My garden is really coming into it's own at the moment despite the lack of water. All my washing machine water is going on the garden and I refuse to not water my food crops when needed. I have tried to reduce my reliance on pesticides etc and have been hoping that nature can do its thing. I planted a bug and butterfly mix by green harvest and have massive queen anne's lace, borage and another pretty flower that I have no clue about. I am seeing more beneficials - dragonflies, butterflies and lady bugs. I've also had to hold myself back and let my roses get taken over by aphids in the hope that the ladybug population will move in and do its magic. Here is a shot from about a week ago where literally every new shoot on my roses had a thick blanket of aphids. There was the occasional lady bug so I tried very hard and resisted spraying.
This next photo is from today! While I still have the occasional bit of new growth with a blanket of aphids - most stems look like this now. The lady bug babies are absolutely voracious in their appetite.
With the heat, the cucamelons have bounced right back and stopped sulking.
I've got mangoes and lychee flowers galore and LOOK! My first avocado - pinkerton.
My first bunch of carolina black grapes and my first angel donut peach (only one set this year so I'm going to look after it)
Blueberries are going absolutely nuts this year!
My new bean tower is in production. I still haven't pulled the other one down. Shhh!
Also, my tomatoes are still going strong.
Lastly, I just wanted to share the view from my hedge. We finally have an arch!
Well that's it from me folks, Happy gardening.
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