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This past month has been quite a slow time in my garden. That's quite ok with me because I know in just a little while, it will be full-steam ahead.
The cooler weather is just right for tidying up and doing the heavier chores. Our empty compost bays have now had a good clean up and are ready and waiting for action. Only one bay is full at the moment and I'll turn it this week or next. There's never enough compost!
- the last of the limes (that are looking like lemons)
- 1 lonely broccoli (but more are on the way)
Purple sprouting broccoli are starting to tease with loads of little sprouts. I just hope that they don't succumb to some sort of bug. They look good so far and I'm looking forward to them.
Lettuce are doing really well. The crunch of a good-old Iceberg is nice but the cut and come again varieties are my favourite to grow.
Cauliflowers are going from strength to strength. Plenty of lovely white heads ready or almost ready and my successive sowings are coming along to replace the spent plants. Sometimes it all works well... sometimes.
- not much at all
- potted up some small scented geranium plants
- nothing new in the vegetable garden
To-do in August
- sow seeds
- turn compost
- gather manure
- source mulch
- avoid bee stings (2 stings on the face on Thursday...ouch)