I've done very little outdoors in the last week - the grass pollen has peaked and after thirty mintues I end up sneezing continuously, and while several of 'the drugs' work, I can't take them for long as they have side effects which are worse, so I tend to use them sparingly to take the edge off. This year's been the worst for some time, it's starting to feel like the mid 70's when I would literally sneeze continuously all day and quite dreaded the onset of warm weather. There's a reason why all my favourite swims face north and have trees behind them...
I've never had so much trouble growing plants in the conservatory as I've had this year. I've had to plant two lots of beans as the first lot only had a 25% sprouting rate, even corgettes are only coming in aorund 50%, I couldn't sprout a single tomato seed, and I can't get a sunflower to grow either. I've no idea what's going on, we've tried two diffent composts and even mixed them with sieved garden soil. Stuff just isn't coming up. Most odd. Normally we just plant it all at the right time and up it all comes.
That said, we've got enough beans to plant out, although a lot of water will be needed - we've emptied two barrels already and for the first time since we moved in, I've refilled them using the hose. It look as if it's going to be a long hot dry one.
Oh, and I mended my landing net handle. Might even need it.
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