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.
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.
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.
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.
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