Western Isles Gardening
It certainly feels like summer this year with day after day of hot sunshine. It has been an endless round of watering the garden, greenhouse and all the tubs. Flaming June certainly lived up to its name! It would be great if it continued in the same vain for the next few months, with the occasional downpour to water everything, or am I hoping for too much??
I have noticed that despite me watering more or less everyday some things have gone to seed much more rapidly than usual. The lupins for instance seemed to flower and go to seed in a matter of a few weeks, the spinach beet went to seed when usually I can keep this going even into the winter.
The netting over the brassicas has worked quite well, despite the odd butterfly getting under the net. It means I can keep up with watching out for eggs and squash them before they hatch. Next year I hope to get some finer netting and make a higher cage around the raised beds.
The greenhouse is much less work now, only the green beans and some plants for next years garden in pots. The plants for next year are lupins, cardoons and artichokes. I will put them out into the cold frames later where they will stay until next spring.
Most things are planted out now and its just the successive sowing of lettuce, radish, spinach, broccoli, carrots and peas. It is great to be eating more from the garden and I love it when I can produce everything that is on my plate from the garden.
Happy holidays everyone wherever you may roam.
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