21st Century Garden July 2015

Good morning everyone, where has the past month gone? I’m pleased to report that I am on my fourth week of jogging, I don’t run for long yet, but it is getting a tiny bit easier. Any way back to the garden.


The peas are finished, I have harvested the last of them and put them in the freezer to enjoy over the winter. 


 The first beetroots are ready too, those got made into a delicious salad.


The first of the early potatoes are up, we will eat them baked in their skins with chilli this evening.

All around the garden we still have plenty going on.

Raspberries

Bell pepper

Dwarf French beans

More French beans

 The young beans make a wonderful salad along with roasted hazelnuts.

Tomatoes

Blackcurrants

Do you remember the photo of the beans last month? Well the runners have taken to the sky, it is actually 6 inches above the trellis!

Runner beans

Runner bean flower

Courgette / zucchini
Last month I showed you all how beautiful the rose arch is looking, the pond has matured beautifully too. 

It would appear that “everything in the garden is rosy.”

21st Century Garden June 2015

I’m a couple of days late, it isn’t always easy to get onto the computer, life and Mike get in the way.

The ‘P’ garden is doing well.

Pears


Peas


More peas


Potatoes

We have a possible “funny vegetable” entry.

Weird courgette.

The onions and carrots are looking promising, although who knows what is actually going on below the surface. For all we know, the carrots are presently being munched by carrot fly or slugs.



The tomatoes are starting to flower, possibly a bit late, but without a greenhouse, I think there is very little more we can do.


The dwarf french beans and runner beans have made an appearance.

Dwarf

Runner


The new raspberry bush has got its first fruit, much earlier than the old one which we practically destroyed trying to move it from spot to spot (Mike’s idea!). It has started to recover now, but we thought it was dead and bought a replacement.

Raspberries

Blackcurrants


Strawberries
Quince

The Japanese quince is looking good, hopefully it will hold on to the fruits and I will be able to make quince jelly again.

The garden is maturing beautifully. Who remembers this wooden arch from 2011?


I was going to put a photo up in July, but it looked so beautiful this morning I decided to show you all a month early, I might just repeat myself next month. The photo is obviously from the opposite side as we put a shed up on the concrete pad.


The borders are full of flowers that the bees love. 

Foxglove, with bee runway.

Love-in-a-mist / Persian Jewel / Nigella Damascena


The bee hotel now has eleven little bees waiting for next spring to arrive, with adults still making their homes in it.  

I love my garden, I just hope I can hang on to it. 

Ssh…. Don’t say it!

Before you say it I know it isn’t the 21st but I couldn’t resist sharing this photo with you all. 



It is a courgette or a butternut squash….. I don’t actually know as I forgot to label the pots. Only time will tell.

The sun is shining and Toni has found herself a sunny spot, better than the hail we had yesterday.


Spring seems to be on its way. 

21st Century Garden March 2015

As promised I bring you photos of my garden. To be honest there isn’t much to see yet, but isn’t that half the fun? A six month or so journey to see what grows and what doesn’t. 



So far the only real sign of life from the fruit trees is courtesy of the pear. The blossom buds are on the verge of bursting open.

We have improved around the pond, are are waiting for the clematis plants to frantically climb the trellis.

We have added a gooseberry bush to fruit corner and thinned out the raspberries.

The vegetable patch is bare, although that strip of soil to the left of the photo has onions and carrots sleeping below its surface.

The only real colour comes from the primrose tubs in the front garden. 


In trays of compost on window sills and around the house we have sown tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, peas, butternut squash and courgettes. Hopefully next month we will have lots more photos to share. 

21st Garden – April

I nipped out while it was still sunny and my porridge was cooking and took my photos. Even as I type, the sky is clouding over.


Aubergines



Blackcurrant

Butternut Squash

Chillies

Courgettes
Onions (oh and weeds)

Pea (plus weeds)


Potatoes (what do you mean “where”?)
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries

Tomatoes
Zucchini

The beetroot, carrots and swedes are too hard to identify yet, may be next month.





21st Garden – March

Here we go again.

This year we are growing tomatoes, swedes, butternut squash, courgettes / zucchini (yes Paula, again!), beetroots, asparagus (takes 2 YEARS), carrots and peas. The chillies have started to grow:

The onions are starting to sprout:

The potatoes are in the garage ‘chitting’:
The blackcurrant and strawberries have moved to new homes, away from the strangulating raspberries:

Oh and Mike requested I post a much clearer view of the beautiful gate he made for me:

August 21st Garden

Well August has arrived. The peas are over now, so no more photos this year.

The courgettes continue to grow.


The tomatoes are doing a bit better, but still green.


The onions are small, but perfect for pickling.


The first of the beetroot has been picked and pickled.


The chillies, the red ones are picked regularly.


A second crop of raspberries.


Baby sweet corn.

July 21st Garden

It’s the 21st again so time for an update on my vegetable garden.
Beetroot looking good.
 NO!!! Not more courgette/zucchini
Cherry Tomatoes
Marmande tomato

Raspberry plants take over the worldI mentioned last week that we had been busy in the garden, doing this:

Which resulted in this:
So much soil for such a small hole and I get to riddle it all and put the big stones in a skip.