Thursday, April 05, 2012
Yay! I have a sprout of growth from my chilli plant pot! in total that gives me 1 spring onion (out of about 12) about 2cm in height now, and the tiny little sprout of a chilli plant
considering how black-thumbed i actually am, i'm proud i've grown anything from seed!
having had the snow over the last 2 days, i'm still hopeful that my postage size plot will still grow
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
well, after all my posts about the glorious sunshine and warm weather we had been having which allowed me to get my wee postage size veggie plot started, today the weather was rather different... it snowed!
my poor seed potatoes and carrots are currently freezing their wee buds off (sorry, pun had to be put in!).
if anyone who gardens reads this, how does this freak weather usually affect spuds and carrots?
anyway, to those being affected by the tornadoes, i hope that you all are safe and well and that there isn't too much destruction. God bless
Saturday, March 31, 2012
For the UK, we have had stunning weather the last week/fortnight, and i've been bitten by the gardening bug since winter!
as i posted before, i promised to have a raised bed or growbag or generally just get my selection of seeds sown before monday. i'm happy to report that due to the weather, along with a little persusion, the hubby n i made a raised bed . Clay soil+close to the water table+in the UK = bad combo for anything to grow! opted for a raised bed so they don't waterlog and actually can find nutrients without needing a jackhammer...
our little, tiny raised bed a metre squared, was built and filled up with nice soil and layered with a little compost with a layer of newspaper between the grass and the bed. if something manages to start growing, i'll definitely be trying out SCORPIO2010's tip (see previous post)!
i managed to get a few seed potatoes and a row of carrots. i'm not trying to grow enough of everything to last us until next year, much as that would be great! i'm just dabbling at the minute and see how i can tweak it for next year. the hesitant husband actually suggested that we build another over Easter weekend next week!
have to wait a few weeks before i can plant the solitary tomato plant i would like as we still have frost. but i'm still all chuffed we managed to get this much done! just need to remember to water it now...
around a week ago, i planted some spring onions, chillis and onions in little pots. they are currently living in the sunniest room in the house. today i noticed the tiniest little seedling making its way up in the spring onion pot! yay! hopefully the black-thumb won't get it!
just need to convince the hesitant husband to agree to a strawberry, blackberry and blueberry plant... that could be a little more optimistic than realistic i think!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
the hubby and i have been in our 1st home nearly 2 years now. having had the student lifestyle until we bought the house, it seems strange when october comes around (new uni year), i find myself wondering about new accommodation!
we have a good sized garden out the back of our house, although to me it seems so tiny, i'm a country girl who's used to fields all round (though not quite american country like montana) ! but for our small town, it appears to be much larger patch than everywhere else!
since my younger brother arrived to the family home in primary school with his tomato plant, my mother every year has planted various veggies due to the success of that little seedling! what has this got to do with anything i hear you ask...
in my minds eye for the last 2 years i have been mentally designing what i want in my back garden. i can see the flagstones i want, i can see the trees i want but i can also see the vegetable patch i want.
i've always been a little black-thumbed, perfect example is a cactus i had that died of dehydration... go figure... or the watercress every child in the country grows but i managed to drown... i think you all get the idea!
today, we took the first steps towards the garden in my minds eye. because of our location, this week has been the first of the grass cutting. my hubby trimmed the sides while i tried not to electrocute myself with our electric lawnmower as well as do nearly 2 hours of cardio with it!
we also had, what i found to be, a very exciting shopping trip. pennies are hard to come by so it was even better that we were able to do this!
i got some onion, spring onion, sweet pepper, chilli, carrot and tomato seeds as well as some seeding potatoes. again courtesy of where we live, we did have to get 5 grow bags for the peppers, chilli and tomato, but the total was less than £20 so i can't complain!
we are supposed to have continuing beautiful warm weather for the next few days and as i am off work until monday week, i don't have any excuses to have these guys not in the ground (or a grow bag) and hopefully, later on, no excuses for no veggies on our plates!
wish the poor veggies good luck with their new black-thumbed beginner gardener!
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