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7wks post op & allotment update

Published May 26, 2014 by Kim

Well i’m so glad i had sown as many seedlings as i did before i went into hospital because the allotment is nearly full, the garden vegetable bed is full and so are the greenhouses.
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I’ve got a few money makers tomato plants and a pumpkin plant to take to the allotment which will fill in the last space then it will be serious weeding 🙂

We had a slight disappointment with the allotment, i have 2 old draws that i was going to use a cold frames but then i’d got given another greenhouse i thought i’d just manage with them.. so instead i decided to plant some colour .. some poached egg flowers. The seeds were slowly popping up only to be stood on and squashed by someone fixing their garden fence 😦 Thankfully it was only the one bed so turning a negative into a positive i’ve decided to top the compost up and sow some carrots and spring onions.

But i must give all the credit to my dear hubbs who has taken my supervising him with great valour. On top of helping me with the allotment he’s made a start on laying a patio in the back garden as we’ve decided to totally revamp and re.organise the whole back garden which will give us and the dogs more space but also still leave me an area to grow a few vegetables.

Last august when we took on the allotment we decided back then that we will spend as little as possible which means recycling everything we can think of, here’s a few things we’ve re.used.

make great lettuce planters

make great lettuce planters


pop bottles again make great supports for shelving to keep the cats off the veg bed, pop bottles also make green mini greenhouses for new seedlings

pop bottles again make great supports for shelving to keep the cats off the veg bed, pop bottles also make green mini greenhouses for new seedlings

As a plot marker i have 2 old car tyres that i planted an azalea shrub in, some of the netting over my cabbage and sprouts covers the old framework for a plastic green house and our latest project uses 2 old pallets and yes more pop bottles… our strawberry tower 🙂
strawberry tower

Just a short mention about my recovery… i’m doing well and have reduced the painkillers but my body is still telling me at the end of the day that i’ve done too much. It’s a big operation and i really didn’t understand the full impact before hand but between the growing vegetables, my dogs and my photograph i’m just about remaining sane.

16 days post op……

Published April 24, 2014 by Kim

Feeling really good, minimal pain 🙂 but bored outta my brain !!!!!

Not quiet up to going to the allotment today but did get out into the garden where we are keeping 2 vegetable beds. Just love these no dig beds, turned over the surface to clear any cat poo ”Yuck” then got on with sowing some seeds. We’ve sown 2 rows of carrots, 2 rows of spring onions, 1 row of radish and a row of lettuce. Also planted out some round lettuce seedlings but placed them under bottle top cloches.

Sadly the slugs and snails have had a real banquet on my pea’s and broad beans so i removed the dead and will be replacing them.

1st home-grown leek

Eventually went for it a picked my first home grown leek, which even if i say so myself looks pretty good. Leeks are something we don’t actually eat that often if at all so i don’t think i’ll grow them again due to the amount of time the spend growing.

vegetable bed 1

Still signed off for another 4wks then have to go for check up with gp.

Fingers crossed we are able to get to the allotment in the next week or two, although i’ll only be supervising we do have some seedlings that really could do with being planted out.

squash & courgette

bye for now 🙂 sure i’ll be back soon

My season has started …..

Published February 9, 2014 by Kim

Might be a bit early and i know its risky but i did it any way 🙂

ready to go

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.

seed mountain

seed mountain

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.

mixed daffs

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.

Full steam ahead (with a little hic cup along the way)…

Published April 27, 2013 by Kim

I suppose i’ll get the confession out the way first and admit to getting over enthusiastic with a few days of sunshine at the beginning of the month which were followed by a frost 😦 which meant i lost the 3 courgettes i put outside under a cloche ….

RIP x 3 courgettes  RIP lettucealso managed to boil a tray of lettuce that were sat under a propagated on the kitchen window sill 😦  all part of the learning curve i suppose  🙂

Since then i’ve gone on leaps and bounds ….. where do i begin some much is going on   🙂  i have a lovely full green house, lots of healthy growing seedlings 🙂

full green house

full green house

full kitchen window sill

full kitchen window sill

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve done 3 batches of sweetcorn but only
5 actually germinated :-/ might have to cheat a bit with the sweet corn and buy some seedlings

Now for outside in the raised beds 🙂 .. about a week ago i took a small risk and planted out my dwarf green beans and my mange tout as both were getting very leggie in the green house (also need the space mind)  thankfully as yet we’ve had no frosts just showers and sunny patches.  After the initial shock of being planted out all seem to have recovered really well and beginning to grow very well.

At about the same time i planted out some radish seedlings, sowing  a row of carrots and spring onions either side then covered them all with a plastic cloche.  Today i lifted the cloche to check to see whats happening and wow the radish are looking good, so good i picked one 🙂 yummy.  Both the carrots and spring onions are doing well and i weeded then replaced the cloche.

On the next quarter of bed 1 i’ve sown a further 2 rows of carrots and a row of garlic chives after inspecting today they are all peeping through the soil, which is very surprising as just after i’d sown them one of the pups jumped onto the bed and probably disturbed the very nice tidy rows.  Will be interesting to see what happens there.

radish :-)

radish 🙂

BED 1

BED 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past week has been a mix of sunshine and showers so today we decided to brave the showers and do more on the garden.  So in bed 3 i planted out a few cabbages and broccoli,  i placed a cloche over both and will keep a close eye on them.  We do have an old bed frame surrounding the bed which i will eventually cover with fine netting.

Also planted out some peas and mixed a few sweet peas that i had,   took a bit of a chance and planted out 2 single beetroot but placed home-made mini single cloches over them.  ( cut down pop bottles ).

Sonny the gnome supervising

Sonny the gnome supervising

Back in the green house i planted on a tray of sprouts, beetroot and lettuce seedlings, this took up more space than i thought so the 6 chilli plants have been removed to the bedroom window sill.

Hubbs continues to work on clearing the very end of the garden along the fence line.  We plan to build up a mound then fence it all off, loosing about 2ft along the end but it will add to the security of that edge of the garden.

For first growing, this season i’m growing garlic (planted out last october) in a tub its doing fantastically well.  Leeks too are a first and after germinating in what i’ve now decided was a much too shallow tray, i’ve planted them on into a bigger deeper pot and they’ll sit out in the greenhouse until big enough to plant out.

 

As a little experiment for me i’ve sown about 5 or 6 carrot seeds into a big pot just to see how straight and big they grow.

leeks

leeks

 

carrots

carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then of course there’s lots of tomatoes at different levels of growth.

It’s now getting a little late after what has been a full day so i’m off to chill in front of the tv with a cold glass of wine.

This blog has probably updated all the veggies i’m growing, i’ll try to do a blog on the flowers i’m growing too which are many more than i had planned.

Happy germinating peeps   🙂

 

 

Getting ready for the new 2013 growing season …..

Published March 8, 2013 by Kim

After last seasons attempt at growing veggies i am 100% determined to get better results this year.  There were a number of things that hindered me last year … a litter of puppies… late start due to being distracted by puppies… weather.. and of course the bug and slug infestation 😦

This year i’ll be ready and raring to go with the help of my lovely and very patient hubbs.

So back at the end of january i did calm my itching to get started by sowing just a few seeds … leeks, tomatoes, chillies and marigolds they are doing really well sat on my kitchen window sill.

Leeks

Leeks

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend blessed us with some gorgeous warm and dry weather which meant we were able to get out into the garden and do some much needed work on the veggie plot.

Before

Before

 

After

After

With a bit of hard work and shoveling we juggled about a bit and now have 3 veggie beds.  The 1st is covered with cloches and warming,  the 3rd just needs some sort of edging and then we can work on the paths 🙂

 

 

 

Also managed to tidy paved area of the garden and set my mini green house up which is now home to a few bits.

mini green house

mini green house

 

I’ve sown some peas, sweet corn, a few sun flowers and some lettuce.  Then low and  behold we are forecast a week of cold freezing and even some snowy conditions 😦

 

 

 

 

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