All the strawberries are starting to ripen up. With more fruit coming on, it looks like the bugs are too busy to get all of them, and we get some to eat for ourselves. They can hide, though, and each day we can have a rummage in the strawberry bushes to find 4 or 5 nice juicy ones.
This strange plant has resurrected! We got it more than a year ago from the nursery. It’s exotic-looking, with a funny dappled stem, and quite expensive. At the time it lasted only a couple of weeks before dying off, and we felt pretty ripped off. But now here it is, sprouting up and looking dead healthy. Can’t remember what it was called now, though.
This little plant is definitely in the wrong spot. It got planted the same time as the hydrangea next to it. It’s hardly grown, while the hydrangea has flourished, and now it’s almost invisible. Oh well, at least we know now what it looks like in flower, and can find a suitable spot for it.
We’ve talked about this theory about plants, and pests, and diversity, and how a good diversity of plants can effectively control pests. I think this is borne out by the tale of these two gerberas. They were both planted at the same time in the little garden by the meadow steps. One is on the edge of that garden by the apple tree, and one is about 2m away.
The one at the edge of the garden has been attacked by pests, most probably snails, holidaying in from the long grass to the left. It’s surviving, but really struggling.
The one further up the hill is surrounded by other plants. It’s got fuchsias, strawberries, nasturtium, hydrangeas, cyclamen, violets and bearded irises all within half a metre. The weeds in this location have been almost completely eradicated. It’s doing much better.
As we extend this bit of garden out towards the road and the letter box, we’re hoping that it will get easier and easier to keep the plants from being eaten alive.
The fuchsias are starting to get little fruit. Cool! Maybe we can start propagating them from seed.
The seedling table is starting to be put to use. We’ve found some plants spontaneously growing in the garden, and potted them to give them a good start before putting them in their final spot. We’ve planted some jalapeño chilies to see if they’ll make plants straight from the fruit, and some dutch cream potatoes from the organic supermarket.
Amidst it all we’ve found a use for all our ants. They tend to bring fairly uniform chunks of dirt up to the surface as they dig their nests, and it makes a pretty good loose potting mix which is great for making new roots. Sort my dirt Mr Ant!
Got a jalapeño harvest. They were all green on the bush; one of them turned red over the course of a couple of days in the bowl. Looks like it’s pepperoni and chilli pizza time!