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A Small but perfect Harvest

I do love growing things, it makes me very happy. Here’s an example of my small but perfect harvest πŸ™‚

Me and Mr O. love broad beans so they are a must. I’ve never grown the yellow beans before and they have done really well.

Delicious cucumber, really sweet,

and my first ripe chilli is being used tonight in dinner!

Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Self reliance, Summer, vegetables

News From My Greenhouse

I just realised that I haven’t reported on how things are doing in my green house. Well they are doing grand!

I have two lovely aubergine plants with fruit and more flowers,

four chilli plants doing amazing, full of fruit,

and twelve tomato plants, several different varieties, performing quite well.

I am so enjoying growing. All my plants are being fed with organic seaweed plant food. πŸ™‚

Posted in challenges, Flowers, gardening, Hints & Tips, In the garden, plants, Recycling, spring

A New Rockery

For a very long tome there had been a pile of large logs on our front drive which Mr O. was intending to deal with but never got round to it. I came up with a solution for the problem……

…….we now have a rockery! I added some rockery stones to the log pile without disturbing little families which will have made there home in the warm and damp. I now am gradually adding some plants, so now as I drive up to my house it puts a smile on my face! πŸ™‚

Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Polytunnel, spring

Tomatos and Chillies

Over the last month, as you know, I’ve been starting to sow my seeds.
I went down to water them today and not only did I have cayenne chillies and aubergines sprouting which I knew about

….I have a Roma tomato

and a birds eye chilli as well!

I just love it when everything starts growing πŸ™‚

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Greenhouse

I decided it was time. I had to face clearing out the greenhouse ready for the serious business of growing things!

I’m amazed at how much stuff you can fit into a greenhouse when you are not using it and the problem with getting it all out is it’s got to be put away somewhere.

It was nice to gradually see the light.

Wow, now I feel good, it’s the reward for all the effort,

A really lovely clear space to sow some seeds.

But does a girl really need all of those pots!? πŸ™‚

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Tomatos

I have just written a postcard to a lady who has sowed up to 150 varieties of tomatoes in one go. Her enthusiasm was contagious so straight away after writing the card I was out in the garden sowing mine. I definitely didn’t worry how many I sowed! πŸ™‚

I sowed 12 different varieties, a couple saved on kitchen tissue so I won’t know the variety of those until they have fruited. Some of these are the ones I got free from a magazine.


I find, with me, extravagance pays. Last year I didn’t sow many and didn’t do very well. I hope this year is going to be different!

I sowed them in organic vegetable compost that I bought. When I pot them on I will use my own homemade compost. I don’t tend to sow into my own compost because of the weed seeds in it.

Posted in Flowers, In the garden, plants, spring

Spring is coming

Walking round my garden recently I have been cheered by the promise of spring. (Not that I’m not cheerful anyway, but you know what I mean!) πŸ™‚

Some bulbs I planted in the autumn,

and some surprises coming up in the lawn.

Lovely snow drops, there was only two flowers when we moved in, I know that was a long time ago but I enjoy seeing a few more each year πŸ™‚

Salvia,

Antirrhinums extending there family by shedding their seed,

and beautiful hyacinths in my back porch!

I hope that has cheered you too! πŸ™‚

Posted in Flowers, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Recycling, Reusing, Self reliance, vegetables, winter

Seed trays

If you are like me and it is late winter where you are, you will be thinking about sowing your seed, whether flowers or veggies. Therefore how about re-using the meat or veg trays that sometimes are unavoidable when you are shopping.

I’ve got some here, and some seed trays I made a while ago with wood from a broken fence panel. I also re-use trays that I occasionally get from the garden centre or nursery when buying plants.

It does show that gardening doesn’t have to be unnecessarily expensive, especially when you can get free seeds like I showed you in my last blog post! πŸ™‚

Although, if anyone has any solutions on what can be turned into cloches I’d be greatful!

 

Posted in gardening, In the garden, New garden, Organic Gardening, winter

New Garden

Well, not new garden really!

We decided that the garden needed to have some sort of design to help me manage it better. So we have had some garden work done to break it up a little. This is partly why I wasn’t blogging last year because there wasn’t much happening other than ground work.

The main thing was to put paths in to facilitate different garden areas.

This also has provided me with some more garden beds.

One of the things I’m most pleased with is my new rose arch!

Starting as I meant to go on, I planted some spring bulbs in the autumn when the work was finished and I am now starting to watch them peep through the soil πŸ™‚