Weather has been dry here in July. There have been a few days where the sky is overcast and dark with rain looking promising… but no rain! It has also been windy this month and these conditions are causing my veggies to look sad and droopy during the day.
We also had frost in July, which has affected the bottom third of one of my veggie patches – I lost a few tomato seedlings and nasturtiums. This is the first winter I have had my veggie patch in this spot, so I’m now aware of where the frost hits.
Even though it is winter, my eggplants have still been producing. With the last of my eggplants, I finally got to make some Baba Ganoush dip, which is the reason why I grew eggplants in the first place. It was easy to make and was a tasty snack to have with some crackers, carrot and celery sticks for afternoon tea.
We have sown two types of carrots in July – Nantes and Thumbelina. We covered them up with some micromesh material to give the carrots some warmth to help with germination. I have grown Nantes carrots before and they germinated in less than a week. However, the Thumbelina variety (which I have not grown before) hasn’t germinated yet, so I’m not sure if they will take a bit longer – time will tell!
We had loads of speckled seedlings to prick out this month. These were the seeds in a soil filled shoebox that Akasha brought home from school on the last day of term. After watering the box almost daily, the seedlings emerged and some were big enough to prick out. Akasha and I ended up sowing directly into the ground, as the box had been out in the elements.
Because we had quite a few speckled lettuce seedlings, I decided to sow some in between the Thumbelina carrot rows. We will hopefully get a nice small crop of specked lettuce. If the Thumbelina carrot seeds don’t germinate, I will let the lettuce grow a bit bigger.
The windy weather in July caused my snowpea tripod to fall down. I hadn’t secured the tripod that well and it has held up with some of the windy days. However, there was this one day in July where the wind gusts were super strong and the tripod fell over! I did try to put it back up – Luckily, most of the snowpeas plants hadn’t been ripped out of the ground, so I was able to rescue them… except one, which didn’t like the shock of falling over. It ended up shriveling away.
In July, Daikon Radishes appeared in my veggie patch, as the seeds are in the benefical bug mix that I sow. I have never eaten these radishes, but after googling some recipes, I might have to give them a try.
There is a quick rundown of what has been happening in my veggie patch this month. For more regular updates, don’t forget to Like our Facebook page.
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