So far this year, Summer has been good! Here's the latest on my vines and happenings in the vin-garden!
The above right and left photos show the first planted up row of vines. I have spaced the first row of vines fairly wide apart (6'8"/1 Matt) as once I have planted up the further rows, there will not be much air flow around in this area. This area is sheltered by the wall and as I progress with the rows of vines, these will help shelter this area from the Easterly winds. Although shelter is good, some air flow is required for a healthy crop. I.e. It helps reduce mildew and other issues.
I didn't plant this row up at the most ideal time, more upon a whim with some cheap vines. I was eager to get the 'vin' in the garden...
All the vines I have added this year, including the ones along the wall are showing good promise. The top centre photo is the only cloned vine from the vine in my garden at home. This cutting was produced completely organically and has never experienced any fertilizers. I have noticed this vine has put on nearly no where near as much growth compared to the 15 or so various different vines I have purchased (which all had fertilizer in the pots at point of purchase). The leaf on the cloned planet however is far more healthy than the bought vines, as shown below.
A couple of pictures of my herbaceous plants above which have helped invite many pollinating insects in to the garden.
About two weeks ago in this area of the garden I saw three little owls (parent and young I think). I quite often see an owl sitting on the wall too but it's very camera shy.
|The above are my veg plots!|
I've had success and failure growing veg this year, it wasn't something I was particularly planning. The success is all down to very positive soil. The failure is down to hot weather and irrigation issues.
No more progression on the poly-tunnel (see below) however I am thinking about making a land mass log burning heater...again another project to follow!
Here are a few more pictures of what's going down in the yard....
|Caterpillar party - Bank Holiday Monday|
|You haven't got a good garden if you haven't got a compost heap...|
|Forbidden fruit....eat this and I'll throw you out!|
|Pink shelter belta!|
Shanty Town Shindig!
Now go away and do something interesting...but read my next post!