“Hi Ho, Hey Oh A Gardening We Shall Go”
E38 – W25
This is what a complete Numpty looks like in a faceshield [protecting his eyes from mold spores. If you look closely you can see the left eye healing – now it just looks like a tiny stab wound to the eyelid!] However, the other things face shields do to you in extreme heat is make you sweat like there is never going to be a tomorrow!!
Despite everything ongoing in Project Garden as in downscaling and packing up – there is still a growing vegetable garden. As a project it was allocated 366 days of growth from January 1st 2020 hence the name of the series and here we are today mostly one week short of the first six months.
I am one of the first to say l am upset by events, not just the fact that l have split up from my partner but equally that l am having to tear down a garden that is currently growing in its peak seasons!
It is therefore forgiveable that the series has been interrupted from the initial schedule of events. 366 will be replaced by the newer compact gardening and composting series – “The Dug Out’s Secret Garden!’ – which l initially had planned in for starting October but have decided to start this from August. As a series it will be split between two main focus points or gardens – mine and Suze’s.
My garden is more of a garden than hers is … but Suze’s garden will be more challenging as you can see here below … it is quite barren and empty!
The challenge with Suze’s garden is to encourage not just new growth but also wildlife, mostly birdlife which at times is hard to secure into built up suburban gardens. But l know between us we can do it.
My new garden is an established courtyard garden and it will allow me to practice a gardening style l have wanting to experiment with for some time – well in truth, quite a few new trials. 1] Antique Conservation gardening, 2] Courtyard container gardening, 3] Compact composting and organic worm farm rotation and finally 4] Rose and scented flower gardening. Part and parcel to all of those topics will be to also encourage birdlife species variety into the garden. The two photos above you have seen before, they aren’t mine, but until l can get in there on the 1st on a measurements visit – l’ll not have any fresh ones.
In addition to that new series another gardening series will also begin “A – Z Gardening Compendium.”
But l am looking forwards to both the garden challenges.
Anyway, that aside – how is the current garden performing in consideration to 1] the lockdown and 2] the downscaling to deconstruction?
The Ornamental [Flowers] and kitchen herbs side which we apart from occasional weeding, don’t really pay any attention to has done very well this season. Herbs and flowers alike are all flourishing. The roses this year have produced some absolutely gloriously scented flowers and the liquorice mints especially are growing to huge heights whilst the Comfrey, Borage and Bay leaf are doing really really well too.
In terms of harvests, crop yields and crop successes, well that has been interesting as a study and observation alike – the usual suspects like the runner beans in previous years have been really prolific growers and yielders however this year, they are very slow and here we are near the end of June and in previous years we have had beans on the vine, this year the blooms are only just opening. This crop could well be touch and go as we have to have the beans down by the third week in July which is a real shame for late comers to the growing party!
You can see the progress of the runner beans below – three seperate photographs taken over the course of the last 8 days and not a great deal of difference despite great sun and watered daily.
The carrots have done remarkably well – for a first time attempt, however lesson learned l should have thinned them out – but the ones we have pulled out have been YER straight!! This is a crop l will grow again. The celery is also doing really well – although these were not grown from seed but slip and l will grow these again and will take these two boxes with me to achieve that next year, although l might be able to plant out a winter /spring carrot crop.
In terms of other crop yields – the courgettes, the cucumbers and as said the beans have been very slow to perform, although marrow, cucumbers and courgettes have produced crop. The salad beds did remarkably well and we were not short of wild rockets, chards and or spinach leaves for a good six weeks – next time we will stagger them more to continue a longer productivity schedule.
This morning we cut the scapes off the garlic and all going well our garlics and onions will be ready for harvesting in the next few weeks. Although the spring onions are very slow to perform. But the fennel will be transferred to a container and grown indoors either at mine or Suze’s.
The Sweet Potato containers are only now starting to take, so l have to try and configure a way of transferring these to another container as the ones they are in belong to the house. But l don’t really wish to lose these if l don’t have to.
Plants that l will be taking with me that are also doing well this year, but can be transported easily and live either in the house or just outside are the Cape Gooseberry’s, the horseradish and of course Ava.
With the patio garden plants – the lavender, the mints, sages and tomatoes and blueberries are doing very well, but they will be going into Suze’s garden, but the strawberries l will be growing and putting them into hanging baskets.
The French beans and the Raspberry bush are doing fantastically well, and whilst we cannot dig up the beans with any kind of success, we will dig up the raspberry bush for Suze and take that with us.
So all in all, with some vegetables much slower to take and grow on, the garden hasn’t done that badly and l do feel that had we NOT been moving we probably would have seen better just later crops of the slow growers of now, shame, but that is the way of season growth at times.
Anyway … Thanks for reading – catch you in part 3.