The garden’s coming on

It’s almost midsummer and things in the garden are fairly coming on. Particularly on a glorious day like this all the hard work is worth it.

In the polytunnel:

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First of the baby courgettes.

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The first of the bullet-like green strawberries have formed.

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The strawberries in the grow bags are a bit more advanced so hopefully they will be ready to go with Champagne and cream in time for Wimbledon…

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Self propagated raspberries – glad I didn’t pull them out as there is a lot of fruit showing on them.

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Peas – plenty of flowers on the first mini pods are forming.

Outside:

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A good crop of goosberries coming on nicely, just hoping Gooseberry sawfly leaves the bush alone this year.

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A pot full of good cuttings going on – next year’s Alaskan willow and blackcurrants.

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Kale (Shetland cabbage) and neeps.

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This is the first time we’re trying to grow Shetland cabbage but I have seen a few Cabbage Whites about today so might neet to keep an eye on these.

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Growing garlic is really easy – will post about that another time.

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The best bit – the harvesting!

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… and enjoying your crops on your plate.

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… and also getting some cut flowers.

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… and seeing the wildlife too!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The garden’s coming on

  1. Hi there, I’m really enjoying your blog, I was introduced to it from my friend Helen’s FB page. All looking very fruitful and lovely. I’m intrigued by the Alaskan willow, what do you use it for, or is it just ornamental? I’m growing loads of different Kale varieties this year, I haven’t heard of Shetland Kale before. Happy gardening 🙂

  2. Hi Alex, thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, the Alaskan willow is purely ornamental, in fact since it grows very fast and vigorously in Shetland (unlike other trees) it’s brilliant for creating shelter. I’m going to post about Shetland cabbage (locally referred to as Kale) later on this week but in the meanwhile you can find out more at http://www.slowfood.org.uk/ff-products/shetland-cabbage/. I’m going to try to save some seed so if you’d like I can get some sent to you when it’s ready – happy to share it if it’s a success!

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