Stormy weather…

In the middle of a storm with (hopefully) some rain.  The ground is rock hard which means Mr Mole must dig deeper to find those worms and hence the mole hills get larger and larger. We really could do with a good soaking but even as I type this it looks like it’s passing us by! It must be over three weeks since we’ve had any rain and the temperature some days has been in the 30s.

Well, we’ve scoffed all the strawberries and have now started on the rasps, below is the second half kilo we’ve had off the bushes (Aldi’s best!) I planted last year. The pak choi was picked for a stir fry we had at lunch time with our own fresh garlic.  The garlic bulbs are a bit small so we’re going to leave them in for a couple more weeks to see if they bulk up. Radishes are so easy to grow but I’m not that fond of them so I don’t think I’ll be planting them again.

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Think this will be the last post until after the open garden days on the 28th and 29th still lots to do outside the veggie plot.  That henny penny fence around the veggie plot is great but I’ll need to take it down to cut the grass then put the thing back up –  hmm… not really looking forward to that task.  Hopefully, next post might include a photo of a rhubarb crop – fingers cross crumble on the way.

 

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27 Days to go!

Time to get a move on.  The garden is open for charity on the 28th and 29th (gulp) of this month.  Well, the irises are now well past their best but a few late varieties are still putting on a show.  This orange one is tagged for moving though as it just does not work where it is.

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The veggie plot is going to have to get on with it now that I’ve finished planting. The tomato (19) chilies (6) and cucumber (4) plants are in with only the tomato plants left to stake.  I’ve planted two butternut and three gold nugget squashes the rest of my squash plants I’m going to plant around the garden some will go in the asparagus bed once I get round to edging and weeding that bed.

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Everything planted and weeded what a good feeling!  Most of the seeds I’ve sown have started to germinate but no sign of the parsnips yet just as well I planted poached egg plant along side so if no parsnips at least there will be some flowers.


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Tiny wee squashes in front of the Omlet sign and some seedling starting to show through. The comfrey I thought I had removed appears to be back!  That’s OK the bees love the stuff and it’s good for the old compost bins. I like to have a single row of flowers (or little shrubs) across the beds – so far I’ve got the comfrey FoC , a row of perennial geraniums from cuttings and to come from seed Zinnia, poached egg plant, nasturtium oh and some freesia.   Along with the veggie I’ve planted out basil seedlings and sown masses of coriander.  I’ve sown a single row of dill in with the cucumber as it’s supposed to help root growth.  The little wigwam I made from twigs and twine to support the runner beans.  Not sure if it’s up to the task but I like the look of it.

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I’ve got rasps and a grapevine on the wall next to our neighbour’s field – they seem to be doing well and take no looking after.  Last year I got about 6 bunches of grapes the first I’ve had off the plant.  Now if this little lot can just get on and grow I can tackle the rest of the garden.