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June jobs

Published on June 13, 2012, by in Jobs-to-do.

There’s too many to mention really, but here goes!

  • Weed vegetable beds on weekly basis
  • Feed all flowering veg and fruit plants
  • Remove all mint from the herb garden, then general weed/bed preparation for new plants
  • Pot up some mint
  • Weed rose border
  • Sow more veg seeds straight into outside beds
  • Weed and compost border by hedge in veg garden ready to sow annual and biannual flowers
  • Weed fruit cage and then put weed suppressant fabric down and bark chippings
  • Sort out compost bins to ensure constant supply
  • Weed, weed, weed!
  • Plant out new plants

Not enough time and so much to do!

Published on June 13, 2012, by in Diary.

Well, the last month has been mad. We’ve been so busy with the jubilee, visitors, school holidays and our normal hectic schedule, that there’s been no time to write about life in our lovely garden.

Watching the plants grow and often appear from nowhere over night has been an absolute joy. The herbaceous border has really come into its own. It’s jam packed with lupins, peonies, irises, geraniums, delphiniums, oriental poppies and many more beauties. The weeds are being smothered by their rapid growth helping to alleviate my weeding guilt in that part of the garden – elsewhere it’s a different story.

The vegetable plot and greenhouse are doing well, despite the rain. I’m now picking strawberries by the handful on a daily basis from both under glass and the outside beds. Our first peas are ready to pick and everything is getting bigger.

Slugs are a constant problem and I now need to start my night-time slug termination walks! The plants they like are the tagetes, strawberries (despite putting straw down) and my lovely cosmos. I’ve resorted to using slug pellets. This has saved the hostas by the house. Interestingly, the ones by the veg. garden have not been touched at all.

Recent veg planting has been: brussels sprouts; more broad beans; a courgette and butternut squash plant; runner beans, and further pea and dwarf bean sowings straight into the beds. The peas look good, the beans have been slugged!

Initial thoughts for next year are to forget pakchoi – full of holes made by an unidentified fly making them look very unappealing and to possibly grow strawbs in the greenhouse only.

The greenhouse is full of very healthy looking plants. The melon has a flower, which is very exciting. My okra experiment has worked so far, resulting in four good looking plants. The sunflower sowing has been mixed, with only half germinating. Puzzling! So too with the runner beans – only three out of twelve have shoots.

I have not bothered to shade the greenhouse as the weather has been dire!

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Justin Bieber scarecrow

Published on June 12, 2012, by in Diary.

Having completed his Diamond Jubilee duties as part of the Bratton Clovelly village celebrations, Justin Bieber is having a few minutes sit down before making his way down to the vegetable patch to start work as a scarecrow.

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Reference shots from 6th June 2012

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Open Garden day

Published on June 1, 2012, by in Diary.

It’s Open Gardens weekend here in Bratton Clovelly with 14 gardens (and a model railway) open to the public as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Midsummer Cottage garden is open today (Friday) from noon until 5pm. Tickets for the event cost £5 for adults (valid for all three days) and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased throughout the weekend in the village at the School Room (see location here).

There is also a fete in the village next Tuesday (5th of June) – more details here.

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