This diary is a summary of our garden activities. The links are to blog posts that often give more detail.

July 2016

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First monarda flowers open

 

Buyer beware - contaminated compost

Windiest July day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 ﷯ The apricots are ripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

Peas are flowering

Planted out some spare beetroot and red cabbage in mixed bed and also sowed some radish and red lettuce.

I'm a strawberry blonde

Clean potatoes - will it last?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

Moved potted tomatoes from plot greenhouse

Planted lavender into a nursery bed.

Will they be OK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Harvested apricots

Did some weeding, bed preparation and harvesting on the plot

Plot beginning of July

Ants on the run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minibeasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

Spent the afternoon at Harlow Carr

Bought 4 plans for the pebble gardens

Roscoea scillifolia f. atropurpurea, Bergeranthus Glenensis, Saxifraga Dr Ramsey and Penstemon Campanulatus Pulchellus

 

Two garden visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planted new plants on pebble gardens

Potted coleus and sowed some salad seeds in raised bed in garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Dug first Orla potatoes

Biennial flower seeds have germinated

Picking raspberries

 

Blimey only went to water the tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

Picked first broad beans.

Picked first redcurrants, gooseberries and tayberries

 

Gold star

 

Mediterranean fruits - an update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picked more Malwina strawberries, (they are delicious), and raspberries

 

Waterlogged raspberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

Planted alpine strawberries

Sowed salad seeds

Netted blueberries

Some blueberry protection

Minibeasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

Buddleias starting to flower on the plot

Picked the first Mini Munch cucumber

Annual cutting patch starting to flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

Hostas being sprayed with slug repellent regularly

Campanula lacitifolia flowering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

Staked some perennials in the red and yellow bed - must do sooner next year.

Tomatoes setting fruit

Welcome to the jungle

Strawberries galore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

Picked first of the mangetouts.

Found that the wood pigeons hadn't had all the jostaberries

Courgettes are now producing.

Are slugs letting your hostas grow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

Dug one row of Casablanca potatoes

Picked broad beans for freezing

Picked first sweet peas.

Sowed more peas in space left by lifted potatoes

Winas and losers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

Visited the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire

This looks a bit hot

Two more garden visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

Visited RHS Hyde Hall in Essex

What a couple of scorchers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Too hot to do much on the plot so a quick visit to water and harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

The buddleias are flowering but where are the butterflies?

Another hot one

Where are the butterflies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

Picked first blueberries

Martyn trimmed laurel and apple hedges.

Found a giant puffball growing in the plot

Might be our driest July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

Picked first peas, Cobra climbing French beans and Robin Hood broad beans.

Lifted first of the Vivaldi potatoes.

Vivaldi meets Robin Hood

Potato day report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The climbing beans are flowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

A harvesting visit to the plot - picked first peas for freezing

We pick, pick, pick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27

 

 

Just flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick plot visit to water the tomatoes but rain prevented any more activity other than picking a few raspberries for dinner.

Sowed more sweet William and winter spinach in modules.

 

Welcome to the jungle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

Day out in North Yorkshire -  Hutton le Hole and Dalby Forest

 

Rain in Ossett - Sun in Dalby Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

Picked first Japanese wineberries and runner beans

 

Dug over a couple of beds.

After the rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July seed sowing schedule

Details of what was sown/planted in July

 

July harvesting schedule

Details of our July harvest

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