August has been a busy month in the garden. I’ve been planting seeds, harvesting lots of chillies and having a go at taking cuttings.
Nearly all the herbs have come into flower which the bees seem to be enjoying. Oregano is the most popular with mint following closely behind.
I got fed up of potted supermarket basil dying easily so I planted some basil seeds. They’ve grown really quickly and are starting to get their first true leaves and smell of basil. I think I’ll probably divide the seedlings between 2 pots soon as I put far too many seeds in! I always seem to do it, I don’t know if it’s a skill or a curse.
The strawberry plants cast runners and had rooted sufficiently to be cut away from the parent plant. I’ve potted 6 so far and am hoping to get a couple more by the end of the season.
I was surprised how big the roots are for such small plants. Once potted in compost they started to grow new leaves quickly. I lost a couple because I potted them while the roots were too small. They couldn’t get enough nutrients and water through the little root so they just shrivelled up and died. Lesson learnt.
I took some rosemary cuttings at the start of the month which failed miserably, but the mint has taken really well. I cut back a sorry looking mint bush and (to my surprise) within a week new shoots were appearing in the soil so I snapped a piece off and put it in a pot of compost.
I now have a new mint plant soaking up the sunshine.
The hydrangea has started to get pink spots on the petals which looks a bit like rain drops. I read that acidity can turn hydrangeas pink, so I’m wondering if something acidic has dropped on them. Either way I quite like having polka dot flowers.
The Anaheim chillies are ripening up nicely. The leaves are looking a bit scraggly now but the chillies look perfect and are about 12cm long. I picked my first Habanero the other day but I think out of the two, these will be a better heat level for a wimp like me.
And lasty, I saw these on my way to work this morning and they looked really cheerful against a grey sky.
And that’s our garden in August. I’m hoping my cuttings will continue to thrive and I’ll have lots of new plants!