The English Garden at the end of June: between escapes, successes and failures

Lucina’s English Garden at the end of June, here is the fourth chapter of Lucina’s culture diary. If you missed the previous episodes, you can find them at the end of the article.


Does excessive heat or cold get better?

Too June here in England It was an inclement month from a weather point of view, with very low temperatures (often no more than 11, 12 degrees) and a lot of rain . There were a few sunny but rare days. It wasn’t until the end of the month that the temperatures finally started to rise.

Suddenly the “big” hot It happened (but don’t flatter yourself! It peaks at 25-26 degrees here in the North of England!) and the English started complaining. The truth is that they are never happy with the weather: either it is too cold, or it is raining too much, or it is too windy, or it is too hot… How would they survive the temperatures in Italy? ? Impossible! Especially in this period of scorching heat throughout Europe, including Italy… Bah ! When they complain about the heat, they have no idea what it means. The word “disgusting” doesn’t even exist in your dictionary! It’s something I’ll never understand: his permanent dissatisfaction with the weather. At this point, a question arises: if you have to choose, which is better for an orchard: having too high or too low temperatures with too much rain?

A problem: the phenomenon of “bolting”

Turnip seed: RIP!

Absoutely in the garden are not good for fluctuating temperatures that there was in June, with sudden changes more than ten degrees sometimes. As a result, some vegetables, namely one of the two varieties of spinach I planted, turnip greens (only the ones I tried to save from keeping!), and red onions are planted .

In English this phenomenon is called locking “. El término means aquellos vegetales que florecen antes de tiempo o que, “sorprendidos” por algo, que puede ser la falta de agua, pero en mi caso, las inesperadas temperaturas frías, tratan de producir semillas para auto-reproducirse, pensando que el invierno he is coming. So they start making flowers, but it’s not good because the result is that the vegetable in question is kaput!

Green turnips should be picked and eaten when the flowers are still green and not yellow like in my case. Spinach, when sown, becomes bitter and the onions produce a kind of hard internal stem (that of the flower), which, in addition to being inedible, prevents the onion from remaining above the ground (all experts told me saying) .

So I reluctantly uprooted turnip greens and spinach plants sown and planted Russian kale (Russian kale) and purple broccoli ( broccoli with purple sprouts ) in its place. I have to tell you the truth that I regretted taking them down, after lovingly growing them from seed. But unfortunately, sometimes in the garden we have to be ruthless. You can’t let yourself go slowly! Or you end up with no vegetables to eat. It does not matter! But I left the red onions in the ground because they are not yet ready to be picked and not all of them have bloomed. So some were saved, you’ll see.

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