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A quick July garden update

by Clare Mansell
A quick July garden update

July though the best of month’s for gardens is also often one of the busiest of months for bloggers. As the school holidays start and a round of summer activities begins it’s easy to let the momentum slip. So today’s update is a brief one, more than anything to serve as a record of our progress for me next year.

This summer we’ve had the biggest success yet with growing veges in our garden. Our first attempt (3 years ago) met with disaster when all my seedlings were eaten in one night by the local rabbits. We sat one summer out completely, then last year we tried planting stuff higher up and successfully grew lettuces in window boxes.

A few months ago we took elevated growing to a whole other level with the purchase of our first vegtrug. Theses raised planters come in several sizes and I have a feeling we’ll be adding a second next year.

The plants in this have been very much Theo’s domain. Earlier in the summer we grew salad leaves, but as they bolted and our pumpkin plant grew we did a little stock rotation. The pumpkin and the courgette behind it now take up about half the space, but we have managed to plant some patty pan and Swizz chard seeds at the other end (where the lettuce is in this photo)

Theo has nurtured the plants in this vegtrug obsessively. Several times a week the cry of “Theo leave your vegetables alone” has rung out across our garden and if he had his way he’d water it about half a dozen times a day. He also has runner beans, blueberries and strawberries all in pots and he couldn’t have been prouder than when he was able to gift some of his produce to his class teacher.

This month we also planted another tree in our garden. A very significant and well researched tree. It’s a red maple, a tenth wedding anniversary gift from Jim and also planted to mark the 150th birthday of Canada. We of course spent the first two years of our married life living there.


It should turn an amazing shade of red in the autumn, which I can’t wait to see.

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