It’s been a while since I blogged here about our – or should I say DJ’s – vegetable patch (I’m allowed to water it and plant the odd thing occasionally!) and how it’s coming along. I think it’s looking pretty impressive now that summer is in full swing and we’ve had some delicious potatoes from it in the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been an easy ride.
Some of DJ’s old packets of seeds appear to have given up the ghost – we’re wondering if perhaps we didn’t store them correctly or they’ve got too old – so some of our peas and lettuces didn’t germinate. We had to buy new seeds and start again, which is why the lettuces in the photo are only tiny.
And the battle against the slug fraternity continues. DJ is trying out bran sprinkled around the plants to keep them off, which he read in a gardening magazine is a better and cheaper approach than using beer traps. His attempt at companion planting, where flowers are planted among the vegetables to attract pests away from the veg has partly worked and looks gorgeous. He says the marigolds have worked well in distracting pests, but the nasturtiums just went a bit nuts in the bed and he had to pull some of them out. And while the potatoes were fab, they completely overshadowed everything else in the bed around them so next DJ plans to grow them in pots.
But I’m sad to say that our apple tree is on its last legs. It’s had canker for years but a dangerous looking crack appeared in one of its remaining branches a few weeks ago, hastening its end. Luckily DJ noticed as I’d taken to sitting under it to work in the afternoons – and now it’s strapped up to keep it in one piece at least until we harvest the apples. We’re hoping that it’ll bear up under the weight of the fruit.
But on the bright side, the tomatoes are coming up, we have some beautiful looking cabbages, courgettes, sweetcorn coming through, delicious swedes and the garlic harvest has been so bumper that we’ve struggled to find somewhere to store it all. My mum who has a garlic allergy has been visiting, so I told DJ if he wants to keep on the right side of her it probably isn’t a good idea to keep it in the spare room as he’d planned!
Have a great weekend xxx Piper.
Do you grow your own veg? How is your plot doing this year?