Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Reading up

Thought I would buy myself a couple of books on how to grow vegetables. Have found one called RHS Vegetables in a Small Garden and it looks quite good. Unfortunately it's out of stock at Play.com so will try eBay! My sister has Grow Your Own Veg by Carol Klein, so no need to buy a copy of that one. If anyone has any good suggestions, I'd be really pleased with the advice.

Iwade Gardening Club meets in the Woolpack Pub on Thursday night this week. It's where you can meet up and exchange plants/seeds/cuttings etc with other keen gardeners. And of course it's a good excuse to have a drink and a natter! I think it's the fourth meeting. I'm not sure as I've only managed to get to one, and that was late due to the Annual Iwade Parish Council meeting being on the same night! Writing for the local papers means I go along to take notes and of course see what's happening in the village. I lead a very exiting life!

I'm looking forward to the long weekend so that I can do some more to the area where the veggie patch is. It needs more compost and the area in front of it needs to be dug over and something planted in there. I think I need to put some more bark chippings behind the frame work. Homebase have a 10% day this week, perfect!

I checked my French Breakfast radishes this morning and they are on their second set of leaves. I just hope that they actually turn into radishes after reading what Ann said yesterday. I decided to grow mine in a long terracotta pot and they look like they are growing ok. I have also put a row in-between my potatoes. The Red Baron onions are doing ok and have sprouted some new growth. I've got two lots on the go - some in a big pot and some in the new veggie patch. I had to move them as we kept treading on them whilst making the frame work! I have also got some tubs around the main patio with spinach, spring onions and Rocket. I had to grow something whilst we waited for the wood to be delivered! So far the spinach has come up and looks to be growing ok. Not sure as I've never grown it before, but thought I would give it a go.

Anyway that's it from me for now; I'll let you know what happened at the pub!

Monday, 28 April 2008

How it all began

As you can tell by the name, my little raised vegetable garden is only 8 x 6 foot. It was created on Saturday 26th April 2008 by my talented husband Ian!

It all started last year when a group of friends decided to find some space in Iwade for allotments. We have not been that successful to date, but we keep plodding on with the help of developers and local councillors.

So to get me started I decided to dig up my recently completed garden, to make way for something edible! My friends and family thought I was crazy to dig up what I had just finished, but when a woman knows what she wants you don't disagree. From January onwards I started to lift-up all the plants and give them to friends. There is no going back once it’s gone, it’s gone. I have to admit that some doubts crept in recently when I looked back at the area before I dug it up, but the finished results have made me realise my idea was the right one! I now have the bug and eat and sleep vegetables!

I hope you will follow my progress in my first year growing vegetables on my small plot in my back garden in Iwade (in The Garden of England)Any advice, even small, will be greatly appreciated!