Archive for July, 2013

  • The end of july

    • Harvests

    • Hoverfly

    • Red Tailed Bumble Bee

    • Allotment

    Everything is growing in abundance.  The long hot sunny days have enabled many of the vegetables to become ready for harvesting both at the allotment and in the courtyard.  The courtyard is alive with the buzz of visiting bees and hoverflies (and even the occasional dragon fly visiting briefly too!).

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  • Growing in small spaces

    Nibbly bed in July
    CourtyardThe courtyard garden at the back of the house is in fine fettle currently. There are bees and hoverflies buzzing around and the plants are all healthy and vibrant, along with the small amount of veg growing too in abundance. The courtyard only began it’s journey to a new lease of life just last spring. We’d moved into the house the previous autumn, and I gave myself a challenge of turning it from an area of sterile tarmac into a wildlife friendly courtyard garden. Read more

  • The end of june

    • Bees galore

    • Apples

    • Courtyard bed

    Another busy and vibrant month.  The weather has been rather kind, with a good blend of ocassional rainy days and long warm sunny days and I am pleased to say that the main veggie bed area in the allotment is all finally dug, mulched and planted up and growing well. At the end of the month, I covered up the turf pile and planted some squash in it.  I’m not sure that they’ll make it maturity as I fear the slugs may quite like the covered turf pile with a new ‘take-away’ being planted up, so will see how that goes.  At least the turf is covered and can begin to break down properly with the aim to use it as a mulch in time.

    The courtyard beds (one small ‘nibbly bed’ and a slightly bigger bed) is now planted up with a mix of salads, and leftovers from the allotment.  The Wautoma cucumbers have been planted outside into tubs, along with some of the Rosa de Berne tomatoes in the beds too.  The aubergine plant is the only one of my youngsters which hasn’t kept up to speed with the pace of growing with the others plants but am hoping that will catch up in time.
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