July 2019 update


We’ve segued from a hungry June into a bountiful July, though some crops are still on a go slow.

The courgette glut is upon us, and two plants is definitely one too many for a household of two. We’ve given at least two-thirds of the crop away so far, and the courgettes just keep coming.

We’ve also been making our way through the potatoes, though there are LOTS more to come. We planted earlies (can’t remember the variety!) and main crops (Kerr’s pinks), and are still making our way through the former, though we’ve also sampled the latter.


We also had a mange tout glut, and found it challenging to get through them while the peas were still unformed. In the end many of them ended up in a (very tasty) mange tout soup. We’ve planted another round.


Green beans are doing really well and more of those have gone down too. Peas (Progress variety) are a disappointment again this year, so where we blamed the weather last year, maybe it’s time to point the finger at the seed peas themselves as their bed companions (mange tout and green beans) have done so well.

The garlic is drying in the shed, we got forty-seven bulbs, so that should see us through at least six months.


Things like mint, parsley, kale, spring onions and chives have been tipping along nicely and are plucked from the garden regularly. We haven’t done other leafy greens as dealing with leaf miners is more trouble than it’s worth (really need to put some time into a solution for that, having to strip eggs off the beetroot leaves everyday is onerous).

We’ve also got a regular supply of cucumber coming through.

However, leeks, carrots and beetroot are on a go slow, the latter two are mainly in pots so perhaps that’s part of the problem. We’ll plant more in beds when space comes available. And aubergines were a complete failure.

There’s lots of fruit is appearing on tomato plants (outside and in glasshouse) but we’re a long way off having any to eat. Really looking forward to that glut…

We’ve been lax about pest control and the garden is overrun with snails and slugs (the wet weather making it a heaven for them). They made short work of our lettuces and coriander, and have given everything else a good nibble.

In terms of soft fruits, we did very well with strawberries, but only one of the three raspberry canes we planted fruited, giving about six bland berries in total, the currants decided to take a year off, and the new gooseberry looks like it wants to wait till next year too. However, a stray blackberry bramble has made its way into the back area from a neighbour’s garden, so all is not lost!


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