This week we had the first strawberry of the season ripen and Luke (Mr 5) decided it looked good enough to eat. His eyes lit up as he ran across to the strawberry patch to pick it. As always, he made a wish first. I was brought up being told by my grandparents to make a wish when you ate the first piece of fruit for the season so I've passed that little tradition down to Luke. It's definitely time to look into bird netting options for both the blueberries and strawberries.
Over the next couple of days I made the hard decision to pick most of the flowers off the strawberry plants. I've done this in the hope that the plants will continue to put their energy into growing more, before they start producing fruit. I've left a small handful of flowers and the beginnings of berries for Luke though.
I always find at the end of September/start of October there's not as much to blog about. The seeds are coming along nicely, the gardens are prepped for planting, and it all becomes a bit of a waiting game. Once things start to kick off then it's all go though!
Some more seed potatoes arrived via courier this week. I've got a couple of varieties in bags, but ordered some Rocket potatoes too. They're meant to do quite well in bags and only take 60-70 days. They'll be perfect for Christmas potatoes. I better get some mint growing in the garden shortly too.
The start of our bee and butterfly garden is going well so far. All the seedlings seemed to have survived. I'm going to try to finish this garden off over the weekend so I'll do a more indepth post about it then.
A lot of my seedlings are getting ready to be pricked out of their seed trays now. The sunflowers are rapidly growing and may need to begin being hardened off sooner, rather than later.
Tomorrow marks the last day of the school term. I'm looking forward to having a couple of weeks around home to get stuck into the garden. Starting from scratch is always time consuming. I know if I get the foundations laid down properly, everything else will start to flow shortly. Another few weeks and the garden will be humming.
I hope you have a good weekend; whether that looks like being productive in the garden or some quality time with family.