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Monday, 19 December 2016

Winter




Thursday, 8 December 2016

2016





Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Yummy

My favourite autumn/winter dessert - roasted pumpkin.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Pumpkins, Gourds and Chillies

I have just picked up pumpkins, gourds and the last of my chillies. 





Friday, 9 September 2016

Box Tree Moth


To my horror, I have found the box tree moth, Cydalima perpectalis, in the garden. I haven't seen any other and, I hope this is an isolated case. Am I only comforting myself that everything will be alright? 
I spray my box trees every three weeks with an insecticide. I don't like it but, unfortunately, there is no other way to get rid of them.



Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Harvesting Again


I picked up some more vegetables today:  the cabbage, some more squashes, cucumbers and one funny looking kohlrabi.


It has got 'babies' on the base of the leaves. Very odd. There will be lots of climbing beans as well, Only, the construction fell down onto the ground and it is too heavy to lift it up again. I will just let them be. Nothing really happened, they are full of flowers.


My fight against the box tree moth seems to be successful. I have noticed the new foliage growth. 


Now is the time to gave the bushes the last trim and I will spray them again after that. I hate using chemicals but there is no other way to solve the problem.
Unfortunately, the bushes in the town park look like this - completely defoliated.







Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Box Tree Moth


To my horror, the box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, spreads rapidly all over the Europe and appeared in my garden as well. Two years ago, I noticed the first symptoms on the box in the park. I gave the park management the warning to spray against it or cut the ugly bushes and burn them. But, the spraying needs repeating every three weeks through all the season and all of us have to be involved in the control which is not the case.


The damage is enormous and ugly. This bush in picture above is the one in my neighbour's garden. I haven't noticed it before because the side facing my garden is still green. I noticed the damage on my box bushes about three weeks ago and I sprayed them immediately. But, I feel like I am losing control over it. In order to stop this, everyone should spray their bushes.


This is the caterpillar which could eat as many as 65 leaves before it cocoons. The moth has up to three generations in a season so, you can only imagine what I am dealing with. The bush may be eaten all up in just a few days.


The bushes are mostly clipped and thick and spraying is a really hard task. These sneaky b...... hide inside before you notice the damage on the surface!
Being imported from China, the moth has no natural predators and spreads like crazy. 

Hemerocallis

'Crimson Pirate'

'Cosmopolitan'

'Shola'

'Kwanzo'

'Elegant Candy'

'Dragon's Eye'



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Courgettes


About a month ago, I turned the existing compost heap or, better be said, I transferred the material into another wire cage. It downsized to a half. I sowed the courgettes on the top of it. Now the compost heap has a natural cover and the courgettes have plenty of organic fertiliser to feed on. See how healthy and big leaves they have?


These two plants in the picture above occupied three square meters of ground are still thriving in all directions. They have plenty of space to spread themselves because they grow on the no man's land (as I call it). That is the piece of land behind my garden fence where I have my compost heaps. I keep it tidy and weed free. It actually belongs to the town park, but it is not used for the public. The shrubs and trees hide it from the viewers. 
They grow on the previous compost heap and are self-sown. Clearly, the seeds originate from the old courgettes I threw on the compost heap. They overwintered intact and testify how mild the winter was.


The chilli peppers grow in an old wash bowl.


Thank God, the heat wave is over. The temperatures stay below 30°C over the day and the nights are nicely cool. We had lots of rain recently and the garden is thriving. 




Monday, 27 June 2016

All's Well That Ends Well

I wanted some rain, and I got it. It was more that 'some'. Be careful what you wish for. It was raining cats and dogs for more than half an hour.


Pity I haven't more plastic barrels like that. I could fill at least ten of them!


The most horrible was the strong wind that accompanied the rain. To my surprise, it did not do much damage in the garden. But it did in the town park and the parts of the town which are on the higher ground. The phone has been ringing all the time, my friends checking out how I am. They have water in the cellar and broken trees in the garden.


The town park borders with my and my neighbour's gardens and serves much as the protection from wind. But, the old oak trees couldn't resist. They broke as the toothpicks.