Dry as sticks….

You would not believe the change in the weather. I seem to spend all my time watering the veggie plot(s) and polytunnels. Last rain was about two weeks ago and none forecast for the next 10 days. Coupled with temperatures in the high 20s to high 30s everything seems crispy, the grass crunches as you walk. I’m hoping I don’t lose too much to drought as there is no way I can water more than the edibles apart from a newly planted buddleia which is getting a drink, and the hanging baskets which are at least on a watering system.

House        IMG_0764

I think my veggie plot is in danger of turning into a flower plot if I’m not careful. It started with the red bergamot added in with the rhubarb, then a ‘bit’ of comfrey, then sweet rocket, borage (of course) and calendula. I also added some gladiola bulbs for cut flowers, tiny perennials and cuttings to grow on and of course a pyramid of sweet peas!

bergamot    glads    sweetpeas

I’ve now got two polytunnels, the veggie plot with the flowers, two long beds at the top of the garden and a patch in front of the big hut all growing veggie. I’m also growing fruit all over the place. The veggie plot is being given over more and more to salad and leafy veg as I can water it easily. There are about about six varieties of lettuce on the go at the moment along with a couple varieties of rocket. The basil (like most things) is really struggling with the heat. Kale on the other hand just grows! Eating lots and lots of salad.

dry veggieplot  bowllettuce

The polytunnels are romping away – they have put on even more growth since I took this picture as I gave them a drink of the very stinky comfrey juice the other day. I’m going to make a HUGE batch of this from all the bloomin comfrey romping about the garden. The first tunnel is filled with 15 tomato plants (too many I fear) and the now fruited strawberries. The second has chillies, sweet peppers, aubergines and cucumber in…I’m not very happy with the look of the ‘soil’ but everything seems to be growing away – that’s a big clump of honesty in the front – forgot that is also in the veggie plot!

toms      chilies

The squash bed is doing well and the ‘asparagus’ bed is now filled with spare (aka the weakest) squash, chillie and tomato plants. At the back of the squash bed I’ve planted giant sunflowers (Titan) which are now over seven foot high along with some dwarf sunflowers. Next to the squashes I’ve planted leeks which I’m hoping will take advantage of the shade on their roots offered by the squash leaves and the trench I dug and filled with manure. A bit of an experiment…

squashbed      leeks

These bed are about 22 metres long and I’m thinking of extending them to maybe 30 metres. Also thinking my ideal veggie plot is a single, metre and a half wide, 120 metre long strip.

Well June and July have been fruit months we pigged out on raspberries and strawberries with homemade muesli for almost six weeks. Last night we had a red gooseberry, rhubarb and blackcurrant crumble – scrummy. The freezer if full of rhubarb and black currants however the rasps and strawberries were all gobbled down as they became available. I note my greengage tree has a total of four fruit showing and the blueberry bushes look decidedly short of fruit…such is gardening….hmm no picture of the pond as the weeds are even bigger than they were in June – an autumnal task me thinks.

goose    rhubarb    Rasps

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Dry as sticks….

  1. It all looks good and tasty, despite the dry weather. You get to the point where nothing but a good dollop of rain will do, don’t you? Hope you have some soon. Great fruit harvest! We have two decent sized blueberry bushed in pots waiting to go into the ground, they’re fruiting pretty well but we’re having to pick a few berries to freeze every day otherwise the blackbirds are beating us to them. Personally, I’m a great fan of flowers in with the veggies, they look lovely. Your bergamot is beautiful!

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  2. I’ll gladly send you some of our rain! Watering must be the most tedious job in the garden. Luckily I don’t often have to do it, but we did have three weeks without rain in May. The bergamot does look lovely. I sowed some in the spring, but unfortunately only three of them germinated. I hope to plant them out in the new herb bed this autumn. Do you use them for tea? Interesting about your preference for long and thin veg beds. We’ve opted for two new 4m x 25m beds so that we can have 4m rows of lots of things. You can’t tell from your pictures that it’s bone dry. Everything looks nice and green.

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  3. Considering the heat you doing ok down on the plot, it’s strange some veg like it hot and other not. The tunnels look spot on and quite full, same as our tunnel and green house all full. Keith building one on his plot next year so I’ll have more space for me, so won’t have to cram everything in.

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