Good morning and happy Thursday!
Just a quickie garden update this month…
Well in July it was a month of blooming and perishing, depending on whether you were plant or mollusc.
Certain things have been thriving: Our tomato plants have gone nuts and are HUGE, with so many tomatoes just getting ready to ripen. We’ve grown them before in grow bags, but they really seem to have been liking the pots we moved them in to, a good watering, plus the plentiful sun in our south-facing garden. I can’t wait to pick and eat them in the many salads we’re having at the moment! The children are also very excited that a few are starting to turn red, and I think this sort of easy-to-see change is a great introduction to nature, growth and getting an idea where some of their food comes from. I love how Freddie is championing the toms, even though he professes to loathe the bloody things. With Sasha it’s the opposite- it’s all we can do to keep her away from them, and stop her eating them whilst green!
Our runner beans are also doing well, and we were joking last night that we can totally see how that Jack and the Beanstalk story came about. We’ve picked and eaten the first ones, and once again, F & S enjoyed the whole process very much. I’ve decided that growing and eating stuff is very therapeutic and satisfying, and I’m looking forward to doing more of it (roll on rhubarb planting this autumn!).
On the downside our garden seems to have turned into the snail equivalent of Magaluf this summer. Every snail in SE London seems to have flocked here for their holidays and a bit of a party, getting happy on certain plants. Horrified at the rapid demise of our other variety of runner beans, and of the Centaurea, us party-poopers put a stop to all these jolly snail japes, and handed the slipperly suckers the snail-equivalent of a dodgy holiday cocktail (i.e. slug pellets). The next morning it was snail graveyard, and was amazing to see exactly which plants the snails favoured. There were LOADS of them, and collecting the deceased up with a trowel was a pretty grim half hour, but thankfully they haven’t made a strong return, and the damaged plants are beginning to recover.
In other garden news, the raspeberry plants are shooting up still, although we haven’t had much more fruit, and I suspect that’s probably it from them for this year. Which is fine- they’ve done their bit. As long as they carry on growing and thriving (and survive the winter) that’s good enough for me!
Teaming up with Manneskjur and ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’!