Monthly Roundup: August

This last week, the weather has been mixed.  Cooler and some welcome rain which gave us the chance to find out that our newest water butt was leaking where the tap screws in to the body.  We tried a different tap and added an extra washer and it seems to have done the trick.

I sorted out my potting shed cum greenhouse and have moved most of my tomatoes inside – four Tumbling Tom yellow cherry tomatoes and a rogue plant that ‘appeared’ in among some grasses.  I had to leave the Moneymaker plants outside, but have moved them to a new position where – fingers crossed – they will have plenty of sunshine to ripen the existing trusses.

I’ve been picking off tomatoes as they ripen but this has been one or two fruit only from each truss..

Cucumbers are growing well with plenty of small fruit showing.

The newly sown rocket is sprouting, though considering I sowed it in two straight(ish) rows, it seems to have moved outside its intended area.

Beans are still doing well.  Best crop of the year after the salad bowl lettuce – and tastier too.

Leeks are thickening up nicely, though I now realise I should have planted them deeper than I did as the proportion of white to green on the stem is low, even so they are full of flavour.

I suppose now is the time when I should be looking at winter/spring crops though I have no idea what to grow and wonder if I should just concentrate on growing red clover as a green manure to dig in ready for next year.  But it seems too early just to give up until spring.

But I can plant garlic bulbs in a pot and see how they do for next year.

A lesson learnt for next year is to plant more of everything and closer together – beans, peas, onions, radish, and NOT to grow tall companion plants that hide the vegetables.

One thing I am trying to grow is a Ginger plant, started from a root bought at the supermarket.  I’ve had it in a cardboard tray in the conservatory – no water or compost – and it developed a side growth, which I cut off and allowed to dry for a couple of days before planting up into a pot.

This site explains the process.

TIP:  Buy a knobbly ginger root as the new plants seem to form in the crevice where two pieces join.


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