How Does The Garden Grow Again?
Funny how things are in the gardening world, the last update on June 17th displayed our plants missing the right weather, and yet if you do look at the previous post, we had a good bit of growth but in the last 11 days we have seen an assortment of mixed weather climes also. We have had almost arctic weather, some heavy rain, some humidity, some extremely harsh winds and no real heat and yet, the last three days have seen incredible growth spurts! I mean spring most assuredly was missing in action, but now maybe, summer is starting.
Of course the weather men insist on telling us that the Sahara is enroute for this coming weekend, however being a cynic, it’ll take some seriously strong heat to convince me of that! However my watering regime l can see is going to be pretty hectic whilst Suze is away [who arrived in Australia, literally not long back safely].
Here’s the current tour ….
This is image heavy l am afraid, so l will try and go easy.
Tomatoes, Tomatillos, courgettes, cucumbers and strawberries all are a huge difference from 11 days ago.
The courgettes are showing a real healthy plumage of their flowers now, and l can see all going well, we are going to have some serious crops of courgettes, and more so than cucumbers, l think our neighbours are going to be doing well this season for that vegetable. Even the pretty flowers are looking a darn sight happier.
All the strawberry plants survived the winter and the spring and now yielding some huge bounties.
Most of the courgettes have fruit starting to appear and some like this beaut are further along.
All the tomato plants as a whole are doing pretty well, although some despite flowering seemingly appear to be experiencing some dwarfism issues.
In the end we didn’t plant out a huge crop of vegetables this year, mainly only what we use the most. This year also especially with Suze being away down under, we opted for a bit more of a routine watering system. These l still don’t think are right, and they are quite fiddly, but at least the plants for the majority of the day have fresh water feeding into them.
In the main the runner beans are doing well, although the right side plant in this image is doing better than the left overall we will yield a bumper crop of beans for 2019. The dwarf beans simply never took, which was sad, but we can examine them more closely in the seasons that follow.
The potato plants took some serious beatings in the winds of last week, and a couple had their main stalk broken, but we are just starting to see the flowers appear now, so it’ll not be long before they are ready to come out from down under. Probably quite close to Suze’s own return from the same place!
In the end both of the end garden beds were not used, not to their fullest extent anyway, although with the sun now starting to make an appearance our meagre plantings of beetroot, cucumber and tomato plants are just starting to take off. The beet roots first leaves were attacked by leaf borers, so we took those leaves away, and as you can see, new ones are now growing like nothing ever happened.
Despite all good intentions to harvest our horseradish plant every season to date we have failed and so the plant now in its third season has slightly gone to seed. From what l have read this will not have that bad an effect on the root, just make the sauce a lot, lot stronger – the kind of strength that you most assuredly need to wear goggles with when grating to make the sauce itself. Suze and l are determined this year to make that sauce an actual reality! But we can save these seeds and start to grow next year some new roots, in addition to our elder roots here.
The greenhouse is in a world of its own also, and why should it not be? It is literally a world of its own. A surprising element has been the avacado plant which turned four this month is now a huge beastie. We grew two from stone in 2015, but sadly lost the second planting last year, but this beauty is doing really well now, and l am really proud of her, and here she is pretending to be a tomato plant. But she is now just over three feet tall, and thoroughly loves life in the green house. She may have to winter here if she grows much bigger as she will be too big for my office, but we will see closer to winter this year.
Finally the aubergines [eggplant] are showing some potential. But the pepper plants are now showing fruit, which is surprising given their height. You may recall last years were much much taller.
In the ornamental side to the garden the lilac sticky flower is back in all it’s glory and one of the unidentified mints is in skyscraper mode! The lilac bushel flower smells of like seriously sweetened orange syrup and when you touch it emits a kind of rough sticky substance to your fingers. The overall smell however is like that of the Malaysian durian fruit, but if not that, then kind of like sweet vomit, week old socks! I know lovely right? But damned if l can remember its actual name!? But the pollinators adore it.
The fruit trees this year are displaying huge crops, after a blight of two seasons, the apricot tree is showing signs of healthy crop, but dwarfism in its foliage and the plums well if they all colour up, we will be seeing a major yielded harvest!
So all in all, the last 11 days have done pretty well if honest, l wonder what the next 11 will hold? However, how about everyone else and their vegetables and fruit gardening how is everything coming along?