This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 13 July 2014

holiday...


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Will it be a good year for Courgettes?

The courgette / zucchini plants are growing well and starting to produce lots of flowers. In years past my plants have suffered increasingly from blossom rot where the flowers fall off and don't produce fruits. Recently I read an article that recommended removing the old shrivelled-up flowers once the courgette has been pollinated, to prevent blossom end rot, especially in wet / damp weather - so I must see if this helps. I've five plants & two varieties growing:
Courgette Tondo di Piacenza and
Courgette All Green Bush.


I'm hoping this year will be a good year for courgette harvests! Courgettes are good in stir fries, stuffed, and added to soups and casseroles. They can even be used in cakes and muffins (lots of recipes online).
Above: Two Courgette Tondo di Piacenza plants have been placed in a large pot. The Tondo courgette reach tennis ball size and are described on the seed pack as 'novel fruits with excellent flavour'.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lovin' the Sweetpea

At the Garden Show Ireland this year I bought an impressive large tripod of sweetpea for only £10 (about USA $17) from the students at Greenmount Horticultural College and planted it in a corner of the garden at the end of May. It contains a mixture of pink, purple and white flowering sweetpea and is very attractive indeed!

I've grown sweetpea in the past and it usually ends up a tangled mess. This year, it is also progressing into a tangled plant, however I'm cutting lots of flowers to bring indoors and it looks good in the garden. I'm trying to deadhead regularly, and feed regularly to keep it flowering and healthy-looking for a long period. 

Sweetpea is a lovely garden plant, and it smells quite nice. So glad I purchased it!

Every week I'm bringing fresh sweetpea indoors and the scent is really fab!

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