THURSDAY 9TH JULY
A month of intense heat and vociferous showers has not always been kind to our courtyard garden. The intense heat made our rocket and mizuna bolt, whilst a tray of basil seeds were drowned on their first night outside. So a day of maintenance was overdue. The first job on our list was to pull up bolted mizuna and rocket - once a plant 'goes to seed' [ceases to produce edible leaves, believing that its work is done!], it releases a hormone that encourages surrounding plants to do the same. We added the plants to the veg peelings from the kitchen, which are composted off site, and I set to scrubbing the pots in rainwater, ready for re-use.
David Wrenn had brought us some plants to help fill our gaps. Four types of basil added their scent and deep green colour to the garden - lemon, lime and sweet basil amongst them, and Beris set to potting them up, dipping her hand in compost merrily now, where two months ago she was terrified of creepy crawlies! Marjoram and parsley added some variety.
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