Monday, 4 May 2015

Last of the Chard

I took advantage of the dry weather today and spend most of the day in the garden, digging and weeding.   It is half dug, the other half will be done next weekend, weather permitting. D was out in the garden too, he worked on the greenhouse, the patio area where the pergola once stood and he temporarily fixed the neighbours fence that had fallen on our side early in the year due to high winds, without him doing this I was unable to dig the weeds in the ground.  

The purple sprouting broccoli that we have been enjoying the past few weeks has come to an end.  I've dug half of them out of the ground, and left the other half as they were covered with the buzzing bees attracted to the yellow flowers.  Whilst weeding, I re-discovered the strawberry plants, many had flowers, so I was keen to remove the weeds around them and allow them. I was however, a little disappointed that I did not come across as many worms as I did in the last two years, but I did come across a lot of butterfly cocoons. Rightly or wrongly, I left them in the ground - what would you advise?! 
There is quite a lot growing in the garden, raspberry canes are flourishing, the rhubarb seems to be stretching it stems, the strawberry white flower petals blooming.  The herbs like mint, thyme, rosemary and chives are thriving, but the only vegetable that I have harvested (weeded), is the last of my Swiss chard in many colours - silver, yellow, red and the traditional green.  I am sharing this small harvest with Daphne's Dandelions who hosts Harvest Mondays.  

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  1. Your chard is gorgeous!

    Now, your cocoons...might they hummingbirds moths? AKA tomato horn worms? Ugh...so beautiful and so horrible for your tomatoes later (if you grow them). Just a thought :-)

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    1. Thank you Melissa.
      I've never seen hummingbird moths in the UK, but I will bare it in mind. Fortunately for us, we grow our tomatoes in the greenhouse, not outdoors.

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  2. Not sure leaving the butterfly cocoons was a good idea, horticulturally speaking, Shaheen! But I am loving your photos and especially the Swiss Chard - I hope to be posting my own photos next year of my first crop! xx

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    1. Thanks Lynne. I really wasn't sure what to do - the good natured person in me just did not want to be too mean, so I left them. Good luck with your own vegetable crops, we can compare notes :)

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  3. Chard will be coming to an end in my garden soon also, it's starting to bolt. It sounds like you'll be harvesting lots of other goodies quite soon!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. The fruit and veg that i will be harvesting were all there pretty much before me, I will probably be cheating a lot this year by buying in seedlings.

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  4. you were busy- so were we; fruit and vegwise we have apple and currants flowering,rhubarb aplenty, various kales and the beets and peas are coming along. In the polytunnel the tomatoes are looking promising and we will have lettuce in a week or so, not to mention our first chilli (jalapeno). Yesterday I cleaned the patio and mowed the lawn while hubby planted tomatoes in the polytunnel. It was just in time, as now it's very rainy.Not sure what to do with the cocoons; I usually leave stuff alone too. Love your chard picture :)

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    1. Thanks Sarojini. I was only busy yesterday the weather has turned again. Good to hear that you worked in the garden too. You have loads going on, i feel a tad guilty as I have not sown any seeds, I may do some - but many will be bought this year. Good to know your like me and leave stuff alone, however if it was slug eggs I would have removed it immediately. I will take a picture of the cocoons next time as I have half the ground to dig and sure I will come across more.

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  5. Beautiful chard. It really makes me wish I as growing a more colorful one. I tend to like the white stemmed varieties better to eat, but they just aren't as pretty.

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    1. Thank you Daphne. I love growing it mostly for the colours, but i have to admit, the white stemmed one is perhaps the one I like to eat the most too.

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  6. The chard is gorgeous - I'm so looking forward to growing the rainbow coloured chard this year. Up until now I've only grown the standard white stemmed variety and, while tasty, seeing all those colours on the plate would definitely be more exciting. Now that I've read your and Daphne's comment, I'll have to compare it's flavour to my white stemmed one.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, I do love to grow it for colour and then of course it goes into cooking with it. The flavours do vary, funnily enough the red one tastes almost seaweed/fishy like. I hope you grow some.

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  7. That sounds like a nice productive time in the garden. It's great having perennial fruit that doesn't need re-sowing each year. It almost feels like cheating, getting fresh fruit for not much effort!
    I agree on the chard flavours, the Swiss chard with chunky white stem has the nicer flavour I think but the colours of rainbow chard are amazing.
    I usually leave cocoons, the birds will come around looking for them anyway after the ground has been disturbed. Though I wonder if I knew that they were definitely just white butterfly caterpillars I would squish them. Probably not actually, as there will be lots around anyway and squishing a few cocoons won't make much difference. The emerging butterflies might be food for something else to eat too. I do squish slugs and snails though but only in the garden or allotment, not just in general!
    It's been so windy here too, and again today. It's getting a tad tedious now!

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    1. Thanks Lou, but there is nothing that i have planted yet. Will be cheating this year with things already started off at garden centres. The neighbour is finally putting up fencing that had blown down, even though we last week put up stakes to hold it off our side so we could get digging. But now when its done we can move on, just as you said thought the weather is terrible again, the strong winds pushed out the door to our greenhouse and from that the front of the windows have smashed, so more work added to the garden. One thing gets down and another hits us..I am like you with the slugs and snails,

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    2. We got given a Rocket Garden Mediterranean veggie plant collection one year from a friend, it was really handy and I didn't need to sow much of my own that year. I wouldn't call it cheating :) Actually the clumps of rocket in my garden beds are from that plant set, 2 or 3 years later still growing!
      Let's hope that weather decides to move on soon. Sorry to hear about your greenhouse. I have a lot of broken glass on my plot from the greenhouse I've been meaning to put up for several years, one or two more panes in the stack break each year, sigh!

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