July Heatwave

courgete_flowerThe garden is going a bit potty in the current heatwave, and I am having to water all the pots daily to stop them wilting. This means our two water butts are starting to run low. I am being quite careful watering so as to waste as little as possible, aiming under leaves of plants and concentrating on the plants fruiting now, like the courgettes and strawberries. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I hope we get a bit of rain in the next week or we’ll be using the kids bathwater. Maybe we’ll have a good, solid, butt-filling thunderstorm with all this close, humid weather?
We have been happily munching on the odd strawberry when in the garden for a while now, but I think tomorrow we should be able to pick enough to have for pudding, if we can resist them on the way in to the kitchen! We are also in the midst of our cut and come lettuce harvest, with mixed leaf salads at every meal. Which reminds me, I should give some thought to sowing some more, if I can find a space.
The courgettes appear poised to explode into a glut, so I am scurrying through recipe books for courgette inspiration. I shall let you know what is a hit (or a miss)! The plants are great, with fabulous leaves and the most amazing huge yellow flowers. If you have never tried them then give one a go next year. I grow mine from seed, they usually all germinate, and then pot them on into big pots, 40cm diameter or so. Last year the slugs got most of my seedlings, but this year I have five plants, I had to plant two in one pot, but they are doing fine.
We are all watching the peas and the raspberries as the next things to be ready. The peas have done well, with lots of flowers and the first pods filling out nicely. Keeping the kids off the peas is the hardest thing as they are eager to try them “just to see if they’re ready”!  The raspberries are probably a longer wait, but the canes are covered in fruit, so we should be able to gorge ourselves without restraint when the time comes.


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