It finally felt like summer in the garden – in between a few tropical downpours.
The garden came alive with butterflies too fast to identify, bees buzzing around the blooms, spuds sprouting, garlic growing and wildflowers waking up. The sun shone and the garden was a hot place to be hoeing and then a short reprieve with the odd heavy sun shower to cool us off. We had the rather unpleasant task of trying out our new homemade fertiliser potion.
We’d cut some comfrey and put it in a bucket of water weighted down for three weeks; the smell was unearthly and not for the faint hearted or stomached, which hopefully means it’ll give the crops a boost of nutrients and nourishment. Trying to keep on top of the weeds, who are also loving the wet warm weather, and keeping an eye out for the first of the tatties to decide they’re ready for digging up and making more soup.
Our wildflower and herb areas are looking good and slightly more distinguished now they’ve been cleared out quite a bit. The wildflower area planted at the bottom of the garden back in September is looking alive too.
We managed to collect some red campion seeds already. One of our fruit bushes has come under attack from green fly, black fly, earwigs, white fly, you name it, it’s attacking! With our organic approach to the garden it was quickly treated with a solution of soapy water, so fingers crossed. Hasn’t appeared to affect the fruit though, phew! We can still make jam when the time comes…
As usual, a huge thanks to all the volunteers who come along and give their time to keep the garden in shape and on top of the weeds, as well as West Lothian Council who kindly come in and cut the grass – our wee push mower, and those who push it, is very grateful! Pictures say it best however:
Time to buzz off now…but keeping an eye out for more sunny summertime…