I can’t believe how quick the summer went by. The garden has some signs of autumn so I thought it is a good time for a new diary entry. These diary entries are mostly for my own benefit and a memory aid for next year.
The 2nd sowing of rocket and pak choi has been very slow to produce anything, but the spinach is doing well. I much prefer the spinach planted in an overcrowded way and picked when small leaves than the outside plants that were spaced out. It is the young leaves in salad we like to eat.
The chillies and tomatoes have done well and I need to harvest the chillies once I have decided how to store them. The pepper has been a bit of a disaster. There’s just one decent sized pepper growing and I doubt it will get much bigger now our nights are getting much colder.
The cucumber is still producing and even has some signs of new ones, but again I think it is probably too late for those to grow.
The courgettes finished a couple of weeks ago.
The raised borders
I have made a start on emptying some of the raised borders, as the wood sides are being replaced. This is pretty backbreaking work so not a quick job. The lupins and columbines have been potted up from one border so this is almost ready for the new wood.
The constant bug battle with the sprouts continues, first it was snails, then it was fighting off the cabbage white butterfly and now it seems to be being munched by an army of earwigs. I don’t use bug killer so it is a losing battle at the moment. I have two plants and now I’m thinking if I get 8 sprouts I will be happy. But I won’t grow more sprouts.
The outside spinach has bolted and we haven’t eaten many of the leaves. The Chinese seaweed cabbage is a hit though and snapping off leaves is working well and it is still producing. We will see how the 2nd sowing goes.
The everlasting sweet peas need to be moved to where there is a fence. They get so top heavy that I had to trim in back and it still crushed my support with its weight and the wind.
The pots and containers
The carrots I haven’t tried picking yet. The beetroots have been a disaster again and I will stop growing them.
The potatoes are just being dug out of the growing bag as we need them and have been ok. They are roosters and too floury a variety for our liking, we prefer waxy potatoes but all the seed potatoes had sold out.
The single pea plant in a pot by the greenhouse actually produced quite a few peas!
The monarda Bergamot flowers I planted in various places has actually done best in a pot.