Once again I’m linking up with Lizzie of Strayed from the Table for The Garden Share Collective that aims to create a community of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window cills.
After a cold wet spring, July was (for the most part) a blaze of sunshine and after a couple of deluges of rain the vegetables seemed to shoot up almost overnight. There’s still too much bare soil in the garden which is partly due to not getting everything sown in the spring and partly because we’ve harvested some of the crops.
Over the past month we have sown these vegetables:
beetroot, carrots, sugar snap peas, lettuce, rocket, spinach beet and cabbages (Durham Early). A few squash plants have self germinated though I’m not sure they’ll come to anything.
The Runner beans and climbing French beans are climbing up the canes. So far I’ve only harvested beans from the bottom half, so I haven’t yet tested the theory that the beans will hang down outside the canes for easy picking.
This is the bed of beetroot and carrots successionally sown. Last month they looked like this.
We’ve finished picking these fruit and vegetables:
cherries – our best crop ever. It’s been a bumper year for English cherries and netting them so that the birds couldn’t eat them first was a good move.
gooseberries (green and red dessert) – some of which were very small
blackcurrants – very small fruit this year
pak choi – not going to grow this again as only finishing up old seed
rhubarb – enough for desserts, rhubarb bitters and rhubarb relish
In the middle of picking these fruit and vegetables:
loganberries – a blackberry and raspberry cross – eating them like this
carrots, beetroot, spinach beet, lettuce, rocket, rainbow chard, various herbs and new potatoes. I’m just about keeping on top of the courgettes but found one that had grown marrow sized that I used to make Lemon Marrow Marmalade (much, much better than it sounds).
Just starting to pick autumn fruiting raspberries and climbing beans.
Things to do
We discovered Asparagus Beetle has been chomping away at the asparagus, turning the fronds brown – you can see this in the rather poor photo above. We tried to eradicate the beetles by squashing them, but there were just too many so Bill sprayed them off, which really was a last resort, but heck I don’t want to share my asparagus with anyone, least of all some pesky beetle. The main infestation has cleared and now we’re keeping a close watch and squashing any beetles we see. When the foliage dies back we’ll cut it down and burn it with any other foliage on the ground nearby.
The tomatoes seem to have been on the cusp of turning red for ages. I appear to have planted all the Super Marmande and Ailsa Craig in the greenhouse and the cherry tomatoes in the garden whereas I’d planned to split them evenly between the two. This is the result of my erratic labelling. Next year (as every year) I vow to label properly and remember to move the labels when I transplant different varieties.
Our main task for the coming weeks is just to harvest everything and eat or preserve it. We have little more to sow for the rest of the year other than lettuce.
Why not join in and show us your garden?