Thanks to Naomi, not only is my garden not dead after three weeks away, it also has new additions: golden marjoram (Origanum majorana) and golden feverfew. I’ve never grown either of them before, but I remember learning about feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) on my permaculture design course and loving the name (it’s good at reducing fevers, the story goes).
We’ve finally been able to eat things besides lettuce and radishes – broad beans, carrots and potatoes have all been pulled up and despite not making a full meal, have made additions to a big salad to split three ways. And fresia, verbena, anemone and sunflowers have bloomed, tomatoes are appearing in abundance and everything’s making me optimistic.
Things to do now
Sow fennel, courgettes, marrow, cucumber, french beans, marigolds and wildflowers.
Peel the bottom yellowing leaves from your tomato plants, shred them up, and place them as a mulch around the base of the plats – the potassium rich leaves are needed for fruiting. Stake tomato plants.
Dig up potatoes and carrots. Use the vacated pots for a succession of lettuce and radish.
Re-plant anything that has outgrown its pot into a bigger space.
Keep picking herbs like basil, parsley, lovage and chives, pinching at the base to encourage new growth. Don’t allow them to flower (bolt), or in any case pinch out the flower as soon as it appears.
Plant out broccoli or cabbage seedlings still kept indoors.
Weed and water generously.