This spring has whizzed by. If you go by the calendar and not the solstice then today is the last day of spring and tomorrow the start of summer. Although it doesn’t feel like it here – it is raining and miserable and I just want to snuggle up on the sofa and watch gardening shows on the telly.
I didn’t do much in the garden last week because of the weather and I was getting stuck into an indoor project making new signs for the garden. But I really think it needs me now. At this time of year growth is fast and a week of neglect can be too long. Hopefully there will be a break in the weather or I’ll need to grab my raincoat.
But not only is the year racing by but so is the challenge. The final day is the 13th December. So, keep your posts coming right up to the very end. Having said that, the community will stay open so you can continue to post updates of your garden and keep in touch with each other. There will also be further competitions and challenges during the year so there will be things to look forward to.
With the summer, the garden changes to more of a maintenance focus. It doesn’t need as much hard work as it did in the spring, but it still needs weeding, feeding and watering regularly, not to mention pest and disease watch. So keep your eye on the garden and meet its needs to ensure you get the best harvest. Check out the Yates website for some great summer gardening articles, ideas and advice. Just type summer into the search bar on the top right hand corner of the website.
In the spirit of our last mini challenge here is another one of my favourite recipes -Pickled red cabbage. I find they come ready all at the same time and short of eating them in every meal until they are gone, I discovered pickling them means they last longer – well they should, if we didn’t eat them first. They make a great addition to salads and sandwiches. You can check out how I do them here: > Pickled Red Cabbage <
And now I shall bravely face the elements and tend to my garden. Wish we luck.
Have another fabulous week in the garden.
Sarah the Gardener : o)
Image: Where have these weeds come from?