I realised the other day how few craft related posts I’m doing at the moment because I’m spending so much time in the garden.
At the moment our garden is beyond parched. We haven’t had rain in 2 weeks so the soil is very hard and the grass has turned to straw. Surprisingly, most of our plants seem to be fairing well despite my slap dash watering.
It’s my first year growing chillies. We have 4 chilli plants – I can’t tell you exactly varieties they are because I sowed the seeds and then muddled up the pots before I got a chance to label them (smart!). So I’ve labelled them according to what I think they are. Three of the four plants seem to be doing well and have produced chillies. They’ve had a small amount of flower drop but generally they seem happy.
The third plant seems to be having real problems setting fruit. The flower stems go yellow, start to dry up and drop off. Not one of the flowers has started to grow into a chilli. They are planted outdoors in the ground rather than pots. I’ve tried pollinating the flowers by hand with a paintbrush. One flower looked like it was starting show the first signs of a chilli and then also went yellow and dropped off. Does anyone know what would be causing this? I don’t think I’m overwatering so I’m really not sure what else it could be. The top of this plant is very green and healthy so it seems odd that it’s having such problems producing chillies.
Everything has come into flower which means we have had flowers in the house again. Flowers aren’t something I buy very often so I look forward to this time of year when I can just go and get some from the garden.
I found some flowers growing elsewhere in the garden that looked like white bluebells so I picked a load and put them in a pot on the table. The only trouble was the whole living room started to smell of onions so they had to go.
We were given a tray of geraniums again this year and they are all flowering and looking beautiful.
Last year I planted my hydrangea in the flower bed my neighbour gave me but it’s never really been happy there. I think it’s a combination of too much sun and sandy, nutrient poor soil. It now sits in a large pot of compost in the shade which has helped it sprung back to life. It’s covered with flowers with lots of new growth.
This is the first year I’m seed saving. I got a great book for Christmas called Seedswap: The Gardener’s Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds. It inspired me to get started on a seed bank for home.
I harvested some wild garlic seeds a month ago and I’m also saving chive seeds. I bought the chive plants at a farmer’s market so I’m not sure if they were grown from true or hybrid (F1) seeds. If they are hybrids, the seeds may not grown next year but at least it gives me a chance to perfect my seed saving technique (no mould etc) on seeds that aren’t that important. I have so many of them – each head produces dozens of seeds.
And today I found a grasshopper on the sage. They seem to like this spot in the garden and use to live in the bergamot bush that use to be planted where sage now grows.
There are more flowers than vegetables in our vegetable garden compared to June. Now the chillies are growing, I have moved my focus away from the strawberries and lettuce for a change. And that’s my roundup of July!