Productive Land: July

Apologies for the lateness of this post… events in London and elsewhere got in the way somehow.

July was up and down. After June’s weather disappointments, growth was erratic. There wasn’t much sun, it seems. I was out of the country for a couple of weeks and the garden was in the hands of trusted family members. The carrots and onions/leeks continued their slow growth, as did the beetroot and pumpkin plants. The irrepressible spinach was a constant bounty.

Carrots, Onions, Spinach

The grapes started to ripen, and as they did so we cut away many of the leaves to expose the best bunches. Others were culled. The failed broad bean crop (blackfly having done for most of it) gave us a few tasty delights in its death throes, and with space to breathe in the pots once the plump potatoes had been lifted the runner beans took off and soon reached six feet.

Broad Beans

The ‘English country garden’ section (just a couple of square feet, really – designed to attract bees and other pollinating insects) really exploded into life in early July, with tall hollyhocks, seductive foxgloves and mournful scarlet poppies. Despite the interest of two naughty cats, the insect population really seems to have taken off.

Come hither, bees

The chicken coop was ordered and constructed. We had to add wire on the base of the run to prevent foxes being able to dig underneath. The coop has been positioned in the southwest corner of the garden, under the vine. Most of the day it will be out of direct sun, sheltered from the wind, on a patch of grass for the girls to peck at. Next month there will hopefully be something on the hens themselves; depending on free time I should be off to Salisbury to pick them up.

The garden in late July

Along the back wall, new trellises supported the tomato plants, which really need some polythene as wind protection. As the month closed, we were looking forward to an August of pumpkin, beetroot, runner beans and tomatoes.

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