July~ Grow Your Own ~Up date

I hope every one is enjoying Summer as much as I am.. Here in the UK the weather is good .. High temperatures with a mixture of rain is good growing weather. 

So here is my picture Update..

Loganberries

Loganberries

Loganberries Bumper crop

Loganberries Bumper crop

This year has been a great year for loganberries.. Last year we let the new shoots grow as they were cut back the year before.. we tied them high to a frame and then after flowering we netted them to stop the birds from eating them  I have had around 8 punnet’s off and still there are more to be picked

I netted these loganberries to keep little predators at bay

I netted these loganberries to keep little predators at bay

 Remember these Peas I rescued from the main row which didn’t do so well?

Now these peas were rescued by me as these were the only ones from a full row of many that came through. So I transplanted into one place, some are sadder looking than others as they have been nibbled by beetles.. But they will survive... We have another long row recently planted.

Now these peas were rescued by me as these were the only ones from a full row of many that came through. So I transplanted into one place, some are sadder looking than others as they have been nibbled by beetles.. But they will survive… We have another long row recently planted.

Well this is how they look now, the peas pods are filling out and in about a week I think we may have our first crop of peas

I have Pods on these peas

I have Pods on these peas

Peas second planted row

Peas second planted row

Above you can see the wired row of the second rows we planted of peas.. they haven’t done as well as last years crops, a bit hit and miss. After the rain we saw the prints of a pigeon had got under the mesh and had enjoyed taking his pick.. But that’s gardening, You win some and lose some..  🙂  

Courgettes

Courgettes

The courgettes are doing well too.. even though the leave have slight mildew due to the humid weather, I have had some lovely little courgettes off which I have used raw in salads which you can see better below

Courgettes in close up

Courgettes in close up

The Dwarf beans are growing nicely as are the runner beans which are in flower

The Dwarf beans are growing nicely as are the runner beans which are in flower

Beetroot and carrots

Beetroot and carrots

Here is the later beetroot we planted which was just weeded and thinned out.. the other rows watered are two rows of carrots and leeks .We are already pulling beetroot which we use in salads and make a delicious smoothie drink with in the morning which we have at breakfast.

more beets, onions, swedes and more beets we stager the sowing of the beets so they don’t all come at once..

Long veiw of crops

Long view of crops

Anther view

Red cabbage in the foreground and Sweet corn growing in the background

Purple cauliflower

Purple cauliflower

Now this is my pride and joy.. its only small at the moment you can see hubby’s thumb.. and we only have two.. We set the seeds but out of many they didn’t germinate ..

The broccoli too are doing great

Broccoli

Broccoli

Here is what we harvested yesterday 

Harvested for dinner and desert

Harvested for dinner and desert From Left to Right. Potatoes~ Loganberries~ Courgettes~ Rainbow Chard~ Dahlia’s and Sweet-peas

The flowers are doing well, except we have lots of black fly on the Dahlia’s

 

Dahlia

Dahlia

But I have had some lovely cut flowers, which was why I planted in the the allotments

But I have had some lovely cut flowers, which was why I planted in the the allotments

flowers

 

And here are the sweet peas

My sweet-peas in the allotments.. they are much stronger plants than in my garden they have produced lots of bunches of sweetpeas I have already picked

My sweet-peas in the allotments.. they are much stronger plants than in my garden they have produced lots of bunches of sweetpeas I have already picked

Picking Sweet-peas, The more you pick the more flowers that they produce

Picking Sweet-peas, The more you pick the more flowers that they produce

And arrange on the hearth

Flowers indoors

Flowers indoors

Next time I will be sharing my Home Garden blooms..

Enjoy your Summer. 

~Sue~

 

 

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44 thoughts on “July~ Grow Your Own ~Up date

  1. Ooh… I’ve never been here before Sue! It’s like a little hidden Aladdin’s Cave!
    Your allotment looks stunning… and your harvest amazing! And that purple cauliflower is a little gem! I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life! You most definitely have the magic touch.

    I’m very pleased that you introduced me to Dreamwalker’s Garden.

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    • Tom I am so pleased you found our Aladdin’s Cave 🙂 and yes these Purple Cauliflowers are new to us.. but out of around 12 seeds we set only two germinated… So it will be interesting to eat.. I hope it doesn’t turn back to a normal colour when you cook it.. Like Purple flowering broccoli does… It turns green when cooked…
      Good to see you. Sue x

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  2. Oh, I’m so jealous! Our soil here is predominantly clay and what does grow is nibbled by the deer if not protected. We have a 30 ft square vegetable garden that is behind a deer fence but long neglected before we moved in.

    All of which might be translated into an invitation for your both to come and stay with us! 😉

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    • Paul Both Hubby and I laughed when I read out your comment… 🙂 hope you may pick up some gardening tips across the pond LOL.. and the trick is clearing a small patch first then maintaining it and working your way through your 30 feet. Sounds like you need some good Horse manure in there.. Now that should do the trick. 🙂 And be Noooooooo problem for you 🙂

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        • Yes Horse manure is perfect.. very rich in nutrients and will help your soil become more enriched.. Autumn digging it in will be perfect .. And one thing you have in your favour Paul is persistence LoL .. Thank you for the offer of the two spades.. :-D…. but we have enough with our own 165ft x 45ft plot 🙂 haha…. Keep saving that horse manure so it rots well down .. 🙂 I used to go collecting Horse manure on my walks LOL.. always carry a little trowel and plastic bag in my back pack along country lanes.. Very good for the rose garden and sweetpeas…
          Though my sweetpeas this year are on the old compost pile which hubby dug out and we now have the squash etc on there.
          Happy Digging!!! or better still if you have a Rotavator.. 🙂

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            • Haha…. I think customs may not let our excess baggage into Britain LOL.. But seriously yes a good second hand Rotavator is just the job .. Pity we’re not neighbours Paul.. we could have lent you ours 🙂 Good talking to you both 🙂

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  3. Don’t forget to add the beetroot leaves to your smoothies, they add a heap of nutrition and are very similar to Swiss chard (we call it Silverbeet here). I have to deal with our resident (FAT) rat before I can get Sanctuary up and ready for our rapidly approaching season. Nature thinks it is spring already and we have jonquils and daffies out and the ash has put out new leaves. I might think about planting some tomato seeds soon and it is officially only the middle of winter! We get the heat but not the rain to go with it here. We are more Mediterranean in climate so we have to make sure to keep water up to the garden. I need to remove the rat from the equation though as he (and no doubt his family) ate almost everything from our last season including the bumper crop of tomatoes! Not this time bucko! Cheers for sharing your lovely photos Sue, they have cheered me up no end 🙂

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    • Hi Fran.. we had what we refer to by ourselves as a ‘Long Tail’ lol.. and had one or two around a couple of years ago… He and friends went along the potatoe row it must have been huge as you could see teeth marks as they gnawed away. After the allotment a few doors down got rid of their hens they dissipated .. I am sure they are around.. ( always a few feet away we are told lol ) but have not been a problem for the last two years.. Thank fully..
      And thank you for the reminder about the Beet leaves.. I eat in salads and forget I can add to smoothies too… so big thank you there.. 🙂 xxx Waste not want not.. 🙂

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    • Hi Kim lovely to see you here in my Gardening World, 🙂 Thank you, its far from a farm Lol.. but its enough for us to grow our food and store for over winter etc.. The plot is aprox 165ft long by aprox 45ft wide. And keeps us both busy Spring and Summer..
      Its also good that many younger people are now taking up allotment plots and starting to grow organic veggies again.. 🙂
      Hope all is well with you.. And I am working my way around visiting.. 🙂 sending Lots of Love your way xxx Hugs Sue xxx

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  5. Hi Sue,
    I’d hadn’t checked the other comments, so I don’t know if anyone else already mentioned this. I am just visiting your beautiful garden blog today. My husband and I lived up North in Santa Cruz, CA for about a year’s time – about 2 and 1/2 years ago now. It was then that we learned that Loganberries were accidentally created there, in Santa Cruz, California, in 1883, by the American lawyer and horticulturist James Harvey Logan (1841–1928). The jams were so good up there 🙂 I miss Northern California often and the redwoods. I would visit them often. Your hearth is beautiful, I might add. The sweet pea flowers have a special energy to them. Have another beautiful day! Love, Ka

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    • Dear Ka..
      You have taught me something new.. I love that. I was not aware of how the Loganberry came into being.. And I am freezing loads at the moment and intend to make jam out of it.. And lots of Pies 🙂

      I had a beautiful day.. we have our granddaughter always sleep over on a Monday as her Mum works part time and its too early to go and pick her up as her parents both leave home early.. She goes to pre-school in the afternoons and her Mum picks her up after work Tues after we give her an evening meal.

      Today we have been playing, creating, dancing, hula-hooping and checking on the pressed flowers.. A surprise for her mum we have install for later in the year when we are going to make something for her.

      So Yes had a really Lovely day ❤ 🙂 Big hugs your way.. and thank you again.. .. Sue

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  6. Such a wonderful garden! I love gardening but have a very small area to grow things on, mostly flowers. I have two pallet rims with sallad, pas, carrots and beetroots…
    Glad to be able to see what you have been up to and to see the result:)
    Summer is such a wonderful time!

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    • Thank you so much for visiting 🙂 and I am pleased you are able to grow salads, carrots, beetroot etc.. And Yes Summer is to be enjoyed for sure.. 🙂 And thank you so much for following my Gardening Blog.. xxx Hugs Sue xx

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    • Thank you Deb.. yes I love Harvest time.. Was in the allotments at 6-30am this morning planting some more chard and weeding.. Picked more loganberries and beetroot, Life is good. 🙂 And Good to see you here also Deb.. Thank you for dropping in.. 🙂

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    • Haha… thank you Maria… well these hands were nettled this morning, and I have a few insect bites on my arm too.. one I think is a spider bite as it came up quite large.. but I dowsed it with Tea-tree oil and its going down now. So pleased you are here among the veggies 🙂

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  7. Two things I have learnt from your post Sue, one is that there is such a vegetable as Courgette, which I will now have to google, the other is that there is such a thing as purple cauliflower.
    The gardens are great and it’s easy to see a lot of work has gone into them, and also through your writing, a lot of enjoyment has come out of them.

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    • We love them Ian, and I hope you found time to google them.. Hope you tried courgettes recipes on images, you can see the many ways to cook them.. We also like them sliced very thinly like ribbons raw in salad covered in a little salad dressing.. 🙂
      The purple cauliflower is now eaten Ian.. We had some raw in a salad.. which was nice then the remainder steamed.. It also kept its colour and we used the water juices to make gravy.. A picture is coming up soon when I picked them. 🙂

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  8. Hi Sue! I found your photos of the loganberries (up close!) and to me they look like elongated raspberries. I can imagine they taste delicious! It was fun to read through all the comments, as then I learned the history of the loganberry as well – fascinating! Your purple cauliflower has a popular appeal, and I will add myself to the list of admirers here. Plus, at home I often make smoothies – we love them! – and I read that you make one with beetroot in it, which I would be very interested in trying out, if you have a recipe to share? And yes, adding in the greens has bonus appeal. 🙂 A lot of love and passion and work is reflected in the beauty and health of your vegetable garden, Sue. I look forward to reading more of your gardening stories.

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    • Michaela , thank you for taking the time to drop by and to follow. I am happy you found out more about the Loganberries.. And yes they are delicious, And I thank you for the compliments upon our allotments.. It keeps us busy during the Spring Summer and Autumn months.. wishing you a good week.. Sue

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    • Hi dear LG.. We lift our Dahlias in the autumn and store to keep frost free during winter. We planted them again in the beginning of May.. They are now all sprouting again.. So I hope yours have survived.. They can stay in the ground if its milder where you live .. Down south I know they are kept in all year long. But further North they often perish due to the cold frosts under ground.. and rot ..
      xxx

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