This is the third post in my series of showing the growth and change in our Polytunnel and Garden.
Now it’s the end of June and it’s getting messy around here. I noticed that I like spring and early summer in the garden because there is so much promise and you can still kind of stay on top of it. But over the last few weeks we had lots of sun, heat and rain.
So everything has been growing like mad. The nettles and brambles are starting to take over and I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed with all the things that could be done.
But I also like all these wild corners of our garden (that’s why I called my blog The Wild Cherry Farm..:)
Be sure to look at the end of this post to meet our new super cute family members…
In the Polytunnel
This is our Hokkaido Pumpkin plant. It really took off after I planted it into its garden bed. The first mini pumpkins are swelling and I hope we will get a good crop in the autumn.
The yellow cherry tomatoes are growing too but haven’t turned yellow yet. The plants are producing a huge amount of tiny flowers and have become wild and messy because I couldn’t pinch out all the side shoots while we were on holidays.
Ah well, they are still going to give us a good crop.
I’m growing these tiny cucumbers for the first time, they are called Cucamelon.
I’m not sure what they are going to be like because so far they seem tiny. It’s hard to even spot them.
The runner beans are looking good. There are three types with different coloured flowers: white, purple and red. The purple ones are already producing plenty of long purple beans which are delicious in soups (they change their colour to green when you cook them).
This is the flower of a radish. It’s lovely, isn’t it?
Many plants have gone to seed or produced flowers because I didn’t harvest them in time. But I like leaving some of them for all the insects visiting our polytunnel, or for saving some of their seeds for next year.
The Outside Garden
The summer flowers that our boys planted have started to blossom. Lots of purples, blues, pink and white flowers and plenty of buzzing going on here.
Behind them are the snow peas which produce yummy peas for us to nibble on every day.
The garden beds are still full of weeds but I cleared some of them like this one with rainbow chard, leek and lettuce. The rhubarb behind it came back to life again too.
And we are getting the first courgettes which we used with scrambled eggs, mushrooms and kale for a tasty breakfast.
In the Orchard
The path down to the chicken coop and compost bin.
We have lots of berry bushes in this part of the garden but the birds usually get most of our berries. There is such a huge crop of blueberries ripening that we decided to build a cage for the blueberry plants. We are currently putting wired mesh all around it and hope that we will get some blueberries this year.
There are still plenty of currants, raspberries and cherries for the birds.
And now…meet Ziggy, our newest family member…(my daughter called him Ziggy Stardust because she loves David Bowie..haha).
He just came to our family two days ago and is already exploring the garden and climbing our apple trees.
Five days ago we discovered four new chicks that one of our broody hens hatched out. They grow so quickly.
Currently they are learning everything they need to know about being a chicken from their Mama.
I leave you with this little video my son made today: