Archive for Garden
Finally, harvest season. Delicious crisp lettuce, juicy kohlrabi, sweet snow peas and every day one or two ripe strawberries or raspberries. I’ve good hopes that I’ll have some tomatoes and courgette too later in the season. And pretty flowers!
Finally, we have nice weather, so things start to grow and stuff becomes ready to harvest.
A nifty trick: you normally remove the tiny shoots that develop in the axils of tomato plants to prevent the plant from getting too heavy and tipping over, too keep the plant airy, and to keep a maximum of 5 flowering/tomato developing vines. But I always miss some, which then grow out to branches with some flowers, that make me feel bad to snip off. But a while ago someone told me you can take those cuttings and place them in the earth, so that they will root and grow into another plant. So I tried that, and for now it seems to work.
Everything is pretty much the same, it doesn’t grow that well, but doesn’t perish either. I’ve been using my herbs quite a lot, but this week was the first time this year that I could harvest some vegetables: kohlrabi and sugar snaps.
The weather is still confused. It has been very hot for a few days, and now it’s quite cold again. Most plants do reasonably well, but the tomatoes and courgettes still aren’t too happy.
Things go reasonably well in the garden, but it’s a good thing the weather will get better in a few days. Last year I was already harvesting all kinds of vegetables at this time of the year, now it will take at least a few more weeks before things are ready.
The biggest pest at the moment are the numerous blackbirds that live in the neighbourhood. They rummage around in the ground when looking for food, also when there are seedlings there, or where something has been sown. I’ve put sticks in the ground around vulnerable stuff (also helps against cats), but a few things perished. I hope the rest will survive.