Saturday, 7 July 2012

This Week in the Garden

Well,  I hate going on about the weather.  I'm sure you're all as fed up with it as me, but it must be bad if there's big slugs in our garden.  We NEVER get slugs but I found a few munching on my newly planted Cavolo Nero, broccoli and cauli's :(   I won't use pellets because of Lottie, but how do you dispose of the revolting things?

Other damp casualties are the courgettes that are growing well, but a lot of the fruits are going mouldy before picking.  Same with the squashes that are looking very sorry for themselves



Still, it's not all doom and gloom.  I've picked some courgettes along with lots of mangetout peas and broad beans.  Some of the strawberries were mouldy, but most were ok.  And the raspberries are doing really well.  We had some yesterday with some lemon tart and cream and they were delicious.




Something else that's loving the weather is the mint in the tub by the back door. If we get a dry day (haha!) I'm going to chop it back and try freezing it in portions, otherwise it'll go all leggy and start to flower.


The sweet peas are starting to flower, along with the hollyhocks and I picked my first dahlia flower, but it had been chewed by something, so not very photogenic!



The runner beans (Polestar) are looking pretty and the French beans (Cosse Violette) are finally growing well, though they have really struggled this year.



Finally, some flowers from the garden to brighten your day!


Have a good weekend!
xxx

21 comments:

  1. I think the slugs are the only ones enjoying this weather, I picked up 130 of them in our garden over 2 days. Your crop from the garden looks so good and I would have loved that lemon tart and raspberries!
    It's too heavy to go out and pick any flowers here at the moment so I have enjoyed looking at yours!
    Sarah x

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  2. Hope we can get to the allotment to see what we can harvest today - hoping it stays dry although not doubt we'll need our wellie - in July!

    My guess is earwigs as the culprits nibbling your dahlias.

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  3. You never get slugs?! I see them wending their way up my French doors! My garden is a slug haven and my dog loves it. He tries to bark them to death and if that doesn't work he bring them indoors and pretends he's going to eat them!
    Your garden is beautiful and I love your little jug of flowers, so pretty.
    Happy weekend!

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  4. I do like your photos. How jealous am i of your sweet peas. Mine still look like plug plants. However i hope to start cropping my courgettes over the next couple of weeks and we have also had some raspberries & the odd loganberry. A night time patrol with a bucket of salty water helps me control my slug population.

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  5. I don't have a garden, so can't come up with any useful ideas for getting rid of slugs... though I did hear someone talk about shredding some copper and putting it around the plants - though best to look it up on Google first!
    I loved all the pictures of your garden and you seem to be reaping beautiful things, despite the weather! I've never seen red-brown mangetout before. How smart!
    Your lemon tart looks totally DELICIOUS! Would you be putting up the recipe for that one day?!
    Your flowers are beautiful and I just adore climbing beans with their red flowers, my dad always had them!
    Have a lovely weekend. I heard somewhere that summer was coming to England in September ... of course, it might just be a rumour! If it lasts until Christmas that wouldn't be too bad!

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    1. Sorry Sandra, I should have said, the tart wasn't home made, it was from Sainsbury's! Lazy me :(

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  6. I love photos of your garden - our garden is too small for a vegetable plot but one day ... Slugs are a huge problem here too - they've eaten all my potted french marigolds and another plant pot full of plants but they seem to have left everything else for the time being. I can't stand slugs - they just give me the creeps!
    Have a good weekend - rain and slugs permitting!
    June

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  7. Beautiful garden Debbie! Ooh lemon tart, raspberries and cream - divine!
    Victoria xx

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  8. Your garden is so gorgeous. I wish I knew more about gardening and plants. I love the colours of the flowers in the jug. x

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  9. Lemon tart, raspberries & cream, I'd be in heaven! Did someone once tell me a dish of beer would attract all the slugs away from the plants? I expect the beer would be washed away in all this rain though!

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  10. You know something, I have always been an animal lover, a bit scared of worms (a boy at school used to put them down the back of my blouse! ) but never wished any harm on anything. This all changed when I started to TRY and grow veg! I HATE SLUGS! They eat everything I put out! I had visions of feeding the family with good, wholesome food, instead I am feeding a very healthy slug population! Sorry to rant on but you've opened a 'can of worms'! Ada :)

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    1. Exactly! The thought of collecting them in a bucket turns my stomach :( We have a lot of snails too, but the thrushes make short work of them. I haven't seen our hedgehog recently which might explain the increase in numbers!

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  11. Everything looks so green & pretty, and the veggies look yummy too. Damn those slugs! Our pups bark furiously at them, but that doesn't seem to deter them either! xx

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  12. Your veggies are beautiful and the lemon tart looked yummy. I have read in several gardening books that you can set out a shallow dish of beer in the garden and the slugs are attracted to the yeast in it. Apparently they get drunk and drown. I haven't seen enough slugs in my garden to put it to the test. We are in the middle of a heat wave in Ohio so everything is dried out and crunchy. I will gladly take some rain off of your hands.

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  13. Tu jardín es maravilloso y me gusta especialmente las jardineras.Saludos

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  14. I mainly have a gravel garden apart from m small veg patch; I've never seen slugs in my garden until this year. They've even been eating a chilli plant! My husband collects them before the dog does, I've heard they give dogs a bad reaction. I did pick my first courgettes today about a month late!

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  15. So sorry for the rain. Everything looks so beautiful and tasty! The lemon tart with raspberries looks so yummy! Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

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  16. It's the opposite here - very hot and dry. Slugs are cheap drunks so just fill a small dish with beer and set it in the garden. They'll slide on in and drown so make sure it's not so shallow that they can get out. Then throw out the beer and dead slugs. Just keep repeating this until they're gone. :o)

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  17. Beer traps have always worked for us. We use a 1 litre yog pot half full of beer. Sink it so that the rim is at soil level. Empty regularly and replace beer! Good luck. x

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  18. I too know of the beer recipe for getting those nasty slugs...my Dad used to put out a pie pan of stale beer to attract them...yuck, but then of course you have to deal with the aftermath :(
    Smiles, DianeM

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  19. Hi, Debbie! Love your pictures and your garden as well :o) Your veggies, berries and your lemon tart with raspberries and cream are stunning!
    Have a happy week
    Natasha

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