While I have taken a rest from writing about my garden and gardening in general due to visitors, my plants have laboured on left
to the mercy under the watchful eye of the OH. The abundance of sea mist offered no compensation for the much-needed rain to deep water the shrubs and plants. Even the cacti and succulents are looking a little distressed and we’ve had a couple of casualties!
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to revamp the herb garden. After several falsestarts, we have (so far) more herbs alive than dead or dying. I still have a few such as dill, chocoalte mint and curly parsley to conquer but I will keep trying.
The normal mint decided it did not like the herb bed so took up residence in a strawberry tray which I cover with a plastic tray to offer shade from the full sun.
Kumquat trees grow well in pots
The Kumquat tree we planted in the SPring of 2018 continues to grow well but as yet none of the fruit has set. Note to self: spray to protect fom cirus leef miners.
This poor tree was doing well until the leaf miners took up residence. I need to remove the infected leaves by hand and then spray remaining leaves with diluted neem oil and washing up liquid.
Brussel Sprouts – Planning our Christmas dinner in August
We planted these in early July in the hope there will be some sporuts ready to pick by Christmas day. Last year I only planted three, this year we have fifteen plants so we can dabble in the Brussel sprout future’s market.
We are so disappointed with these tomatoes. So say they are a blight resistent F1 hybrid variety. All I see is a sprawling mess with no central stem. At £3.50 for just six seeds I will not be repeating the experience next year.
These are the Cacho tomato variety we bought as seedlings from the market in July. Hopefully, they will provide tomatoes until Christmas.
I am told Tayberries are a cross between raspberries and blackberries. The stems are not covered in prickles and you eat them once they turn black. This was planted as a twig last year so, while we only have a few berries so far, I will be patient.
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