We’ve had higher than average rainfall, in fact it has been the wettest July in 18 years with the total amount of rain reaching 119mm – well up from the average of 75mm. It’s hard to believe but it’s also been unseasonably warm this past month, especially overnight, though it certainly hasn’t felt that way, what with all the rain.
All this rain has meant two things – weeds and a distinct lack of quality time in my garden. When the weather clears I head outside to find oxalis growing completely out of control and more and more of my garden being consumed with mallow weed and grass. It’s seriously depressing. I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike winter, this is yet another reason why. I’ve been pulling up weeds and dead-heading flowers here and there but I’m told that I should wait until the oxalis has started flowering before I pull as they will be easier to manage.
There also appears to be an army of caterpillars taking hold of my vegie bed in the front garden, I’ve always had caterpillars around but they seem to be particularly bad at the moment. I am usually happy to flick them off or drop them in the compost but some of them are as large as my finger at the moment which makes it harder to be unkind to them.
Still, most things are travelling along nicely, the beets continue to grow, as do the carrots. My parsley is utterly out of control and picking only seems to encourage further growth.
I can already see the days are getting slightly longer which is a great sign that the warmer weather is on its way. Next weekend I will start preparing to plant summer seeds so that they are ready to go when the weather is warmer and reinvigorating the garden beds. I’ve been scouring the garden annual from The Diggers Club which arrived in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago and I’m excited about all that they have to offer.
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What’s happening in your garden this month?