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Summer in Mid Wales

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Hi everyone, here is some news from the Veg patch in Mid Wales – we are about 800 ft above sea level – half way up a mountain facing East south east..

Best news this week we picked 15.5 lbs of Apricots from the tree in our orchard
We have 150 trees of various sorts, Apple, Pear, Gages, Plums, Cherrys,cider apple, crab apple and hazelnuts.

The veg garden is doing well, Broad beans are over but French beans are ready for picking and the Runners will be ready in a few days. Courgette are going mad and am picking them at the rate of abour 3to 4 lb a day, Summer cauilflower have done well (first time Ive grown them) also summer cabbagGreen and Red. Brussel Sprout look good – and am hopeing to do well with winter \broccoli.

We have a Pumpkin patch and at present have at least one fruit weighing in at about 5lb with several more catching up fast.

Poly tunnel is doing well – Lettuce Tomatoes and Cucumbers all ready for picking – Bell pepper big but not yet ripe – still green also Auberegene – masses of flowers but no fruit as yet. Dill Cucumbers coming onfast – have already pickled the first picking.

Rabbits are apain in the b………t so are slugs now that we have had some rain….

Have invested in a Hen House so watch for further additions to the Mid Wales Veg Garden

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Hens should take care of the slugs problem for you. The orchard sounds like a lot of work. Rabbits seem to be on the increase again. A friend who runs a nursery says they use netting wire but instead of burying it deep they just bury it under the turves and cover it over for about 2' from the fence. The fence is 3' high netting wire. He reckons the rabbits are fooled in to thinking the ground is not suitable for digging in to and go elsewhere. We were bothered by rabbits here for a while andI thought they were being cloned with steeplechasers when I saw one jump a 4' high wall from a standing start. They regularly sunbathed on the wall like a cat. We'll look forward to seeing some photos soon I hope. Nothing like pics. for making us all green with envy at your bounty and inspiring us to try and emulate your achievements. Hope you don't have too much rain.

3 Aug, 2010

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