Yesterday on the allotment I was relieved to see that all the courgettes and squash seedlings have survived my early planting and are taking off. The beans too are sitting pretty even though they haven’t put on much growth. Others on site said much the same but I imagine they will catch up and simply be a little late to crop. My autumn sown broad beans are producing delicious pods and are free of blackfly. Not so the spring sown rows, these are covered in a destructive black mess. On with the Marigolds and the diluted washing up liquid but I fear it may be too late, they look sickly. The lettuces are rocketing along and look lovely next to the rows of bright green and dark purple salad leaves planted near them. And the ruby chard is producing lovely bunches in two fat rows which provide pickings twice a week.