Well i’ve managed to get quite a head start and between my 3 little greenhouses and kitchen window sill everything is doing really well.
The first weekend of April we spent some time at the allotment finished digging the beds, moved 2 fruit bushes over a little then finally got the potatoes in.
At home in the vegetable garden we’ve worked on emptying one of the beds that is in bad need of repair. I took a risk and have also planted out some peas and broad beans.
But now i’m laid up in bed due to an operation on the 8th April, i’ve left the care of my seedlings to hubbs. As i couldn’t get down the greenhouse hubbs took photos of how everything is doing :-) and so far its all looking ok. He’s managed to pot on some beetroot i had forgotten about and got very leggy, so hopefully we’ll finally get beetroot.
Another few days and i hope to be able to walk around the house and garden which obviously i’m gagging to do as the weather is lovely sunny and warm… then i’ll be taking on a supervisory role in the garden and get these veggies going.
Well i think i’m on track with all my seedlings, so far sown 5 different types of tomatoes from mini cherry tomatoes to huge beef tomatoes, peas, cucumber, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broad beans, beetroot, then for flowers i’ve done marigolds, pansies and teddy bears sunflowers.
As the seedlings very quickly filled all my south-facing window sills we invested in a small plastic walk in greenhouse, this with the 4 tier plastic green house i already have i thought should be enough. A few days later whilst chatting to a very good neighbour, he offered us a 3 tier green house.. whilst carrying it across the road the cover became damaged, which was fine i could still use it for the stacking shelves… 3 days later that same neighbour dropped in a brand new cover. Will be making sure lots of home-grown veg goes his way :-)
This past weeks weather has been lovely and warm so we took the opportunity to pop to the allotment and see whats happening. Bumped into the site manager and it turns out all plots have now been allocated which is great to hear, it will be great seeing the other plots used too. We started digging and weeding what looked like the dryest bed and it turned over really well as we moved on to the next bed the more we dug the wetter and heavier it got.
We then moved on to the next job which was collecting bark chippings from a neighbour who’d had too much delivered so being as helpful as we could, we took some to top up our paths also mentioned the chippings to another plot holder who collected some too.
This afternoon was another gorgeously warm one so i spent the time potting on some seedlings and sowing more seeds. Feeling very organised so far, just watching the weather and on the evenings when the temperature drops too low i’ve been lighting a DIY tea light candle heater in the bigger greenhouse.
Sadly i have to go to work now for the next 5days but then off for nearly 2wks so if the weathers still good we’ll be finishing the digging at the allotment and also start preparing the 2 vegetable beds we have in the back garden.
Hows everyone else doing ???
Anyone put potatoes in yet ?? i’m hoping to get mine in at the end of the month.
Might be a bit early and i know its risky but i did it any way :-)
ready to go
So with 3 lots of seeds I’ve just laid them on wet tissue and will transplant when they germinated.. never done this before but some people I’ve chatted to find it good if the seeds are old, i did peas, cauliflower and parsnips. literally there was just no more than 10 seeds of each put into a small propagator inside another bigger one.
Into potting compost i have sown some cherry and money-maker tomatoes and some sweet peppers. Like the seeds on tissue I’ve put them into small propagators then placed into bigger ones.
Popped to the allotment yesterday and although we’re very lucky and not flooded but still very wet. The biggest worry was the shed but its safe and still standing.
The vegetable garden looks ok both beds were covered with cardboard so not sure what to expect when i lift that. As as things start drying up we have plans to rebuild one of the 2 beds so there’ll be a few ton of soil to move. Once the soil is moved and the new bed built i intend to empty my compost bin into the new bed then cover back up with soil.
I have noticed that 2 fence panels joining our garden to next door have fallen into or garden … so i suppose that should take priority over any other jobs. Ideally I’d like to re.fence all of the bottom half of the garden.
Moving to the front garden which seems to collect all of the streets rubbish behind the rubbish are my 2 Belfast sinks ….. looking closely it won’t be too long before we get some colour.
Yesterday the sun shone brightly which gave me itchy green fingers …. luckily i resisted the temptation as later that evening there was a light frost.
Today i got out my books and read up on what we should be doing and the answer i found was not a lot :-), so instead i got all my seeds out and sorted through what we have and what we need to get, also grouped them into months in which they should be sown (to be used as a guideline )
Next task will be to draw out a plan of what we’re going to grow where :-) …. time to get paper and pens out.
Its been ages since i blogged here … but i hope to put that right. I’m not going to make resolutions to do certain things .. i hope to make new routines and achievable goals.
August 2013 after being on the waiting list for yrs we finally managed to get an allotment on a site just 2 minutes walk away from home. So this year we intend to keep just 2 raised beds in the garden vegetable plot and grow the majority of our vegetables down and the allotment. I hope to blog on our progress throughout the coming growing season.
I do hope to try to do the usual… get fit & loose weight but by concentrating on other things i hope they will just happen.
Later in the year i hope to go to university to study Back to Nursing course which will enable me to practise as a trained nurse again. Until then i intend on improving my maths currently enrolled in a course at college and attending all the study days possible that work arrange.
Also the usual subjects will probably come up are adventures of my dogs … any photo shoots i get inspired to do.
So again happy new year to you all … lets make 2014 a memorable one xx
On the last day of 2013 for some reason I was really aware of the emotions I was feeling from the minute I got up in the morning I felt each emotion in order during the day
and finally comatosed