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

Monday, 29 July 2013

July Veg Update

Lots of veggies ready to harvest this month including some of my favourite easy to grow plants - turnip, courgette, beans and salad fixings. 

Its great to pop out into the garden and have veg for a salad or stir fry - without the need to go to the shops! 

Here's a little snapshot of the veg that's thriving this month...

Left and Below: Turnip 'Purple Top Milan'
Courgette / Zucchini are finally reaching a good size. Although baby courgettes are tasty too.
Below: Courgette (yellow zucchini) 'Soleil F1' is slower to progress.
Above: Bean 'Dwarf Purple Queen', started from seed in April are producing. I like to use them in stir fries.
Below: Dwarf beans grow alongside onions in a raised bed.
Above: Onion 'Stuttgarter' look to be progressing well.
Below: Radish 'Scarlet Globe'.
Above: Chard 'White Silver 2' for stir fry.
Below: More salad ingredients harvested at the weekend. (beetroot, 3 types of lettuce, spring onion, courgette).

On the not so successful side - veg I've been trying to grow but pests keep eating the seedling include pok choi and kohl rabi (however, I'll keep trying)!

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  1. Its great popping out to pick your own dinner, takes a while to prepare but never mind.

  2. Lovely vegetables...especially purple beans. I had them last year. But the bugs ate the seeds I saved for this year so now I have nothing :D

  3. Hi Kelli, interesting to see your yellow courgette, we have the same one and it is not growing to any size either?!I left some on the plant to grow on as I thought but they just rotted at one end.

  4. Great looking veggies, Kelli. I am amazed at all you are growing! Good luck with the pok choi and kohl rabi...maybe you can find something to discourage pest from eating them.

  5. It's a great time of year for harvests and you certainly have a lot to harvest. The only bad point is that because it is hot things are bolting, like the lettuce and the chard, even some beetroot bolted.

  6. A great array of harvests, Kelli. I love July for the sheer variety of good things to eat that are available at this time!