Garden – June Update

Well things are busy in the garden this month but at least we are reaping some of the benefits. We’ve been enjoying broccoli from the greenhouse from over wintered plants, which are being gradually cleared out and replaced by cucumbers and tomatoes, and also a few early beans. We’ve also had a few early strawberries, and the first courgette is just coming.

In the polytunnel things are getting a bit overgrown, as the early potatoes need to start coming out. The broadbeans have cropped well and we are enjoying them for dinner. The mange tout seem to have suffered from our recent dry and sunny spell as I think they prefer cooler conditions, so leaves are looking a bit yellow but they are still producing peas.

Outside plums are forming as are some pears and apples – though I am a bit concerned that the pears are already looking a bit scabby.

In the vegetable garden things are a little slow. Cabbages though have benefited from the warm weather as there has been minimum slug damage. Beans and onions are just coming slowly. I am gradually catching up with weeding but they seem to continue to grow!!

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24 thoughts on “Garden – June Update

  1. Julie

    Whenever you talk about your polyunnel, I wish I had one too, are the potatoes in the ground or bags? And have you got crushed egg shells around your brassicas? I have just ripped out a batch of kale, not slugs but pigeons. A garden I worked in this morning has just put up four dummy owls that have done a great job of scaring off pigeons from pooping by the front door.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I grow the early potatoes in the ground in the tunnel – so taking up lots of room now! Yes those are egg shells around the brassicas – doesn’t stop all slug attacks but does seem to help. Pigeons were a problem when we had allotment in the UK – we ended up netting a lot of things, but dummy owls or even hawks sound like a good idea!

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      1. Julie

        I only grow a handful of brassicas for my husband as currently I have an overactive thyroid and was told by the hospital to stop eating them for a year or so, hurrah when it comes to Brussel sprouts but I love Kale. I need to be disciplined with netting which I have but didn’t store very well last winter. In the meantime a dummy Hawk sounds good!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I had some “bought” broccoli the other day and it was tasteless – it really does make a difference growing your own:)

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  2. gaiainaction

    Delightful garden, you have a lot coming on already. It does make a difference doesn’t it when it is dry, there are not half the amount of slugs around. Is that egg shell I see around the cabbage plants?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes, egg shells around the brassicas. It works to a degree. It looks like our dry spell will be coming to an end so I wonder what the slugs will do!?!

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      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        That is hat I am thinking – we had light rain today but more forecast for Sunday so must be vigilant!

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  3. aranislandgirl

    As I write this it’s raining here, and hopefully up your way also. The sunshine and heat has been amazing for growth but the time spent watering is brutal. Your peas look fab as do your courgettes.
    And broccoli, wow!! I get so lazy in winter and don’t sow things like that, regrettably now that I see yours. Birds are a menace to our brassicas also so netting is a must.
    Nice to see your garden growing so beautifully…thanks for sharing!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Rain has returned here too and lower temperatures. I net my brassicas too not because of birds but to keep the white butterflies from laying their eggs, but I know from when we had an allotment in the UK birds can be a real pain!

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      1. aranislandgirl

        Yes, the butterflies are a nuisance also. Last year was the first year we didn’t net thinking we would inspect and pick off eggs as we saw them, but the birds! We didn’t see that coming; they totally munched our new plants to skeletons, and all in a days time.

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