Saturday, May 26, 2018

05 Jul

Courgettes looking good

Yet again I am amazed at the difference a week can make in the garden. The Surfinia Petunia’s are looking beautiful but unfortunately the Sundaville is still not making much growing progress.

Sundaville

Sundaville

This week the vegetables are starting to look promising. The strawberries have produced loads of flowers which is very exciting. I can’t believe how much my children love picking the strawberries that my own plants have produced (as opposed to the ones from Gardening Direct). Unfortunately they have now eaten them all and there doesn’t appear to be anymore in the pipeline. It is a lovely experience for a mum to watch the kids wanting to pick them and eat them and I am now having to face 2 disappointed faces when they see that the ‘cupboard is bare’.

I did say in an earlier blog that I wasn’t sure whether or not the vegetables would provide enough fresh veg for a family of four. Well hopefully we will be soon eating those words. The courgette plant seems to have the potential to provide a good supply of food. I do have my other courgette plants that I grew from seed and these are also starting to produce, so I imagine that we will soon be eating lots of courgettes.

Courgette (Gardening Direct)

Courgette (Gardening Direct)

The beans have started to flower as have the peppers. The herbs are also doing extremely well and grow even more after I have taken some for my cooking.

Courgette

Courgette

Unfortunately I have noticed a couple of tell tale signs of slugs on my dahlias with some leaves being slightly nibbled round the edges, not decimated just nibbled! I need to spend a bit more time replenishing my slug defence system and the aroma of WD40 will have to overshadow the smell of my Jasmine for a couple of days.

Considering not a single slug pellet has been used I am very pleased with the result and the fact that it has lasted almost a month. I think the problem has occurred where the Dahlia’s have grown so much and their leaves are now touching the wet leaf mulch I have provided for the slugs. Trying to look on the positive side I am putting it down to the slugs becoming confused with their food source rather than them actively seeking to annoy me. I am hoping that all I need to do to keep the blighters off my plants is move the wet leaf mulch further back so that they are away from any of the leaves that are not for eating.

Peppers

Peppers

Basil, Corriander, Parsley and Thyme

Basil, Corriander, Parsley and Thyme

Strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries


Comments

One Comment on "Courgettes looking good"

  1. doreen cocks on Thu, 9th Jul 2009 9:10 am 

    thanks for the tip on slugs i will try the ub40.
    can you tell me what the laterals are on cucumbers is as it tells you to take them off but does not tell you which they are

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