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In the Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 6 August 2015

06/08/2015

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

I nearly wrote July on this update; this summer is rattling past and the garden seems to be my sole bastion of a slow and gentle pace of life.

In fact one of the veg beds is moving so slowly as to be entirely unchanged from last week save for the fact that we harvested a couple of the onions for supper.  I’m still planning on putting Pak Choi in there as an autumn crop but there didn’t seem much point to plant seeds just when we were about to go away for a bit.

But on the other side things are growing.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

Firstly, and most importantly, the blackcurrant bush remains not dead.  Now we have some tiny feathery little leaves on the top of the green shoots and it’s a very visible promise of blackcurrants next year.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

Next to the currant bush I have flowers on the pumpkin and another flower on the courgette so I’m hoping with all fingers and toes crossed that we might eventually get some veggies.  From all the chat about male and female flowers in the comments on my previous garden updates it became very clear to me that the netting might not actually be helping me.  It is still helping to keep the cat out of the veggie beds, but it might not be helping on the veggie growing front.  Because for pollination I need insects and preferably bees, and insects and bees of the pollinating variety can’t get through the netting.  I discovered this the other day when a wasp fell into Kitty’s water cup and I threw it all out in the vague direction of the veg beds; the water went straight through and a slightly bedraggled wasp was left perched on the top by the bean wigwam.

So for now I’ve taken the netting off the beans, courgette and pumpkin and just pegged it down the other side of the strawberries.  I’m hoping that that should entice the bees away from the buddleia in favour of helping me grow courgettes, but if anyone has any great ideas for getting bees in but keeping birds and cats out, do let me know.

And meanwhile around the back our sunflowers are reaching for the skies.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

They are both taller than me now (6’0″) and still growing strong from the looks of things; they aren’t anywhere near opening so I’ll be amazed to see their final height, assuming I can see that far.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden - Space for the Butterflies

And at a lower level, I have a very nice crop of shiny green tomatoes, just waiting to ripen.  Although I’ve heard about fried green tomatoes but never tasted them so there’s part of me that’s been a little bit tempted to try them – have you ever had them and were they nice?  In the meantime mine are staying put to become a nice rosy red and I know they’ll be worth the wait.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden so far:

30 July 2015

23 July 2015

16 July 2015

9 July 2015

3 July 2015

25 June 2015

18 June 2015

11 June 2015

4 June 2015

28 May 2015

21 May 2015

14 May 2015

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  • Kim 06/08/2015 at 6:30 pm

    Oh look at those tomatoes..soon you will be enjoying those, as long as you can keep little hands off them 🙂 Everything looks great Carrie, enjoy your time in the garden.

  • Lee Cockrum 07/08/2015 at 5:27 pm

    Fried green tomatoes are lovely!! You need larger ones to slice. You can look up various recipes to see how people bread them. Growing up my mom always used flour alone, not sure if she dipped them in egg or milk and then flour. Lots of people use a mix of cornmeal and flour. Salt and pepper in whatever you dip them in. I like mine sliced on the thin side, and nicely done until the tomato is soft.

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 2:02 pm

    Still itching to fast forward here! And we could do with your netting round here now, the birds here seem to have a particular fondness for our blueberries at the moment 🙁

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:38 pm

      Oh I have plenty to spare!! Blueberries sound nice too, definitely worth hiding from the birds!