It’s been an exciting month in the garden! After three days of solid rain I ventured out to take photos for this post. It was as if the plants had been taking steroids! First up is the big, beefy caullie and the strong and hearty savoy cabbage…
Now for the tiniest… another teeny-tiny alchemilia mollis…..
and a weeny chilli growing from last year’s chilli plant.
It’s the week of the Pea it seems as my Sweet peas are flourishing as are the Greenfeast and the sugar snap peas….
The spice bed is filling up with some pretty needy spice plants. I’ve molly-coddled Anise, Anise Hyssop, Hyssop and Chamomile and they don’t look too thankful for the extra love. I’m hoping they’ll love being outside in the sunshine! The Caraway, Cinnamon Basil and Lemon Grass are thriving.
I always get really excited when I see the first courgette flower. I really, really resent paying for courgettes in the vege shop because they are so easy to grow and so prolific! Not too long before I’m adding courgette to every meal! Every year I also say I’m going to cook with the flowers….I Never Do. It seems I’m a creature of habits so perhaps this year I’ll surprise myself.
Starting to snake their way through the courgettes and the butternut squash are the Nasturtians ‘Peach Melba’…
The Pimms Bed is looking good with flowers on the mini cucumbers and the spinach strawberry looking strong. Those mini cucumbers will be perfect for the Figlet’s lunchboxes too. Looking forward to the day when the Figlets can pop into the garden before school to pick some goodies for their lunchbox. Happy Days!
The beetroot is looking great and so are the red bunching onions…
I’ve been a bit random with the tomato planting this year because I ran out of space. I heard Mr Fig mutter that I’d planted them too close AGAIN. These backseat gardeners think they know it all don’t they!! The other task that evokes dark mutterings from Mr Fig is “pinching out” the laterals on the tomatoes. Now I admit that I have been known to use secateurs to “pinch out” the giant laterals from my toms but they still seem to produce lots of fruit so it all works out in the end.
Oops! Spotted One!
I’ve harvested 280g of tomatoes so far! I’ve decided this year to record the yields of everything I harvest. Is that a bit trainspotter-ish? Should I be sporting a blue anorak and a thermos flask? Maybe, but I’ll be recording them on my new Facebook page and on here so I’ll see if I get any comments.
I’m thrilled with my sunflowers! It was Touch and Go for a while there as it seems to be with many things that I grow. I gave them some fertiliser and they perked up and grew tall and strong. They’ve got a lot more growing to do but I can’t wait to see their bright, sunny faces amongst my veges.
The garlic is ready to harvest although theoretically they say to harvest on the longest day. It’ll free up a whole bed (apart form a couple of random tomatoes and some basil). Might get some Telegraph Cucumbers growing up a wigwam in there. They’ll look great with the sunflowers behind them.
The first plum tree is ripening and the Nashi Pears are well under way so all looking good.
I have one bed that has been neglected so that is my To Do for this month. It’s the Cup of Tea bed. Now, when I planned it way back in the depths of Winter I forgot that it contained Horse Radish. You Can’t Make Tea From Horse Radish. However, I’m Going With It and will be re-organising this bed for next time.
I’ll also be planting more herb seeds like parsley, basil, dill, thyme so I can make up some pots to take round to friends as gifts over the Christmas Season. Such a simple idea but always well received. Happy Gardening!