I’ve been keeping on top of the watering, the thinning out and the weeding, and have earthed the odd thing or two up as well, including the Jerusalem artichokes. The other bit of general garden maintenance has been looking for pests, and suddenly we have greenfly, blackfly and two different types of caterpillars to contend with. I’ve squished a lot of the aphids, but will probably slosh some dilute washing up liquid and garlic spray onto my plants to make sure, as they often congregate around flowers and growing tips that I don’t want to crush.
The main garden tasks I’ve been getting up to have not been directly plant-related. The outside space is for laundry-drying, relaxing, reading, eating etc, as well as growing veggies and fruit, so there’s been some work done to make that nicer. That includes cleaning and double-oiling the deck, getting garden furniture out of storage and doing some running repairs, planting up hanging baskets with flowers (okay, they are edible too), and potting up a few violas and geraniums.
I’ve also taken a wooden crate and a pallet that I was given from a skip – I asked nicely first – and used these to group most of my containers of edible plants together. It looks nicer, elevates the plants that need more sun, and makes watering and tending them easier. Most of the garden structure is made from recycled materials (railway sleepers, trellis and so on), and the reclaimed wood has a similar weathered, grainy look, so it seems to fit in ok.
That side of things hasn’t left much time for the usual food growing antics, to be honest. However, I have managed to finish the last of the planting out, and have potted on a few things too. I’ve also made lots of sequential sowings such as rocket, chicory, land cress, various lettuces, radishes, spring onions and so on, to keep us in healthy salads all summer long. The next set of sequential sowings will be done this weekend, including turnips, carrots, various oriental greens, and perhaps the odd extra cabbage, kale or other brassica.
It’s a busy time of year and there’s lots to do, but in the next few days I hope to have potted on all the remaining sweet peppers and chillies, and put anti-cabbage-butterfly netting over any newly-sown brassicas.
Then I’m going to sit back, relax, and have some iced tea, and take a day or two off gardening.
How’s everything in your garden?