Western Isles Gardening
June Garden Page
Hi everyone. Well after a long month of sunshine and having to water the garden daily the weather is back to its usual June wind and rain. At least now I can catch up with some of my indoor projects.
I have to admit that I haven’t had the time for much gardening this month as I have had a stream of visitors and my attention has been towards them and gallivanting around the island. Though I did get them to help with the watering and some planting out, well you do have to make the most of willing hands!
The garden is full now and not quite in full bloom, another month should see it in all its glory. It is so good to be eating fresh food out of the garden again and there are still many delights yet to come. I have been given some more tomato plants again this year, even though every year without fail I say, “never again” as I get fed up with green tomato chutney! But I just cannot say no to free plants!
I was also given a courgette plant but I really don’t think it’s going to do much, especially if we don’t get another long spell of sunshine.
The aubergine plants in the greenhouse look healthy enough but no sign of any fruits yet; again they need another good dose of those solar rays.
My potatoes in old compost sacks seem to be doing fine. I keep filling them up with grass cuttings and old compost out of the trays. I had a reasonable crop last year even though they were neglected while I was away.
Another space and time saving thing I did was to grow cut and come again salad in seed trays and then when they were ready to harden off I placed the trays as they were into fish boxes that had about 6” of soil in them. That way the lettuces could carry on growing pushing their roots out of the trays and into the soil. They didn’t grow big, but then I was eating them too fast for them to get very big and as long as I did successional sowing I have had enough to keep me going.
Well we can only wait and see what the weather brings for July, lets hope it is a bit more sunshine.
Happy Midsummer to you all.
Callanish, June 2008
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