Monthly Archives: August 2012

Garden musings

It’s not often that I allow myself to just sit and enjoy things, and it is never something that I plan into any time I have but after an almost sleepless night during my last time off I did spend the precious time I had planned to spend gardening just sitting with some tea, and then a little lunch, enjoying the sun in my front garden;

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

It is not the mass of colour it was last year, I think the slugs put pay to that but there is still plenty there;

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; sweetpea bucket ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; sweetpea bucket ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; leeks ~ August 2012

Front garden blooms; leeks ~ August 2012

And as well as the flowers I seem to have gathered a not to shabby fruit collection;

Front garden fruits; summer fruiting raspberries, red currant, gooseberry and a bramley apple ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; summer fruiting raspberries, red currant, gooseberry and a bramley apple ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; autumn fruiting raspberries, strawberries and the last pot of potatoes ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; autumn fruiting raspberries, strawberries and the last pot of potatoes ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; all gold autumn fruiting raspberries~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; all gold autumn fruiting raspberries~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; red princess strawberry ~ August 2012

Front garden fruits; red princess strawberry ~ August 2012

Even thought I knew what I had growing I didn’t realise how much there was until I stopped to take stock of it. I haven’t grown mountains of food what I have grown has been a nice treat and are forming the base of next years growing. Of course I would have liked to have much more coming in from the garden but that just hasn’t been possible this year and I am ok with that, which is a very odd feeling. And there is always next year

Potatoes

Pick of the crop; self-sown potatoes - 17th July 2012

Pick of the crop; self-sown potatoes – 17th July 2012

I harvested all but one of my sacks of potatoes during a thunder storm and down pour on Sunday; they haven’t really done very well this year and I only got a small bucket full from three sacks (no weighting this year as I wasn’t that organised). Still there is enough for a few meals and I might well try planting the sprouting volunteers I have to see what the results of that are.

The potatoes that seem to have done the best have been these self-sown ones which I harvested last month and managed to produce a reasonable harvest even though they were growing in only shallow box shared with some strawberry plants. I’m not sure if they have done better because they are better suited to growing in my garden or because they were in the ground from so early in the year.

Bye-bye moos

Well, after many false starts we have sold the cows and they were collected last weekend.

The Dexters – Pumkin and Pippin – have gone to join a small ‘hobby’ herd not to far away.

Dexters; Pumkin & Pippin - July 2012

Dexters; Pumkin & Pippin – July 2012

Dexters; Pumkin & Pippin - July 2012

Dexters; Pumkin & Pippin – July 2012

And Chloe, who has turned out to be a freemartin has gone to the butchers. It is a shame as she would have made the prefect house cow for us but we took the risk of her being one when we took her on  

Chloe - July 2012

Chloe – July 2012

Chloe - July 2012

Chloe – July 2012