All the crops are happier for the rain and really so are we – no more carrying water and the endless task of watering the plants! We all had good bags of produce to take home this week.

The nasturtiums are looking particularly good! We have banks of them along the fence line from planting seeds in the piles of turf that were removed to open the beds. In the Second World War, Mr Middleton who presented a gardening programme on the BBC, advised growing nasturtiums as the ‘cheeriest’ of wartime flowers. He thought flowers should be grown amongst the vegetables to keep people happy – he even suggested planting nasturtium seeds in the gaps left in walls where iron railings had been taken away! I’m glad we are growing them too, they certainly are pretty.