So now I am harvesting all sorts of lovely summer veg but I'll show some of the photos from several weeks back anyway.
|6th July and I only show this photo because I actually captured a Swallow swooping over |
the veg patch - sometimes they land in it and take soil or just perch on the tomato posts.
But have I been able to capture this? No, of course not!!
|13th July and looking nice and moist after the sprinkler had been on!|
The shallots have been lifted now and left to dry in the barn.
My wildflower meadow is in the background.
|My rusty garlic has been lifted and left to dry in the barn; we are already eating it.|
The spring onions (left) are huge now and the leeks (right) are desperate
to be planted out, but have to wait until the onions come out,
as they need that space!
|That nice feeling after you've dug up a load of spuds!|
|Oh no, not more courgettes.... a week later and it's glut time again!|
|I am still picking tons of raspberries, although I have had to put the seep hoses |
on regularly on my two raspberry patches as they are very thirsty plants.
We even got a few cherries that the birds left for us.
|This is a Physalis (Cape Gooseberry) flower - first time I'm growing them.|
They are already forming their 'lanterns'!
|18th July and planting out my French beans - |
the soil was getting seriously dry.
I dug down about 6 inches into pure dust.
And then it rained! Hoorah, hours and hours of thunderstorms last Sunday; the temperature dropped a whole 10C which was a blessed relief and it rained and rained, totalling 28mm which is a little over an inch. Most of the water butts were full and the garden and I sighed in relief. Of course it was short lived because the temps are back up to about 29C again and the plants have sucked that moisture up like you wouldn't believe, and I have just started watering the veggies again, but having 3 nights off from the watering was like the best present ever.
|The 3 cucumbers are producing too well now but the lettuce |
in the background is starting to bolt.
|I also have 3 cherry tomato plants in pots at the front of the house which are |
doing really well and the first fruits are just changing colour.
|We're also eating blueberries from my one plant which is in a pot.|
Finally, did you think I could post anything without a bug?! I just noticed this tiny Cinnabar Moth caterpillar last night, on a groundsel 'weed', near my currant bushes in the veg patch. Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)* really is an annoying weed as it has fluffy seed heads that disperse seeds like dandelions, but the Cinnabar Moth larvae eat this, although their primary food plant is Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris/Senecio jacobaea). So I always leave a few of these weeds here and there and check them for the caterpillars before I weed any out. The moth is a daytime flying one and very beautiful; I've only seen a few this year but I finally managed to capture one at long last, sitting on a strawberry plant!
|Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)|
|Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) on a strawberry leaf|
* Note about Groundsel from Wikipedia, and I have read this before elsewhere. I've not had a problem myself, but I wouldn't purposefully leave it growing right next to crops because of it:
"Groundsel acts as a host for the fungus that causes black root rot in peas, alfalfa, soybeans, tomatoes, red clover, peanuts, cucurbits, cotton, citrus, chickpeas and several ornamental flowering plants...."