Cool, wet conditions are playing havoc with warm weather crops. The Italian plotholders plant their allotments with peppers, aubergines and cowpeas. These all look yellow and stunted. I
point out that good, sensible British cabbages, leeks, parsnips, peas
and potatoes thrive under these conditions, go well with roast dinners
and that it is folly to plant only things unsuited to the climate. The moaning continues unabated however.
Storms have wandered around the district for the last few days. The
back garden has been only lightly wetted, but the allotments wre well
soaked from a downpour packing seedbeds tight and flattening potato
foliage. Wet summers are very good for my sandy soil in
this dry district, where drought stress kicks in after a only a few,
hot, rainless days, but I might think quite differently if I had a
heavy clay soil, and had not made the stiff, wet soil into raised beds.