Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Why is it so hard....


After waiting months I am finding it very hard to pick our one and only lonely Courgette.  I can't see any female flowers on the plants so this might be the only one


It's the same with the French Beans.  It has been a struggle growing them with so many Slugs. I have put off picking them for weeks. I now have enough for one meal at last so I picked them today. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

August is ending in the Vegetable Patch

It was lovely to find a Frog or Toad among our Swedes today.  I won't be using any Organic Slug Pellets again.  I love seeing Wildlife in the garden


 The weather is still warm so I have sown more CARROTS, RADISHES and LETTUCE.  I dropped an open packet of radish seed on the Greenhouse floor....whoops !


Natalie's AUBERGINES are growing well


My second sowing of FRENCH BEAN Speedy are just about ready for harvesting.  The ones growing in tubs are better than the ones growing in the ground


Oh dear this Blog is getting boring.  I will remember what not to grow next year now and I am learning a lot so it has been worthwhile......maybe

Monday, 12 August 2013

Grasshoppers galore and mid August Review


Our Tayberry is covered in Grasshoppers which are bigger than any I have ever seen.  I hope he is eating a bug or two ?

KITCHEN GARDEN MID AUGUST


COURGETTE Ambassador looks happy 
 SQUASH  Hunter is coming on slowly


BED ONE 
Bolted RADISH Jolly now removed
DWARF FRENCH BEAN  Speedy have beans on but are being ravaged by Slugs
SPRING ONIONS are ok
CHIVES ARE ok but not flowering
FENNEL Fino was ok now Slugs have eaten leaves so bald stems
LETTUCES have been ok


BED TWO  /  DISASTER BED
CARROTS no good at all
SPRING ONIONS ok
KOHL RABI struggling
SWEDE RUBY  struggling
CHARD and SPINACH  nearly all eaten by Slugs
ARTICHOKE  is very happy


BEDS THREE AND FOUR
My Daughter's 2 ONION BEDS have survived
5 of SWEDE Marian growing between the ONIONS are nibbled but are hanging on


BED FIVE
My Daughter's BEANS and PEAS are coming to an end.  She has put a lot in the Freezer


BED SIX / DRAWER BED
RHUBARB is ok
ENDIVE no Slug damage so far
SPRING ONIONS ok
BEETROOT  slow but surviving
FENNEL x 2  are slow but ok

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Beginning of August


Cheeky Snail in broad daylight !  We did  have a  tray of Lettuces for a few weeks until he found them


Radishes are said to be so easy to grow ?  Ours have gone to seed.
Should I pull them all up ?


Dwarf French Beans are just about ok 


Drawer Bed. The Fennel I replanted in a pot looks happier than the ones in the bed.


Now named the Disaster Bed because everything has been struggling to survive in it. The Artichokes behind it look happy and the one which appeared in the bed is thriving too