Survived the heatwave? Fortunately I and my vegetable garden do and I hope you do too. It is a great time for the green beans, they tolerated the heat well, I had yellow butter beans in bush form. Now they are a bit over but they have given a good harvest and these yellow butter beans tasted excellent.
Above you can see a part of my garden, there are a little weeds growing but it is not too bad for the most part, it is horsetail and it will disappear after a few years. Annual meadow grass still wants to grow in the planters, but I also pull it out and place it next to the coals or carrots so that they serve as mulch and thus feed the soil life. By the way, did you know that you don't have to add extra fertilizers to your plants at all. Plants are so smart that if you have sufficient soil life (and you have that if you have not used fertilizers or poisons). Plants live in symbiosis with soil life. Bacteria and fungi and many other soil life such as protozoa settle around the roots. The plant roots secrete a kind of sugar water with which they attract a certain fungus or bacteria, this bacteria or fungus uses this sugar water and gives another substance in return that is directly absorbable by the plant. So I just add lava flour and compost on my planting beds and that's enough, no fertilizer granules for me!
How beautiful is this !! I do know this story is a bit blunt, but this is what it boils down to. The plant demands and receives the nutrient it requires from the fungus or bacteria. A fungus even makes meters long fungal threads that serve to transport food and water, and in this way the plant receives nutrition that is meters away with the help of fungal threads. So be careful with your soil food web and walk as little as possible (preferably not at all) on your plant beds, do not dig and mulch your plant beds with everything you can find, but the best mulch is comfrey. You can cut the comfrey twice a year and mulch it directly on your beds. Your vegetable garden will thank you with abundant harvest.
Flower beds are also important in your vegetable garden. I have planted 50 cm wide flower beds on the left side of the garden along the length of the garden. Flowers attract insects such as bees and parasitic wasps and ladybugs to your garden. Bees pollinate your fruit plants and trees and ladybugs and parasitic wasps are an army offensive against pests such as aphids and whitefly.
As you can see, there are beautiful annual flowers, such as cosmos and nightcap, further malva grows and many more beautiful things.
The blue Russian comfrey grows in my garden. At the beginning of the year in the spring I bought 3 plants of Russian comfrey and put them on the path in front of my garden. Not knowing that someone regularly mows the grass along my path and therefore away my comfrey. 2 weeks ago I was able to dig them out and I made 5 plants from them using cutting. They are now waiting in pots until they can be planted on the right side of my garden where a 50 cm strip of comfrey will grow the entire length of my garden, so for now I have to keep them growing and take cuttings . That cuttings are going fantastic, every piece of root becomes a new plant.
The Jerusalem artichoke also looks fantastic. I read a lot that it is a bad bloomer, but not for me, it is in full bloom.