Doing well, but in need of weeding would be the verdict. In this country, give us a period of reasonably heavy rain and the weeds go mad, taking advantage of the fact that there is less weeding done in rainy than in dry conditions. I have had a few good sessions recently getting the weeds up. You need a range of tools. I have just acquired a slasher, which is something like a machete but with a different, flattened blade at the end. I have scythe as well, but the slasher is better when working in confined spaces, near the fruit trees and on the paths. the scythe, though, can cut down more weeds in one stroke than the slasher can, so each has its use.
I am puzzled, though, and I am not the only one. Last year my peas were a disaster, strange after many years of success. This year the early sowings of peas were good, but the later one is poor and they are only just beginning to peep from the ground. But other gardeners on our plot have had the same experience over the past two years. No one knows why. But last year sweetcorn gave only a moderate crop, but mine is looking reasonably good this year, and that's promising, as North West England is not ideal sweet corn territory. It is too cold and damp. Last year parsnips did better than carrots, yet this year the carrot crop is looking good, but the parsnips less so.
There seems to be no consistent pattern in these facts. But this may be due to the fact that the weather seems to be more variable than before. The Spring season has been drier than normal, though last year we had a dry and very cold Spring, certainly worse than this one. Yet we are having a June of below average temperature.
We are on the alert. Cool, damp conditions are ideal for fungal attack. Potatoes can be attacked by blight, and so we have to spray them with Bordeaux mixture. I grow second early potatoes, which are not as liable to blight as main crop potatoes are, but I am still taking precautions and spraying. Also I am going to spray the plums with sulfur, a necessary anti-fungal application. We get trouble with fungal growth on plums, as the fungus likes the damper climate of the West of Britain more than the drier East. This time it is goggles and a face mask when spraying.for last year i sprayed without and the irritant dust blew back into my face. That was no fun!