any pumpkin seeds this year, so I am officially declaring 2017 the Year of the Marrow :-)
The three pots in the green tray have Cucumber plants in them ready for the next car boot sale, or for sale at the farm gate. I held them back in case my three planted cucumbers failed but mine are well established so someone else will be able to benefit from these.
On the workbench I have a few pots of mixed 'edible flowers', just potted up and looking pretty healthy. I could have put them into the beds but I think there is more chance of them being used in the kitchen if I have a pot or two at the back door. They'll brighten the patio up and be handy for picking to add to salads etc.
Also on the bench, still in their pots are the smaller Kale plants, they will be added to this years kale polytunnel bed tomorrow when my back has recovered from todays hard labour.
The salad leaves obviously had a good weekend!!
I gave everything a real over-watering before I left and they obviously enjoyed having their feet in water for a few days. These too will be planted into a polytunnel bed tomorrow.
In this photo are (clockwise from the left) Sweet Basil, Mizuna, Cos Lettuce and Rocket. Just in shot at the back is a tray of Broccoli rescued from the 'dead plant section' of Wyevale last week when I was there with my Mum. Well you can't say no to a tray of veggies for 50p can you?
I better get on with a few housey post holiday chores now before I nip up the road to cast my vote.