I am not going to take you another tour as I did last month just show you what has changed and grown.
The view from the gate has changed. The honeysuckle is now in flower and has the most wonderful aroma as you walk past it. It is as unruly as it looks, it gets a severe haircut every year but still. The Rowan/Mountain Ash tree behind it is now in berry, a beautiful orange shade which will ripen to a deep red by the autumn.
My herb bed is producing in abundance, everyday I am out here picking for meals often twice a day. I have plans, in the next week, to start picking to dry herbs as well as to soak in oils for eating and medicinal purposes. You can see the tallest of the sunflower plants just off centre in the photo. It is in bed which is slightly higher than the herbs so it is not as tall as you might expect. The flower head is appearing but is not quite there yet, I suspect I shall miss its display as I am away for two weeks at the end of the month!
I planted out my broad bean seedlings and they have more than doubled in size this month. They are covered in flowers so I hope we will have some beans to harvest soon.
The french beans have also grown considerably in size. They have yet to produce any flowers, I do hope that they are not growing tall to the detriment of bearing fruit........
In the polytunnel the cucumbers are growing really well, all six plants are producing several fruits.
The courgettes on the other hand are big plants with plenty of flowers but the few fruits that do appear are not growing very well, I am going to give them a feed this week to see if that helps.
The beetroot seedlings are growing really well. I haven't been able to get beetroot to germinate over the last couple of years. It is one of my favourite vegetables so I am really pleased to have these plants this year, even if they will only supply us with one or two meals.
The kale seeds that I sowed at the beginning of July have germinated and started to grow. Just need to keep those pesky slugs and snails at bay!
I have harvested three pounds of gooseberries and eight of blackcurrant this month. We have continued to enjoy a continuous supply of salad leaves and have eaten most of the pok choi plants that I shared last month, they were delicious! I have already sown more in the hope that they will have enough time before the light starts to go to grow into big enough plants to harvest. This is the first year I have grown this plant after getting some in a veg box a couple of years ago. Now I know how quickly they grow and are ready to harvest I will sow less at a time and more often to ensure a more steady supply.
What was growing in your garden in July?