The 21st June – summer solstice. A cool, cloudy day here in Western Ireland, more reminiscent of early May. Still I often think of this day as half way through the year and with each year time seems to fly.
The new flower garden is progressing but I think will take a couple of years to fill out – still we are enjoying the first of the lupins and one or two delphiniums. I’m cheating by just giving some closeups as the overall effect is still far off.
It’s been a busy few days in the vegetable garden. Nearly all the brassicas are planted out now – cauliflowers, cabbages, spouting and perennial broccoli. We’ve covered most with netting to discourage the white butterflies, though amazingly you can still watch them try and get their way though the netting.
The first squash I planted out did not fair well due to cold temperatures and slug damage – so these have been replace and surround by a circle of crushed egg-shells and an organic shop-bought slug gel that is supposed to deter the wee beasties. So far so good. I have surrounded some of the brassicas with the same ‘fairy circles’ as I am calling them. In the photo below you can see some pebbles that my four year old daughter decided to add for good measure.
In the greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers are all planted out but slow enough to get going. In the polytunnel the early Charlotte potatoes are awaiting harvesting while the outside ones are growing slowly and still being earthed up. We’re enjoying the first broad beans from the tunnel and they are flowering outside . We’ve had a couple of courgettes from the plant in the greenhouse, while the ones in the tunnel and outside are still small. The greenhouse one has also benefited from a big helping of compost!
The runner beans are out too and could do with a rest from this year’s relentless cold wind. Still they are growing as are the mangetout. We’re harvesting those in the polytunnel and the first are just appearing outside too.
Wishing you all a good solstice, and productive and happy gardening.