We were having a few sunny days so I decided I need to wash the green house, the glass is getting very green with lichen and such like. But there was a necessary job beforehand which was to get all the debris that had accumulated around it during autumn and winter. Now it is all nice and clear 🙂
It was too late in the day to start washing the green house, so that’s a job for the next sunny day. It was good to get outside, put my washing out…
and dig up the last of my carrots. They are enormous but very sweet and delicious 🙂
My little Almanac also tells me I can sow broad beans under glass so I’ve now done that.
I love broad beans so I was eager to start them early to lengthen the growing season. I know a lot of people don’t like then but grown yourself and picked young, they’re delicious.
I’ve sown two types, one I got from the market sold to me by the 1/2 pint and a dwarf variety I got on Line. I’ve never sown them this early before so we shall see what happens.
I did have company while I was doing it 🙂
A small issue that happened yesterday because of all the rain we’ve had. Fortunately this doesn’t happen often!
Even in this early part of January I am encouraged by the new season and the beauty of the world around us. I have just bought this little book which is a real treat.
I don’t really need encouraging to start sowing seeds but this little book has encouraged me. I’ve spent the whole of Christmas and New Year with a nasty cough and cold and this little book has helped a lot. Do you know you can start sowing seeds in a unheated greenhouse or cold frame now! 🙂 I’ve started sorting my seeds and have taken advise from my little book.
I’ve never done well with Sweet Peas, but there’s always a first time. I needed long pots but not having enough toilet roll tubes I decided to make some. You can get tutorials on line.
I had two half started packets so I used them all up. Let’s see what happens
I’ve laid a piece of bubble wrap over them as a bit of insulation in case there’s a nasty frost.
I haven’t been very successful in my green house for a couple of years but this year has been good. Below is a photo of part one of my chilli harvest from my four super duper chilli plants.
I’m so pleased and there’s more to come! 🙂
It appears we have a nest of digger wasps, no don’t everyone panic! The soil is super sandy, so Ideal for the little blighters.
As we should be protecting our wild life, like a good eco warrior I have put an old gate in front of them so they won’t be disturbed.
I’ve got a bit of a warm feeling because they’ve chosen our garden 🙂
After my last post I felt motivated to take some action. I looked on line for eco products I could start introducing to my home. Not to go mad, but to order as needed. An online shop called Peace With The Wild looked good, so I placed a small order and with only £3.40 postage, it encouraged me more. I ordered loofer scouring pads, a coconut husk scraper for pans, a stick deodorant and some toilet cleaning powder. It was delivered in two days!
Our toilets are a real test for this toilet cleaner (which I’ve decanted for upstairs and downstairs) as we have very hard water which causes scale and staining, so it’s got to be good! I will report on the progress.
I plan to order more eco products as I run out of my other products. 🙂
I recently had a revelation after looking at the recycling corner in my kitchen – just how many plastic bags I had, even though I usually remember my cloth bags when I go shopping! I’m sure we all occasionally acquire one for some reason or another, but I thought this was ridiculous. I then realised most of the bags were from loaves of bread! Well, maybe we shouldn’t eat so much bread for a start but I was quite overwhelmed for a moment. I remembered from seeing on TV they are the sort of bags that get sent overseas and can just be left in piles with nothing being done about them and nobody taking responsibility. It’s made me think I must do something!
It’s very difficult because bread is very convenient in our busy lives. Bread is one of those things that you buy at a convenient moment and it’s so difficult to change your habit… but I’m now going to try. Our local baker in Fakenham will give you a paper bag for your bread if you ask. While that does mean I might need to make a special trip, we do in fact go into town from time to time and so could manage it. I bought some today, so lets see how I get on. 🙂
My other problem is that I need to eat GF bread because I have an intolerance to wheat. I know that there is a bakers in another village that bakes their own but it means a drive. I could make my own I suppose but I haven’t found a good recipe yet. Any ideas?!
I do love growing things, it makes me very happy. Here’s an example of my small but perfect harvest 🙂
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!
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. 🙂
I’m delighted with what I’ve just made. I’ve made a side table for the lounge out of vintage chemists box.
I found this box in the loft of our last house when we were moving and so decided to bring it with us. We’ve been using it to store sketch books and journals until now when we had a need for a new side table.
I’m really happy with it 🙂