Completed mulching the celery and celeriac, building up the earth around them.
Started tackling the beetroot patch.
Almost done with weeding the space near the beehives – but one has to pick the right moments to attempt that task.
Weather looks lovely if slightly hot. Lots of watering needed!
I turned 21 yesterday and was given 4 lovely David Austin roses – white, yellow, pink and red and they smell divine. My favourite red rose already in the garden also opened for my birthday, specially! I was also given a scythe and bill-hook. This will be fun, my brother has asked me to warn everyone in advance when I am practicing with it in the garden so that they can beware…
Happy 18th Birthday to the best sister in the world!
Busy, busy, busy…
This week I have:
Weeded, fed and mulched all of the overgrown rocket, parsley, dill and old Chinese cabbage and lettuce beds and the paths alongside it.
Weeded, fed, mulched celery and celeriac bed.
Weeded, fed, mulched calabrese and cauliflower bed.
Weeded brukale, brussels sprouts and cabbages.
Weeded, fed, mulched other cabbage trench.
Planted out last soya beans.
Planted out last pepper from indoors into the greenhouse.
Planted out last of cape gooseberries (going to need potting on).
Weeded and mulched last year’s celery trench and gave remains that had gone to seed to the pigs who loved them.
Weeded and mulched a path covered in goosegrass so now we can pick the tayberries and jostaberries without getting our legs and arms scratched off.
Weeded, fed, mulched pak choi bed and spring onion bed.
Picked lots of strawberries – I am expecting them to be all gone by the time I get back from my week away.
Picked lots of raspberries, blackcurrants (coming soon with the recipe I made this week when I get back), carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, calabrese broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, radishes, courgettes, kale, perpetual spinach leaf beet, pak choi, swiss chard and the first blueberries yesterday!
Lots of cooking with home grown produce this week: homemade pizza with perpetual spinach, swiss chard, red and green pak choi and kale in the topping; bolognese with perpetual spinach in it followed by lasagne made over from the left over gloop, served with first calabrese broccoli and courgettes, peas and kale before having lettuce and lots of cucumber; stewed blackcurrants with puddings; stewed jostaberries; blackberries (some growing inside a greenhouse), raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and tayberries with our brownies. Making a birthday cake today – which will again be served with berries, sorry sister.
Planted out spring onions I had grown indoors.
Potted on tomatoes.
Potted on basil.
Planted out lambs lettuce.
Tied back potatoes that were drowning other beds.
Picked HUNDREDS of raspberries, blackcurrants, jostaberries, redcurrants (they look like jewels) the couple of cherries our baby trees produced (Morello has produced quite a lot that will need picking this weekend before we go).
Freezing lots of the fruit. The exhaustion of picking fruit, picking through the fruit to take off the mould or damaged parts and then packaging and freezing is terrible…
I will be trying to write one more post on flowers for bees in the vegetable garden before I go, will hopefully post it tomorrow. Otherwise, happy gardening and cooking to all and see you in a week.