Friday, January 29, 2016

This Week in The Garden: Hot Weather and Happy Harvests

It has been sticky sizzler of a week in the garden, with hot humid weather making it thoroughly unpleasant to do the garden chores.  I grudgingly weeded the veggie patch but the rest of the garden looking straggly and weedy indeed.  Powdery mildew has also snuck into pockets of the garden between the need for watering and the humid ambient conditions, but I am working on it! On the positive, as long as they have enough water to keep thriving, our plants are putting out a fine mini-harvest.  With such a small urban plot, we rarely have an abundance of anything (haha - except perpetual spinach and the apocalypse radishes!), but we have plenty of herbs, the companion planted onion is providing a steady supply of lovely fresh spring and little (still growing fat) red onions for the kitchen, and I have been snacking on a steady stream of little veggies and berries.

Many of my summer flowers, those not pruned for another flush of blooms, have gone to seed making the weed flower beds look even more unkempt as I wait for them to be ready for collection. I don't really mind - there is something beautiful in many of the seed pods, especially the gigantic poppy heads and bulging nigella pods.  The bees have done excellent work this year - I'm think about building a little bee house, does anyone out there have one?  Do they enjoy it?

What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.  

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