Update July 2013

What a difference a month makes, you may have seen from my blog and tweets that we are starting to harvest produce at long last, more of that later.

The first part of the month was focused on weeding, trying to catch up with getting rid of the giant weeds that had grown whilst we were away was priority; thankfully they are now down to a manageable level, though the gardens are still not weed free. Everything seems to have recovered from the weeding process all apart from the carrots, the jury is still out on them (Fig 1 & 2).

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The ‘Italian Garden’ is going from strength to strength, peppers and aubergines are starting to flower, the zucchini are going crazy, really enjoying this hot weather and producing loads of produce, so much so I am giving zucchini away on an almost daily basis (Fig 3, 4, & 5). 

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The outdoor tomatoes which include Italian plum tomatoes are doing well also, they have almost caught up with greenhouse ones (Fig 6 & 7).

 

Little tip using the filing trays, I place one or two in the door of the greenhouse, they help with ventilation and also keep unwanted guests away such as cats and rabbits (Fig 8).

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The grape vine is doing well (Fig 9), it looks like I could try making some of my own wine this year, that would be novel, wine from my own grapes (Chateaux Allotment 2013)!!

 

Potatoes, remember I was late putting them in and used a bulb planter? I can see very little, or no difference whatsoever, so far, they seem to have caught up with everyone else’s, we are now eating new potatoes (Fig 10).
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I managed to get the sprouts planted and they are doing well under netting cloches at the moment, I have done this for two reasons, 1) to keep the pigeons and rabbits off and 2) to reduce the damage the sun can cause to young plants (Fig 11).

 

I have also managed to get the rest of my winter greens in this month (thankfully); some under mesh cloches, others using the plastic bottle style of protection. (Fig 12).

 

I managed to get my leek plants in during the middle of the month. I was late, because I was waiting for the glorious sun to stop, but it didn’t, so eventually I just had to set them extra deep (Fig 13); in our area, July has given us 20 days of constant sunshine, high temperatures and no rain, this changed on the 25th when we had some overnight rain, hurrah…

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The fruit bushes have done us proud this year – 9 pounds of gooseberries, 14 pounds of blackcurrants and 10 of redcurrants, all in the freezer ready for when we decide what to do with them (Fig 14 & 15).

 

Shallots are already up and dried and we are using them, lettuce, beetroot, and beans are now starting to crop, onions are ready to start drying, so life in the garden at the moment is good.

 

It’s a shame we are not having an allotment show this year, I think I would have stood a good chance in the unusual vegetable category (Fig 16).

 

Speak to you in August.

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