We had a couple of very warm days this week, which boosted our enthusiasm to get out in the garden and tackle some of those tedious projects that seem to get left on the back burner. It was lovely to enjoy the warmth of the sun while still doing something useful! July seems to have flown by, and as usual month end for me means a catch up on what is happening in the vegetable garden, which is Mr S’s domain!
Potatoes. We grow our potatoes successfully in pots, and with the days warming up slightly, the next crop has started to grow strongly.
Herbs. I planted out a mixed container of herbs this years supply. Normally the herbs are planted out in randomly in the garden, or in single pots. The mix includes lemon thyme, normal thyme, sweet basil, oregano and a sad looking Aloe vera (it will perk up soon).
Leafy greens. Our crop of leafy greens are still growing strongly, and we are continually harvesting kale, Swiss chard, lettuce and beetroot leaves. The celery is also doing well, while the Bok Choi is flowering. We usually leave at least one plant in the ground to flower for the bees and hover flies.
Shallots. The shallots are doing well. We have two types of shallots, one with a white bulb and the other with a brown bulb. Behind the shallots are sweet basil and tomatoes.
Banana. One of our dwarf bananas has thrown a really large spike. The plant has been propped up to give it extra support due to the weight of the developing fruit. Mr S placed a compost bin near the plant to feed it, and this seems to be very successful, based on the size and health of the plant.
Pawpaw/Papaya, Carica papaya, is yet another plant that needs to be propped up to support the weight of the fruit. These fruit have been on the tree since autumn, covered with shade cloth to protect them from birds and sucking fruit moth. We lifted off the net this morning just to check how the fruit was doing, and it looks as if they are all perfect, just waiting patiently for warmer weather to ripen! Hopefully we will have ripened fruit in the near future.
That is my Six for this Saturday. I’m participating in the Six on Saturday, hosted by the Propagator. Pop over to his blog where there are links to other gardeners Six’s and have a look at gardens around the world. Have a great gardening week!