Gardening: Reddy for the late summer flourishBy Linda Fort
August 10, 2012
Filled with optimism, I planted a few last seeds in the vegetable patch at the weekend.
I chose a spinach variety called F1 Reddy and two different salad seed mixes – a spicy mixture and another described as a stir-fry mixture.
I interplanted them between some French beans.
The salad mixes promise results in two to three weeks, but we shall see.
I can’t pretend the vegetable patch has been specially productive so far.
Spinach and chard have been abundant and there have been broad beans, but not much else.
However, the courgettes have started to produce after losing the first seedlings to slugs.
The tomatoes are now growing well after a slow start when the sun refused to shine.
And the runner beans, which were also were eaten by slugs first time round, have reached the top of the poles.
Although I dream of creating more vegetable space, it would be better to concentrate on getting the best out of the patch I have,
That has certainly not been the case this year having failed to produce anything to eat – apart from spinach and chard – for months.
A more recent sowing of French beans has also been dug up by cats because although I netted the first sowing when the vegetable patch was relatively empty, I failed to net the most recent sowing.
And of course cats never give up using nice friable soil as a litter tray.
In fact, when I saw the beach volleyball pitch in Horseguard’s Parade – I wondered if the horse guards had to watch it at night and chase the cats off.
At the moment the weather is ideal for growing – a delightful mixture of sunshine and showers which would please any gardener.
After the very hot days at the end of last month when watering was necessary, regular showers have returned to save me the trouble of watering.
For this reason, optimism reigns in the Fort household and I fully expect to be harvesting late sowings in a few weeks.
To help maintain this optimistic and cheerful mood, the Anemone japonica are now in full flower.
I have regularly extolled their virtues as the late summer beauty which require no effort whatsoever – and here they are again.
If only the vegetable patch could be filled with reliable hardy perennials – but then what would I have to write about?