June-3rd Week

14 Jun

Mr Middleton says: True gardeners never enjoy the fruits of their labours unless they can share them with others.

June-3rd WEEK

1. Careful with the Watering-Can!- Where watering is necessary it should be done with care. Do not water until you must, and then give a thorough soaking.

2. Finish Asparagus.- The cutting of asparagus should now be finished. To go on any longer only exhausts the plants. Run strings around the beds fastened to canes or stakes to provide some support for the stems which grow up.

3. Wage War on Pests.- Keep a watch for any pests on the various crops and deal with them as soon as seen. Do not regard them as an act of God which must be suffered in silence. Watch for caterpillars on cabbage and other brassicas.

4. Celery, Beans and Cauliflower.- Celery which is growing well should be fed with liquid manure and soot water. Dust old soot over the foliage to keep away the celery fly. Remove side shoots growing from the base of the plants. Broad beans should be pinched , as recommended earlier, to discourage black-fly attacks. Some of the earliest will begin to head up. Cover the heads by breaking a leaf and bending it over them.

5. Celeriac and Tomatoes.- Feed celeriac with liquid manure. They require a rich soil and much feeding. Tomatoes planted in the greenhouse now should give fruits well into winter.

6. Sow Final Carrots : Plant Leeks and Broccoli.- Make another sowing of short-horn carrots. This will probably be the last in the north, as sowings after June are rarely successful. Plant leeks as required. Plant broccoli, such as May Queen and Leamington.

7. Top-Dress Cucumbers.- The larger cucumbers growing inside should be top-dressed. Make a rich mixture of loam, leaf-mould, sand and fertilizer, and put on a thickness of an inch or two. Firm well with the palms of the hands.

9. Thin Out Fruit Trees.- Apples shed a proportion of their fruits naturally, and this is termed the June drop. Begin to thin apple fruit after it. If left unthinned they yield a large crop of small fruits.

Green Haze

‘True gardeners never enjoy the fruits of their labours unless they can share them with others.’ How very true. Mr Middleton was a man from my own heart. Sharing can be so satisfying whether it is with friends or your own family. I suppose by providing food for the table that you have grown can be seen as sharing. I sometimes give an odd lettuce to the lady who works in our local boulangerie. She always seems very grateful but for all l know her husband has them coming out of his ears too! That’s the problem. Anyone who is growing their own also have the same gluts and are also trying to part with their excess produce.Oh, the trials and tribulations us gardeners go through!

First courgettes

It will be the same with my courgettes soon, after all, there are only so many ways of cooking a courgette!   Mr Middleton goes on to tell us to be careful with the watering can. Well, hopefully you don’t have to worry about that either this week. We have had some really good showers that has soaked the ground and with the warm temperatures everything is taking off.

The Good and the Bad

Of course, the weather plays a part in everything we do in the garden and the above picture typifies this. Just a week or two ago we were all complaining about the hot, dry weather and the spinach that has gone to seed before it produced any good leaves is a result of that. Behind the spinach is a row of mange tout that l swear is growing before my very eyes. I know what sort of weather l would rather have for for my garden.

Come on, you Carrots!

The carrot bed is coming along well too with the recent rain. I know l am going to have to protect them from the dreaded carrot fly soon. Every year presents the same dilemma. How do l protect them? I hate seeing sheets of white fleece 3 ft high in the veg plot but the alternatives have never been that good for me ie. the ‘happy bedfellows’ of the garden. I have tried growing onions, garlic, shallots and leeks near them in the hope that the scent from the onions will deter the fly but with little success. As an organic gardener l will not use a chemical spray so l suppose the fleece it is. Maybe if l dye it green that might help? Does anybody know of any other organic deterrent?


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12 responses to “June-3rd Week

  1. Toffeeapple

    June 14, 2011 at 12:59

    I’ve heard that carrot fly is ‘height specific’ and will not go above so many centimetres, so raised beds or growing in tubs or pots might help.

    I didn’t bother with courgette this year, last year I had not a single female flower; I achieved only feeding the slugs and snails.

    • trevorhunt

      June 15, 2011 at 16:46

      I know what you mean Toffeeapple, I have problems with my courgettes rotting off before they are fully developed. I am sure there is something you can take for it though!

  2. chicaandaluza

    June 14, 2011 at 19:06

    Your vegtables are looking amazing. Sorry, can´t help with the carrot fly as have never grown them 😦 Read your post after getting back from a walk with the dogs and delivering some eggs and a big bunch of our chard to a neighbour, so Mr Middleton´s words about sharing were very apt! Now…how about courgette fritters, or soufflé, or tortilla, or soup, or baked with cheese….?!

    • trevorhunt

      June 15, 2011 at 16:48

      I bet your neighbours love you, l will work my way through your list, first a batter recipe…….

  3. greg becker

    June 15, 2011 at 10:12

    Your plot is looking splendid. If you do not like barriers, the only thing I can suggest is a high raised bed (apparently carrot fly don’t venture too far (2 feet) from ground level, but that means a lot of work!

    • trevorhunt

      June 15, 2011 at 16:53

      Thank you Greg. I was thinking of extra high raised beds when my back is totally done in and l’m drawing a pension. A while to wait for that yet! I will opt for the fleece as carrot fly is horrible and l do love my carrots as did a Scotty dog of ours who used to sniff up and down the rows until he found a big one, then promptly dug it out, carried it off and scoffed it. I have a picture of him somewhere with a carrot. Will try and ‘dig’ it out.

  4. greg becker

    June 15, 2011 at 17:25

    Like your pet dog story, you have started me thinking about scotties – they are are quite small and have suspiciously long ears.

    • trevorhunt

      June 16, 2011 at 01:07

      Yes, and don’t forget the long eye-brows and moustache!

  5. The Sage Butterfly

    June 18, 2011 at 00:55

    Covering them seems to be the best option. However, some varieties, such as ‘Maestro’, ‘Resistafly,’ and ‘Fly Away’ are supposed to not be as susceptible to the carrot fly. The carrot fly is attracted to the odor of crushed carrot foliage, so anything you can do to prevent that should help. There are also nematodes available that will kill carrot fly larvae if you suspect they have already gotten to the carrots. Good luck…and welcome to Blotanical!

  6. elaine rickett

    June 24, 2011 at 12:48

    Your garden is amazingly weed-free – it makes me feel ashamed of the luscious chick weed that abounds in my veg plot.

  7. Scrobs

    September 17, 2012 at 06:44

    Super looking garden, Trevor!

    Regarding carrot fly, this year we tried sowing \’Resistafly\’ in deep pots, and standing them on a low table, then covering them with green debris netting under a cane and ball frame. Talk about belt and braces…

    Although germination suffered because of the variable \’summer\’ conditions, eventually, the carrots grew to a reasonable size, and there has been absolutely no sign of carrot fly damage! The debris netting seemed to work well enough, so we also risked sowing a late row of \’Autumn King\’ carrots in the soil under a low wire frame covered and tucked in round the edges, and, everything crossed, up to yesterday, they seem to have escaped the dreaded insect as well!

    Agree about expensive white fleeces, but at least the netting is green!

    • trevorhunt

      September 25, 2012 at 14:46

      Hi, And thanks for calling by. The pictures are of my old garden back in France. Until we have bought another house and l have a plot of my own again all l can do is remember my old plot with affection! It took a lot of hard work to maintain a plot of that size and up to that standard, something l will carefully consider before leaping in again. Having said that, it would seem food prices are set to rocket again after a dismal harvest worldwide, so those producing their own will be sitting pretty. Hope your carrots manage to escape the dreaded carrot fly!!


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