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July GYO update 2019

It has been a very busy month and to be honest I have taken my eye off the ball when it comes to the veggies. I have been busy with family life, kids  finishing school, teachers gifts, endless school presentations and meetings to attend. Mr MC&W job has been very busy. Lastly there is the rest of the garden, the hanging baskets and the new border along with three chickens and the front garden makeover.

So there are all the excuses about why my veggies have been a bit of a failure.

Beetroot have been totally eaten by voles I have had to pick and throw them away along with the carrots, I did not properly thin so are growing too close together.

The courgettes I again planted too close and they are going rather odd shapes and again have been thrown, but we do have more coming up so hoping fpr something better soon.

The Swiss chard is growing well, thought its only the stems we can eat as the leaves are not good, I will report on the taste. The problem is it is rather shading the fennel, so I did some tidying up.

The sweetcorn looks amazing and I am sure when have lots.

The tomatoes one is self seeded from last year and the other I got from the garden centre, we have lots of green tomatoes hope they turn red soon.

The peas and runner bean plants again have been eaten but we have a few more trying to come through.

So what am I going to do? Well after being very close to giving it all up and pouring a massive glass of wine... I made a cup of tea and got out my seed packets. They all have sewing times but I am going to ignore that and try again whats the wort that can happen.

This weekend I have replanted the carrots, beetroot and some courgette and had a good tidy up and weed, so lets see what happens.


  1. My advice is: Don't give up! It's always hard to begin with. After a while you will understand better what works and what doesn't. I also think it is good practice to work on the principle that sometimes Less is More. Grow fewer things and less of each, but concentrate on raising them successfully. Give them lots of space and lots of light. Once you get a good harvest of something, you always feel inspired to try something else!


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