Monthly Roundup: August

It’s been full-on in the garden this month as harvesting of potatoes, climbing beans and all things salad has continued. The freezer is slowly filling up with beans, and with foraged blackberries picked from hedgerows on our daily walk. 

The weather has been ‘changeable’ (understatement) – which led to some lovely cloud formations – while Storm Francis battered the UK in the final week of the month. Damage in my garden was restricted to this pot of chard (past its best anyway), a tomato pot blown over but no damage, and a bent sunflower.

Bulbs, onion sets, and salad leaf/herb seeds have been ordered, though I’ve only received the seeds. The weed membrane for my allotment bed finally arrived, along with the tomato feed I’ve been trying to get hold of for months. (Note to self – stock up early next year).

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Monthly Roundup: July

Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the garden, another garden pest comes along to distract me. Initial research indicated a Japanese beetle; further research suggests a Garden Chaffer. It moved on before I could check its belly for spots.

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Monthly Roundup: June

We were supposed to be on holiday the first week of June; instead we holidayed at home, with glorious sun (for the first half of the week at least). A good job we weren’t away as the veggies needed almost daily watering.

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I planted out my four largest climbing bean plants. One large and one smaller plant to each arch. I have a further three later sowings which I potted into individual pots mid-month. By the end of the month, one of my four beans had reached the end of its support wire and was beginning to traverse the horizontal cane towards the back of the bed. (I learned last year that if they scramble over the arch to the top, I need a stepladder to pick the topmost beans – much easier to try and reduce the height to a reasonable one).

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