Posted in June 2010

Hop off

Hop off

I am relatively relaxed about the appearance of ‘cuckoo spit’ on the plants in the garden. This froth is created by the froghopper from the plant’s sap, to protect the nymph during growth and retain moisure. It is relatively harmless unless it occurs on the growth tip of the plant, where sucking the sap can … Continue reading

Snap

Snap

The snapdragons are blooming.

Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

I spotted (if you’ll pardon the pun) these two ladybirds travelling along the flowers on our maincrop potatoes one evening this week. Are these our native British species, or the invasive harlequin ladybird? I think that the patterning on the spotted ladybird strongly indicates that we have intruders in our garden. I have sent a … Continue reading

Growing Garlic

Growing Garlic

Things were a bit of a muddle here last autumn. And so I must confess to not being entirely sure which garlic we’re growing this year. It’s also the first time that we’ve grown garlic, so another learning curve for us.

I’ve become fairly certain that it is a hardneck type of garlic, as will become clear, and that turns out to be the most important thing. Although I’m almost sure that it is variety Purple Wight… which should make the bulbs tinged with purple when we harvest them later in the summer. Continue reading

Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf

Well more of a green dwarf at the moment, but if the good weather continues it won’t be long until I’m harvesting lots of (hopefully) juicy cherry tomatoes from my Minibel plants. I grew these dwarf tomato plants from free seeds included with a Gardener’s World magazine in the spring, to supplement our usual greenhouse … Continue reading

First Earlies

First Earlies

We are sadly starting to come towards the end of our first early potatoes. Every night for weeks we have been digging up a plant or two, giving the tubers a quick wash before plunging them into a pan of boiling water on the stove for a few minutes until they start to soften, and … Continue reading

Take heart

Take heart

The sunflowers are starting to shape up… Sunflower: Giant Russian

Fresh pickings

Fresh pickings

Our first planting of mangetout peas have grown into strapping plants, covered in beautiful purple flowers and trailing drunkenly over the willow sticks and bamboo canes that are supporting them. This week they are starting to crop nicely too. Pea: Carouby De Maussane