Nowadays I leave many veggies to run right to flower and seed to help the bees. They just love these Purple Sprouting Broccoli flowers.
It is going to be a regular part of my growing plan now to leave a few of each batch to flower like this.
In a few weeks' time my Winter Leeks
will burst into wonderful purple flower spikes and give the bees another reason to visit my garden and to pollinate my other veggies when they come into flower.
Elsewhere in the greenhouse I have had awful germination problems this Spring. Only two out of fifteen sweet corn
germinated, and nearly all my curcurbits, squash, pumpkins and courgettes have also failed despite 3 or 4 different sowings. Hmmmm
Then isn't it hilarious that all the squash seeds in my kitchen compost are coming up all over my allotment like weeds!! .... now I've been having a think...
I'm pretty sure that I have not bought any squash or pumpkin from a supermarket at all. I am pretty sure in this case that all these volunteers must be from my Queensland Blue pumpkins
. In which case I am pleased. Nature knows best!
Finally from seed sown a few days ago, I have a couple of courgettes germinating. Left is Defender,
(my favourite) and right... looking a bit weedy... is Black Beauty
. They should do fine.