News of our Activities / Monthly Blog
July, August and September 2021
The third quarter of the year has seen a lot of activity. September seems to have crept upon us and yet some plants must think we are still in August with these recent high temperatures.
The BIG news is we have almost finished building our Sensory Garden. Everyone that has seen it has been impressed not just with the raised beds and wide paths but the thoughtful layout of the planting. It has, for example, Nicotiana plants which leaves have a texture and flowers give off a distinct aroma.
The greenhouse has been busy of late. Looking after our Melon, Aubergines and annual flower seeds in preparation for restocking the Herbaceous Border, the new Sensory Garden and plant sales. We’ve also provided for the Frieth Village Fete, Horticultural show and St Katharine’s Open day - all in September and all very successful.
One big help has been the Talkback group from Wycombe coming in to the garden once a week. It’s been a huge help and has managed to almost get us back on timetable with regard to harvesting and planting. In fact our winter squashes, Radish and winter onions (red holland) are now sown.
A significant concern has been blight on our Tomatoes this year. Speaking to other local gardeners and allottment holders its been a real issue this year. That unique combination of wet warm weather and little wind has affected us and we’ve had to take a different approach for our 2022 Tomato crop.
Our weekly Wednesday veg sale has been a constant in our busy week. We pick our produce the morning of the sale so it's hard to guarantee quantity. One product that has been a success this year was our own Apple juice. So much so we are down to the last five bottles.
What we have in the ground still to harvest are potatoes main crop, peppers, sweetcorn, leeks, carrots, spinach, chard and cucumbers are in the polytunnel. Flowers seem to have remained vibrant for longer this year. I’ll add that our Asters, Roses and Dahlias all won awards at the Frieth Hort show.
As autumn seems to be just around the corner ( the first day of autumn is Sept 22) we are now collecting windfall pears and apples. Not only from a hygiene point but they can quickly rot and become infected. We are regularly collecting them and storing in shallow trays. Unbelievably as I write this we are just 11 weeks away from 2022.
March and April has been about catching up in the Garden as we emerge from our third Lockdown in March.The dry but cold weather has meant we’ve been able to achieve a lot of tasks.
The BIG news is we have started building our Sensory garden. It’s a section we’ve devoted to having raised beds, pergola and a water feature. Its specifically for the senses of smell, touch, taste and hearing by using carefully planned planting. See our separate link above.
Pruned Wisteria hard around the west gate entrance.
The greenhouse is a hive of activity as not only veg. seeds being sown but lots of grass, perennial and annual flower seeds in preparation for restocking the Herbaceous Border, the new Sensory Garden and plant sales.
We are also planning for the Frieth Village Show and Horticultural show later in the Summer.
Transferred lettuce from polytunnel to Trug creating dedicated space for Tomatoes and cucumbers. Polytunnel Irrigation connected and tested.
Ken has has planted onion sets, onion seed, parsnip, radish, spring onion, carrot, beetroot seeds direct in ground. Broad beans planted out. Leeks started in greenhouse and the ground is continuing to be prepped and mulched well with manure and top soil. All veg. is being staggered to provide an even supply of fresh veg. throughout the year for the guests of St.Katharine's House, Produce Sales and One Can Trust.
New Dahlias are being added to the Dahlia beds to create wider array of colour this year.
Hoses and water taps checked and repaired where needed.
Bush roses pruned along the avenue by main frost gates.
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