On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock.
These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn.
Set up in June
The main bed had some success with parsley, oregano, rosemary and spring onions growing strongly. Tomatoes all went to cr*** as the mites got in. Will get the scrap soon too. New red marigolds are looking gorgeous though. Brussels sprouts are doing ok but the butterflies decoy did not deter the cabbage moths :( On the plus side chicken are getting daily caterpillars.
This multigraft citrus is the biggest success this month. It was virtually dying. I thought I'd give it one last go at TLC. I dragged it to the street to get most sun, washed all the black soot, sprayed white oil and seasol at a week's interval, gave it a dose of horse manure and good potting mix, and finally, covered the base with the wet newspaper topped with sugar cane. The devil you know, it is growing stronger than ever and is covered in flowers. Now if I could remember what were the grafts...I guess I'll find out soon enough.
Started more growing in sneaky wicking bags and pots. The sugar snap peas was looking hopeful and gave a good yield, but now showing signs of distress. Possibly too much watering at the wrong time. Blueberry is looking very promising.
The flowers are probably my biggest success. I hope my native bees enjoy them. I can't really see the bees on them but I am enjoying them anyway. Rhubarb is growing decently well. Time to harvest the coffee tree covered in berries. Oh and apparently I am growing mini soccer balls too, aha.
The mulberry tree got a trim (2/3) shortly after Jeffrey Hodges' visit. T'is meant to be a dwarf and I was determined on not missing out on any berries. Was I rewarded! It is literally beaming with berries. What I miss or drop, the chicken happily gorge on.
Last but not least, I decided to invest in some perenials, strawberries, considering imminent travels and a taste of home with European style shallots. And leek are still growing. It has been at least 2 years. It will get harvested eventually I am sure.
Most of the beds will get a green manure crop this summer. That should get them ready for next autumn planting.
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