This week my sweetpeas are flowering beautifully around my arch and they smell gorgeous when I brush past them.
The bees are regular visitors now to the flowers in the garden and I am really pleased with this. Unfortunately my Jack Russell is an excellent ‘bee catcher’ and I have to watch her like a hawk as she actually manages to catch them in her mouth and chews them before spitting them out….I really don’t know why she doesn’t get stung!
The bees have been enjoying the flowers on my chives, but as the flowers are now going over I decided this week to remove them so they don’t self seed everywhere.
By chopping the chives to an inch off the ground, the chives will regrow and give me another crop later on in the summer:
My comfrey has been growing very well this year and the bees have also been been loving these flowers too. Unfortunately the comfrey has started to lean all over my runnerbeans and so I decided to cut some of it down, but I have still left some of it at the back:
Comfrey can be used to make a comfrey tea to feed fruit and flowers, or it can be chopped up and put on the compost heap to act as a compost activator, however this time I chose to place it around my potatoes as a mulch. The comfrey will break down and I will dig it into the soil when I have harvested my potatoes:
This week I have been planting lettuces again. Unfortunately I lost a few lettuces to slugs in our recent wet weather, so I filled the gaps with new ones:
I then decided to use an old bit of guttering along our fence to grow lettuces in, so I bought some clips and attached it to the fence. I am not sure how they will grow, but if they grow well then I will be very pleased….I will let you know.
I have also continued to tie up my outdoor tomatoes and remove any side shoots:
And I have started to tie up my outdoor cucumbers (burpless tasty green). These cucumbers are already doing better than last year:
My courgettes and patty pans are also doing better than last year too:
And I have noticed I have my first butternut squash growing too. I am growing the plant in a large pot this year and tying it up my washing line post as it grows. This is a trial so I am keeping my fingers crossed it works:
In my greenhouse the slugs have unfortunately destroyed two of my basil plants and I caught the culprit still eating them! Luckily I still had a couple of plants left over so I could replace them:
However my moat with my radish in is working well…..I found a dead snail in the water and my radish is untouched!
My strawberries are growing well and I’m picking a few every day:
And I am also picking my broadbeans as well now:
So overall it’s been a good week in the garden.
This week in the house:
This week I have continued sorting my kitchen cupboards as I never completed this job previously. I washed all the food containers and boxes and replaced the contents neatly:
I also sorted all my storage boxes in my pantry too, so I now know where everything is and I feel more organised:
I also decided to give some of my recipe books to our local charity shop as I never use them…..I feel much better for doing this and my cupboard looks better for it too:
Now my eldest daughter has finished her A-levels and my youngest daughter had just one exam left (which she took today), I decided to reclaim my kitchen. My girls tidied away their workbooks and revision guides and I spent the week giving everything a really good clean.
The kitchen has been great for my daughters to work and revise in and I have tried very hard not to nag them to clear away their books over the last few weeks……. but now it feels good to have a clean and tidy kitchen and some order in our lives again:
Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back next Friday as usual. Have a great weekend.