June in retrospect.

One week of July is behind us and it is high time to write about the garden in June. We had a lot of warm and windy weather but not much rain and it took a long time for the annual vegetables to get established. It is still very dry compared to other years and we have spent quite a lot of time watering. The vegetables are finally beginning to put on some bulk.

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The established shrubs, trees, flowers and herbs have not suffered as much from the drier conditions and we have an abundance of raspberries at the minute. All the other berry shrubs look like they will ripen up just in time for our Open Garden and the ‘Pick you own berries’ event this coming weekend .In our changing climate, there is a lot to say for perennial food forest garden systems that rely on planting food plants, herbs and other useful plants in layers and mulching any bare earth.  The ground does not dry out so quickly, the plants can share nutrients in the soil and everything can thrive in a natural way, resembling young woodland.

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We grow our annual vegetables in a similar way with no bare earth in between plants. Our onion sets are put in close together and early in the year we harvest them young and green whilst leaving some of them to mature for storage. In between the onions other plants germinate; like borage and quinoa that has set seeds in previous years. We leave them be along with the wild chickweed. This gives us water retentive soil and lots of tasty food as a bonus.

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We do grow many flowering plants for pollinators and by the end of June the garden was filled with lovely scents and the constant buzzing of pollinators. We like to grow some flowers like sweet peas among the vegetables to draw in even more bees and butterflies.

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Around our main circle the plants have put on considerable height, especially the Cardoons and Artichokes. They are just the right size for eating now, slathered in butter or olive oil and sea salt.  The circle is the most relaxing place in the garden where you can meditate or walk around slowly, exploring the colours, scents and sounds.

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East

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South

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West

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North

We are in the middle of preparing for the Open Garden Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, so we will just leave you now with a few images of Summer.

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5 thoughts on “June in retrospect.

    • Yes you are right. They are Ceatnothus. The winter of 17/18 the frost almost killed the shrub and it had to be cut back very hard last summer. Now it has more flowers than ever. The bees love it too. We call it California lilac. 😊

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      • Oh yes, that is another name. I can not imagine frost cold enough to bother them! They grow wild here, but unfortunately, do not last long in the garden. There is one at work that is getting quite old, but it is not watered.

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  • Your garden looks beautiful and very productive. It’s interesting to read your forest garden approach, I’m using a no-bare earth planting approach with the veg this year, lots of self-setters between like you (borage is one of my very favourites but nasturtiums are the top thugs here) plus some green manure. It’s such a brilliant way to grow things, retain moisture, encourage wildlife . . . and even better, no weeding! Good luck with your Open Garden. 🙂

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    • Thank you for the good luck wishes! We had a lovely day today with lots of visitors and beautiful sunshine. Hope for the same tomorrow. Your right about the weeding. So much easier with this approach. Nasturtium are always very happy but can easily be pulled out if their quest for world domination gets too enthusiastic! 😊

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