Month: August 2021

August; pruning and harvest

The theme to July in the garden seemed to be that of dodging showers and weeding, while there have been huge amounts of weeds this year, with going out in big groups to weed around the borders and beds, we have managed to get on top of all annual weeds. With regular mowing and of course rain in plentiful supply, the lawns in the orchard areas are looking very lush and green for this time of year. The hedging that was cut earlier in the year is now all shooting and looking green, if we are able it will get a second cut this year to keep it tidy, but of not it will wait for a cut next spring.

With August now here we are starting work on our cordon apple trees, pruning them back into shape. Our pear espalier trees have also had a summer trim, so our fruit tree pruning for the year is well under way, all helping the garden to continue to look well kept. 

Of course as we progress through summer, we are starting to see the fruits of everyones labour in the vegetable garden. With plants now growing large, they are now out competing annual weeds, and being hugely productive. Onions have been harvested, as have beans, courgettes and marrows. It’s also been hugely exciting to lift potatoes, and see that with watering and all of the rain that it’s a bumper crop. The produce has been much enjoyed as a part of everyones healthy lifestyle, with regular harvesting being bagged, taken home and enjoyed as a part of daily meals.