Updated: Aug 12, 2019
One area of the garden that has really been left to its own devices, is the brassica corner, this is a shame because it started off so well. In fairness three of the beds - red cabbage, kale and brussel sprouts - are doing well, but the other three, with the remaining cabbages, swedes and broccoli have been swamped by their own companion planting. This is companion planting that arrived by itself eg. self seeded wild rocket, calendula and Californian poppies. The rocket grows very vigorously and the Californian poppies become quite untidy and large when they get old and go to seed. This sort of weeding has been ignored, whilst I continued on my endless marathon of planting and watering. Sadly, this has resulted in these cabbages putting on little growth because they've been buried. By the end of the day I've finished three beds and started a fourth. A disappointment has been the Chinese cabbages...these went to seed very quickly and I haven't had any of them to eat - what a shame.
At the end of the day I pick a pile of runner beans and some broccoli, along with some potatoes to have with a beautiful beef casserole which has used some shallots, courgettes and bay leaves from the garden, I manage to serve up dinner by 10:00pm, still late but earlier than usual.
Diane continues with her wildflower meadow and Aideen starts weeding the organ pipe bed. There is a little more rain and Aideen manages to photograph a rainbow over the garden. We all had a short break together and ate a bowl of strawberries and raspberries and figs that Diane had picked - bliss!