It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the kitchen garden. All the sunshine, plus a few downpours of rain, has been getting everything growing like wildfire – most of my gardening time recently has been spent nipping out shoots, tying the plants in and adding extra supports.
And, of course, picking things to eat. The strawberries have been and gone, and they were delicious – hopefully we’ll get a bigger crop next year too. They’ve put out
a couple more runners too, so I might peg them down into pots and try to propagate them. I’ve also been gifted a baby alpine strawberry plant that I’ve just potted on, so that’s more to look forward to for the next season, fingers crossed.
There’s also been some more sequential sowing: different types of pak choi, chinese cabbage, kohl rabi, a few Lilya spring onions, coriander, some Little Gem lettuce and mixed lettuce. Plus I’ve re-sown my modules of purple sprouting broccoli. The first lot of PSB was mostly mown down by a snail, and I’m not sure if there’s enough time to get a new crop going but I thought it might be worth a try.
There have also been lots of pests, for some reason on the indoor windowsills rather than in the garden. I’ve had to take all my pepper and chilli plants outside and hose them down to get rid of all the greenfly and spider mites that were chomping on them. I’ve also treated the soil surface in the pots with organic washing up liquid solution, and left the plants outdoors for a couple of days while I scrub down any potential hiding places.
The ladybirds have come back to the garden, so maybe they’ll hoover up any of the greenfly surplus. They’ve certainly done a good job of getting rid of most of the blackfly. Nature seems to be finding its own balance, without the need for pesticides.
How’s your garden growing?