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Make Garden Cook Subscription Box - June - What's in the box?.......

Welcome to WithlovefromtheUK monthly subscription box blog.

Every month I will use and discuss the items in your box. Hopefully I will have successes but I will also post my failures. You're welcome to join in and comment, perhaps you can advise me where I went wrong! Here goes..............

Just a quick update on my previous post

It is now the middle of June. Things have been really busy in the garden, cutting back bushes which have flowered, keeping up with the weeding and mowing the lawns. On top of that there has been the watering!

The sunflowers are reaching their height, no sign of flowers yet, but it is a bit early yet. Pumpkin Giant Atlantic has taken off. For a time it didn't seem to do much but once it had settled into its spot it has put on more leaves which are getting bigger every day.

I had my first flowers on the dahlias which I planted out last month. So far I have a yellow single dahlia. The nasturtiums are flowering with the vivid orange and yellow flowers. I have been eating the variegated leaves in salads, they have a lovely peppery taste.

I have had numerous pickings from the broad beans and peas (although with the peas, not many make it to the pot!) The tomatoes are growing, no flowers yet but I can see bunches of buds forming. I have planted out the sprout plants.

The Antirrhinums I sowed last month seem to be doing well, I will not be too hasty about planting these out and will wait until July to do so.

The dwarf beans are starting to climb the bean structure, but I don't expect to see any flowers on these until July.

Needless to say, the purple sprouting did not emerge. I have sown a few more seeds just in case I had over watered them the first time.

Talking about the cruelty of nature, I have only seen one of the tadpoles that my sister in law introduced last month and I wonder if the newts have eaten most of them or perhaps they have turned into frogs when I wasn't looking. Saying that we have had a blackbird taking numerous newts for it's young which are in a nest nearby. Hopefully, the next generation of newts will sustain their population. It is when you see these things happening in the garden that you realise the hierarchy of the animal social structure

One of the delights I have found in my new garden this last month is a pink and cream peony. Somebody told me it was called 'Raspberry Ruffle' but after searching on the internet I think it is a 'Raspberry Sundae' That is one of the problems when you inherit a garden, not knowing the names of the various species.

I still like to be able to practice my flower arranging skills, using foliage and flowers from the garden. Here's one I made earlier using the first of the roses. This rose is called 'Schoolgirl'. It is a climber but unfortunately it has no scent.I've made a few of these to give to people whilst on lockdown, hopefully to brighten their day. Now that the restrictions have been modified slightly, people are getting back to their normal routines. No more clapping and no more impromptu tea parties. It seems a shame that the 'new' normal will not include the nicer side of life and we will all go about our business ignoring what is important to us as a community. Will we ever learn? On the positive side, we can now get out and about and see people we haven't been able to.

So, what's in the box this month................

Runner Bean Polestar

Cosmos All Sorts Mixed

Courgette Green Bush

Wall Thermometer

Dragonfly Notebook

Tregothnan Chamomile Tea

Coir discs

Wooden labels

Information Sheet and Calendar

Once the french beans have gone these runner beans will succeed them. I will plant them in gorilla buckets as I have the french beans. Mainly because I do not have the space in the garden. Polestar are a long smooth bean and are prolific in their yield. I expect them to start producing late August.

The cosmos seed will be sown into a seed tray and once they are big enough I will prick these out into pots before putting into the garden once big enough.

Courgettes are usually easy to grow and are a versatile vegetable. You can use them raw in salads, just grate them and mix with your salad leaves. Courgettes can be spiralized or peeled into ribbons to use as a substitute to spaghetti, a great way to cut down on carbs!

I like to grow about three plants and I like to leave a couple of courgettes to grow to a marrow size, which I then stuff with a mixture of mince, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, herbs and cheese, then bake.

I am using my wall thermometer in various places. It is good to be able to find out the optimum temperatures where to plant or place tubs because if it is too hot the plants will suffer

There is a handy little notebook, just right to stick in your back pocket to make notes whilst you're in the garden and after a busy day the Tregothnan Chamomile tea will help you relax and unwind before bed.

Also included in this box are some coir discs which are an ecological way to start your seeds, just soak in warm water and sow your seeds and pop in the ground when the seedlings are large enough. Also wooden plant markers are included for your use.

What to do in the garden this month.........

  1. Deadhead roses.

  2. keep watering in dry spells.

  3. Harden off hardy annuals before planting.

  4. Keep on top of weeding- weeds will compete for precious water, light and nutrients.

Happy Gardening!

MakeGardenCook @ withlovefromtheUK

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