Monday, 22 July 2013

22nd July KITCHEN GARDEN PROGRESS REPORT


JULY PROGRESS REPORT   HARVESTING
Broad Beans
Peas
Lettuce
Tayberry

DISASTERS
Gooseberry Bush is now a skeleton

BEST THINGS
Hubby helped me hunt for Slugs by torchlight for the first time
I Slug Hunt every evening now and usually find about 30
The Plot is full of beautiful white Butterflies
It is wonderful listening to the birds singing while I potter around
My French Beans have flowers on them .....yippee !


ALREADY THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR
 I will just plant anything anywhere I find space and worry less about trying to do it properly !


Monday, 15 July 2013

Lettuce spacing and reminder to self for next year


Conflicting advice is so confusing for beginners. My Husband bought these lettuces which have been sown less than an inch apart. I regret thinning out my lettuces now as it said to on the packet. These commercially grown ones are tightly packed and are perfect.
My Spicy Mix ones have gone to seed already. I need to read up more about the best variety to grow.
Any suggestions would be very welcome


Reminder to self.  Don't even think about growing Strawberries
I haven't grown Strawberries this year as rats ate them last year
 This is the other reason.  When they are reduced my husband buys 25 boxes of them and we can't fit them all in the Fridge !

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Hanky Panky in the Veg Patch today

I am so excited. It doesn't take much to get me excited. I must get out more !


We have had dozens of Stag Beetles in the Veg Patch.
Today I found a Male and Female healthy pair together.
I hope there has been a bit of Hanky Panky going on and we will see their offspring when they emerge in about 5 years time

Saturday, 6 July 2013

What should I do with my Fennel ?


I was so excited when 3 of my 16 Fennel seeds came up
( In the middle of photo )
I have just read that Fennel is not a good bed companion and can only be grown with Leeks
Because only 3 came up I sowed Beetroot next to it yesterday 
 It is in bed with Scizonera ( only 5 of 12 came up ) Endive and Spring Onions
I don't know what to do ?  Will it kill it if I try to transplant it ?
Advice needed please.....

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

JUNE REVIEW Has it been worth it ?


We have produced tons of compost


A lot is growing but VERY slowly.  The temperature is only 15 degrees c outside


I will keep our Mint in it's hanging basket as it looks happy


Hardly anything is happening in the drawer bed


The "Slugs Galore " bed is struggling


The only produce harvested so far is from our
Tayberry

So has it all been worth it ? 
 Positives. Exercise and fresh air and we have learned a lot
Negatives  Not finacially worth it so far
I hope Our Review at the end of July will be better
 Marion x