I can't say I haven't enjoyed my time during lockdown and the opportunity to spend so much time in the garden: May is always the most colourful month as this is when the garden explodes with blooms.
|May's Riot of Roses|
This area by the side of the Summerhouse has been designated as a vegetable bed. It is a nice sunny spot and sheltered from winds. I have still to lay the paving slabs from the patio to the Summerhouse, leaving a grassy spot around the apple tree.
Bamboo canes make an excellent deterrant from the neighbourhood cats seeing it as one huge litter tray until it is planted.
It is almost ten years since the pergola was put up, so another project I have been working on is filling splits in the wood, using a flexible filler, in preparation for a fresh coat of paint.
|Couldn't be done without the obligatory cup of Tea|
|From the back|
A month or so later, using advice on the moon cycles from my parents, the French beans go into the ground and the vine tomato seedlings into pots.
|Test ground for Experiment One|
I thought this was a very interesting tip from a gardening book: Tomatoes are prone to whitefly. Paint a board or cane bright yellow and then smear it with vaseline. The whiteflies are attracted to the yellow and will become stuck in the grease. I will be trying this.
|Climb, baby, climb!|
I've heard that my French Beans may be prone to be ravaged by slugs, but read that coffee grounds are a good deterrant.
|Cherchez les trois|
|Cat crap proof cane fence.|
In the Summerhouse, I have Chilli Peppers and smaller bell pepper seedlings on the plant shelf.
Last but not least, elsewhere in the garden, it looks like it might be a good year for pears. The pear tree is now four years old and has never had so many pears.