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Growing our own July 2014

Here’s our Garden Update for July 2014 –
2014-05-29 15.40.16The salad box permanently visited our compost heap because they just weren’t growing. I blame the lack of water and TLC they received.

Spinach Beet

The Spinach Beet went the same way because this plant bolted also.

We’re onto our third attempt at growing Sunflowers. When replanting them from a flower pot to the soil bed, I almost killed this new attempt also by adversely affecting their roots… But they seem to have sprung back! We’ll see how they do.

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2014-07-21 12.59.02Our spring onions are growing very well and we’ve eaten lots already,

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And are tomatoes are looking promising

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We had a few tasty peas, but then the plant died. This time not due to any salt on my part. I can only assume they died because the pot was far too small for them. We shall try again next year.

2014-07-04 11.12.52 2014-07-04 11.11.10 2014-07-04 11.11.42We’ve picked a few carrots and even gave some to Nana as a present

2014-07-27 11.28.45 2014-07-27 11.47.51In return for the strawberries Nana gave us from her Garden

2014-06-14 10.05.38 We’ve picked the potatoes from one of our 4 growing bags

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A good crop, if some of the potatoes are still a little small.

But something that isn’t small is our butternut squash plant. After several attempts at growing them this year, one of our seedlings survived to become this

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and we’ve even got some flowers. Fingers crossed for a squash or two this year :S

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As for the Brussell Sprouts, most have been eaten by naughty slugs, snails and other pests, but we’ve put a cloche over the strongest looking plant so maybe we’ll get some.

And the big surprise – our baby apple tree seedling!

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That tiny green plant under the cloche is the results of an apple seed I planted, just on a whim. I had an apple from the fridge and noted that the seeds in the middle had actually started sprouting! Only slightly, but it was unusual so I planted the three seeds I found to see what would happen. Two sprouted, but only one survived to more than a few leaves. It was from a Gala apple which is apparently semi self- fertilising, though the plant has to be 5 or 7 years old before it’s old enough to produce apples anyway. I’d never read about fruit trees before – fascinating! I’m just going to let him grow and see what happens.

That’s about all for now. I’ll see what August brings and write again next month :)

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