Friday, 3 August 2012

End Of Month View ~ July 2012

So that was July is done and dusted. Here the month did not get off to the best of starts, when we arrived home from holiday to find that our shed had been broken into and the lawnmower stolen. Fortunately  himself had mowed just before we left and the wet stuff came down again in torrents on our return, making lawn mowing a low priority for some time. I'm glad to say that my composting worms housed in same shed had not been tampered with although I did make myself feel happier by imagining the thief/thieves being covered in composting worms.

This post is going to be fairly brief as I do not have photos to illustrate. My computer continues to be in a state of sad decline. Whilst emergency surgery is under way I'm not downloading photos on to it . I can download them on to himself's laptop but the procedure seems all rather complicated, so I have not taken many.

A quick round up of the allotment which  has been a real challenge this year and all that seems to have really flourished is the weeds. This year they are giants. The strawberries mainly came and went mouldy with wetness whist we were away, so there were few bowlfuls of red goodness. Lots of raspberries but they did not taste much - lack of sunshine apparently. The apples are now noticeably swelling. White currants and black currants have done well but no red currants.  I plan to transplant all these currants as soon as possible along with the gooseberries. They are in a raised bed, along with some rather rampageous raspberries, so there is simply too much competition going on in a relatively small space.

 I'm now enjoying cucumbers, tomatoes, salad leaves, beetroot, courgettes (at long last), spring onions and broad beans. The shallots have been harvested and garlic is not far behind. Disappointments include my French beans - both dwarf and climbing varieties -  both have been decimated by molluscs. I  put in a second planting of climbing French beans last weekend but within a couple of days the leaves were already christened with bite marks. I have a few left over which I will plant up in a container at home where I can do a nightly snail/slug patrol. Maybe they might fare better. So far it's thumbs down the newly introduced 'Shiraz' purple mange tout pea which has been developed specifically for the British climate. They have grown well and are producing a good crop but I'm finding that the pods are not only tough but also tasteless. Back to my normal purple podded pea next year methinks unless I hear or read some favourable comments.  Surprise at the allotment - a duck nested in the corner of my strawberry bed. I have not seen the duck for sometime but there are three eggs in the nest. Where she has come from is a mystery as there is no serious water in the vicinity.

In the garden himself is continuing to work on his major project, which is going to give me some serious new planting space. Hopefully by the end of this month I will be able to report on this in more detail. As usual at this time of year I think that there is too little colour in the garden. Must do more to remedy this state of affairs.

New plant purchases - yet again admirable self restraint. I can count them on one hand - no on one finger. A visit to a local garden centre yielded a potful of lilium formosum pricei in the sales corner. Now I could not just leave it behind could I?

Thanks as usual to Helen over at 'The Patient Gardener's Weblog' who kindly invites us to share our end of month views.


7 comments:

  1. Oh no, sorry to hear that your shed has been broken into. Not nice at all, hope those thieves get what they deserve. At least the allotment sounds more cheerful and you had a good harvest you are enjoying now. Hope August will be better for you :)

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  2. Can you claim for the mower on insurance?

    Worm compost - good stuff.

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  3. It's sad to hear about the shed break in. It has been a hard year for us gardeners but you sound like you've had enough to still make it worth while. I'm having all sorts of problems with slugs at home. The plot, strangely and I think largely to do with the birds, has been relatively untouched. At home it's another matter. I'm struggling to find space to put biennials and new sowings of lettuce without them being mauled and slug pellets aren't working. I think some late night forays with the torch and salt water bucket are needed! I'm looking forward to hearing about your new project in the garden. Have a great weekend. WW

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  4. Thank goodness no further damage was done than an albeit annoying theft. It seems that every blog I read recently has struggled with the weather this year - you are not alone! It's either too wet, too dry, too hot, etc. Yet your harvest sounds great!

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  5. So sorry to hear of your robbery, how dreadfully annoying to find that when you got back. You seem to have been very successful with your allotment in spite of our British summer. I keep the slugs away from my beans and sweet corn with copper tape round cut off lemonade bottles, this has been successful for a good number of years now.

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  6. Sorry to hear about your break-in - and about your computer: I hope the latter is functional again soon.

    My French beans were completely snailed this year, and the replacements I planted had barely germinated before they were snailed too, so I have accepted defeat :(

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  7. How awful to return from holiday only to find you've had a break in, so sorry to hear this. We mowed our grass before we went away and it had grown so much on our return, I think the rain after the sun had encouraged it to grow. It sounds like you're getting a good harvest from your allotment, I've all but given up on getting much else from mine this year.

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- Anna.