Gardening Magazine

July Recap (1 of 2)

By Chrryblossomtat2
It's official, July in Northern Ireland sucked, it was the worst since 1993 - the good old BBC News has the story here.
But still we struggle on and heck, it makes you appreciate those sweeter moments of sunshine and the sparkle off the plants....We're due more rain today sadly but at least not as bad as the weekend when the thunder and thick rain (each drop like a bucket of water being chucked down by the angry sky Gods) caused us to abort our time at the allotment and run."Run RUN! grab everything, take the dog!"
For this July allotment recap, my photos seem a bit odd, but obviously I only took ones when it was actually sunny! Most are from the weekend past but here are a few from the 13th when the heat was too much for Toby -  hiding under the potato buckets...
My Toby - ~ an ecotherapy blog
And Andrew lifted the garlic and got it drying on the bench :)
Lifting the garlic - ~ an ecotherapy blog
*** Anyway Saturday on the plot ***
The plot (right hand side) - ~ an ecotherapy blogOk, it was our own fault, there's no denying it; the plot was coming down with weeds. However, we were in the mood to destroy and reclaim so things started off well.
Climbing beans - ~ an ecotherapy blogThis first bed with the legumes in it is giving me a little heartache. The climbing beans are doing well and we've had a good few dinners with them included so far.
Dwarf borlotti beans- ~ an ecotherapy blog
Broad beans - ~ an ecotherapy blogThe dwarf borlotti are happy enough but the broad beans - oh dear. They are not happy, not even the ones that were directly sown and seemed happier and stronger a few weeks ago. We had to pull some of worst ones out and saw that they hadn't even spread their roots out into the ground; they were barely in the ground. Plus those that were doing OK and had beans have had them eaten by birds or slugs or any one of the damned pests we have in our field. It's not looking good, apart from the one above which is only slightly damaged.
Sweetcorn details - ~ an ecotherapy blog Squash details - ~ an ecotherapy blog The sweetcorn and squashes are looking great though. I just love taking photos of them, such texture, colours and oh, those twirly tendrils. So much detail to get absorbed in and be in awe off.
thundery rain coming - ~ an ecotherapy blog Things were going great, I even spent 30 mins at the plot alone! But when Andrew had just got back from the landscaping shop with wood for a new path we were confronted with this! Thunder and downpours galore; we had quickly pack up everything, grab our potato harvest (which was great but I didn't get to photograph it) and to run to the car. Soaked.
The rest tomorrow, my loves

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