The first week in July, and it is still remarkably cool and enough rain to ensure that I don’t need to water. I’m not complaining – well, just a little, but don’t gardeners always grumble about the weather? 😉 – however, I do wonder what is in store for us in August which is usually our hottest, driest month. But the days are mostly sunny and the garden is growing well.
After the late frost I thought we had lost all our fruit in the orchard, but the apples are doing really well. Sadly no plums, cherries, peaches or pears this year, though the fig which was frosted very badly has a lot of small fruit on it too.
My strip of meadow flowers is flourishing. Maybe I will curse it next year when they self seed everywhere, but for the moment it looks really pretty and is full of bees
Second planting of cucumber ( first one succumbed to the cold wet weather) is now racing ahead, with a lot of small fruit on it already. Planted another the first week of July, but this could be a bit late – later plantings often suffer from mildew or mosaic virus, but it’s always worth a try.
One of the quadrants of the Pumpkin Patch is always planted in red, yellow and white onions for general cooking (they store well) but I also plant rows of smaller varieties (for use as fresh onions – not sure if that is the correct term, but they do not store well) in the raised beds.
Now picking masses of yellow courgettes. This week sowed a green and another yellow courgette for a later crop. One courgette plant bearing at a time is definitely enough for us as they are incredibly productive!
Tomatoes are starting to produce. It’s been a difficult year for tomatoes – lots of rain can be an issue with blight, but I choose my varieties carefully for blight resistance so I hope they cope. I’ve given them one spray of bouillie bordelaise which is a copper sulphate/chalk spray used as a fungicide in organic gardening, but I really don’t like the effect it could have on the soil, so I will not use it more than once. I prune off all the lower leaves to try to reduce any splash onto the leaves which encourages disease. This year they have been invaded by aphids; I will not spray with insecticides which would kill the aphids AND the beneficial insects like ladybirds and our bees. A strong spray of water and soap does help though.