With the lovely weather we've had over the last month Rich and I have finally got ourselves a BBQ, so one evening a week a go I made some nice roast veg with herds...
...and Rich made FIRE...with various meat accompaniments!
So onto the garden, I haven't been able to spend as much time as I would like out there, also I haven't
wanted to put to many new plants or plugs in, in case we do move and I have to leave a lot of it behind. I will take some thing with us but I don't want to leave the next person with a garden of huge bald patches.
Talking of bald patches, my poor Peach tree is suffering a bit at the moment, its developed Peach Leaf Curl (sorry for the bad pic, camera refused to focus on the leaf!)
I've been feeding it with nitrogen feed since it started and giving it lots of water, just have to keep my finger crossed that it survives.
The tomatoes are doing ok, not amazing, they are getting just to hot in the greenhouse I think, lots of green fruit put they don't seem to want to go red, I've left these 2 that have done on the plant in the hope that the rest will get the idea!
The major success the year has been Richards chillies (they are insanely hot so I haven't even tried them, Rich who must have a asbestos mouth, he eats them right of the plant!)
The Polka Raspberries are coming through, but only about half of them, 3 of the plants failed to grow at all, I'll have to grub these out as they just look like dead twigs right now. The ones that did come up however seem to be going well and we've had a little bit of fruit of them.
The peas finally got going only to then have nearly 2 months of really dry weather which despite Rich and I watering them twice a day seems to have dried most of the peas in their pods, also we seem to have some sort of little grub getting in and setting up home in the pods. We managed to rescue some and very lovely they where to, I don't know the last two years everything has been to wet this year its to dry...bloody global warming!
One of the few plants to like the hot weather has been my little Petite Pan Courgette I put in a couple of month ago, I cant wait to harvest the veg of this, its so cute looking!
Another small success is my pear tree, its been in 2 years and never even made the attempt to fruit then all of a sudden this year its covered! It was slight belatedly that I realised that you should really have 2 pears for cross pollination and seeing as we cant fit any more trees in the orchard I was wondering whether to dig it up and give it away, glad I didn't now! One of the neighbours must have a secret pear tree somewhere!
Sadly the dry weather had yet another victim, my poor little blueberry bushes have really suffered this year, the fruit has dried and shrivelled on the branches, they look like very tiny raisins. We really struggled to keep everything alive. I think these bushes will come out in the autumn and be transplanted into pots (if we move they will come with) I'm really gutted as I LOVE blueberries and they are a bloody crazy price in the supermarket.
Things are looking a little scorched in the garden right now!
We do however have some Cobnuts on the bushes so it not all bad!