Sweetcorn is such an amazing crop to grow. I sowed 33 seeds on Thursday and by yesterday morning 9 had germinated. This morning there were 26.

Those wizened little seeds are full of vigour and quickly get going on a warmish window-sill. Now there will be no stopping them. Next stop the conservatory, then the last remaining vegetable bed, which I haven’t prepared yet.

I noticed today that a pair of blackbirds have once again built a nest in the clematis by the kitchen window. This never strikes me as a good place as it’s a bit public and close to the ground, but I guess they know best.