Sunday, 26 April 2009
I'm running out of space in the pop up cold frame by the back door. But chances are if I buy a new one now I might not need it for very long so I will have to make do with windowsils and the dining room. My climbing beans havent shown any signs of germinating yet but hopefully they will next week!
Paula popped in on Sat afternoon after she'd spent all day in her garden. We drank lots of tea and chatted for ages. I walked her home and you could see she had been very busy. Her Wisteria is amazing growing along the fence and smells wonderful. She has also been more sucessful than me with her sweet peas. For some reason I'm not very good with them this year and my second batch only 10 germinated. These are the ones I pre-soaked over night. I knew I shouldn't have bothered. Never mind.
Anne popped in today and dropped off my celeriac which I planted up later in the evening when it got a bit cooler in my garden. Its a sun trap out there so waited a while to put them in.
Ian and Jack were busy with the new marine tank today and I went to the aquatic centre with Ian in the morning. He bought a star fish and some snails. I've named him Sylvester! Whilst Ian was buying up half the shop I popped into Millbrooks Garden Centre next door to buy a birthday present and go two lovely lantern tea light holders and some more seed labels for me. You can never have enough of them!
Anyway off to empty the dishwasher now and then off to bed.
Friday, 24 April 2009
This link is very helpful and tells you what French beans did well in their 2008 trial. Luckily I bought some Musica in Homebase this week just in case my seeds didn’t work out too well. It says they are one of the top ones to grow with huge crops!
I am growing from seed Bluahide and these are not heavy croppers but have pretty flowers and purple fruit and also Sultana that I grew last year that was a heavy cropper. Happy Gardening!
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
I went to Millbrooks Garden Centre today with my mum and sister and we all made use of our 30% discount vouchers as it was raining (you get 10% if it the sun is out). This is to celebrate 30 years in the business. We stopped a while and had lunch in their restaurant for soup and a sandwhich then it was time to get home and get on with some gardening!
I always come away from my sisters with a bag of plants. She has a large garden and a big green house. This week it was dwarf runner beans she grew for me for the new troughs she bought me as an early birthday present and a cutting off of her dark red grass. Well she bought one for about £2 and managed to get three plants from it! I get all my gardening advice from her as she always knows what to do and when. She was that one that told me to cut straight through my Hostas and I've done it ever since. The first time I was a bit worried about killing the plant, but it gets easier the more you do. This is my favourite plant and I have tons of them in pots and in the gravel area. They do better in the gravel because the slugs don't like it! I like it when they poke through the soil/gravel at this time of year and then when they flower.
Anyway tomorrow I plan to move the rest of the plants from the veg bed area as my husband is making the new frame on Tuesday.
Enjoy your Easter eggs tomorrow! Amanda x
Friday, 10 April 2009
Enjoy your long weekend whatever you are doing.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Courgette: Patriot F1 (5) (Mr Fothergills)
Onion sets: Red Baron 30 (given to me by my sister)
Tomatoes: Gartenperle (5) and Tumbling Tom Red (20) (extra for Gardening Club)
Chard Bright Lights (planted in modules to give to friends)
Marigold dwarf double mixed (left over from last year) planted in modules to give extra to Gardening Club.
I still have to do the Patty Pan from last year and will give plants to Paula & Nicola. The plan is to grow one plant up my new obelisk that Ian & Jack bought me for mothers day. I also re-potted the 4 pepper plants given to me by Anne. They are doing really well and are now quite big! I hope I planted them correctly. I used some spare lollipop plant labels!
No gardening tomorrow as off to London sight seeing and a river cruise up the Thames.