Sunday, 31 August 2008

Post-Olympics Gardening

It's a long time since my last post and I could say I haven't done much gardening because of the weather, but in truth I have spent a lot of time glued to the TV, watching the olympics. Between that and the necessity of working to earn a living, there hasn't been much time for the garden.

Well, it's the last day of August now and the "summer", such as it was, is feeling over now. While it wasn't as bad as last year, we have had a lot of rain and the consequences have been the loss of lettuces, herbs, parsnips, flowers and even some leeks to slugs. But the frogs and toads have had a great year - I've seen a couple of adult toads and one juvenile, plus yesterday I saw lots of baby froglets hopping around on my vegetable plot - I hope they will grow up to eat lots of pesky critters for me. Let's hope September is drier and sunnier - the flowers, tomatoes and pumpkins certainly need it.

Still, I have managed to harvest some herbs - I'm completely self-sufficient in mint, sage, and rosemary. No thyme this year as one bush died and the other needed serious pruning. Here is a picture of bunches of sage and mint drying on my curtain rail. These will last me to next summer.

Last week I planted out all the leeks, there were more than 100 so it took a couple of hours. I have lost a few small ones to the slugs since then, but with all the rain the bulk of them are doing well. I'm determined to get ahead for next year's season, so now I'm concentrating on weeding and tidying - got the strawberry bed straight and rediscovered paving under the grass. I'm hoping to get the summer pruning done if we get a few dry days in a row ... if! Then it's on to the flower beds and round the house.

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