Not sure I like all this daylight - it's 9.30 and no sign of darkness yet - it makes me feel guilty that I'm not outdoors doing something. I like proper evenings, when after a good day's toil you come indoors, light the lamps, get a good fire going and relax, with no guilt attached.
Added by elaine rickett on May 31, 2011 at 21:23 —
Since the day- long rain we had yesterday, had a wander this morning, slug-hunting, and noticed that everything seems to have doubled in size - it's amazing what a good drop of rain will do.
Added by elaine rickett on May 31, 2011 at 16:25 —
I have managed to put a couple of hours work in the garden today, doing the little jobs that soon mount up when you have bigger things on your mind. Like tying in the tomatoes and adding to the pea supports, staking the broad beans that have been blown down, pulling out all those fiddley little weeds that grow inbetween the onions. Completing all these minor tasks gives you a satisfied feeling where you can say to yourself 'Good job done', now what's next on the list?
Added by elaine rickett on May 31, 2011 at 16:18 —
I haven't been able to get out in the garden today as it has rained non stop - but guess who has - yes, you've guessed Mrs. Slug and Mr. Snail. A friend of mine gave me some Cliome seedlings - they are a pretty pink flower with spiney stems but the slugs and snails love them. I went out to check up on them after the rain had stopped and four of the dozen small plants had been felled. I knew there was a reason why I didn't grow them myself I had just forgotten they were so attractive to the… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 30, 2011 at 22:17 —
Added by elaine rickett on May 28, 2011 at 8:42 —
I decided to clear out the Allotment Shed this afternoon. I discovered rotting egg boxes, a left over from when I sold eggs, a pile of hard potatoes that rats had dragged out of the paper sacks they were stored in, split buckets, piles of baling twine - the list of rubbish is endless. The stained kitchen rug I put down to give it an air of domestication was full of winter mud, and generally, it looked a right mess. I hoiked everything out, bundled canes neatly, hung all the tools, swept, got… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 27, 2011 at 15:51 —
For every plant that I have ever bought I have kept the plant label, heaven knows why, but I have. Whilst having a greenhouse tidy up (again) I looked through them and thought, where on earth have all these plants gone? Nearly all of them were perennials for the flower garden. Every year I spend a fortune on replacing plants, or for filling gaps left by missing plants that never resurface after the winter. So |I guess the name perennial is a bit of a misnomer, as they are anything but… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 21, 2011 at 21:16 —
I had set aside this afternoon to plant out my dahlias, which would involve digging 10 large holes, lining with manure, planting, staking and mulching. I wandered to the top of the garden with all my kit - and, what did I do? Started pruning the fruit trees, planting tomato plants and eventually planting my dahlias. At the moment, there are so many jobs that need doing that I do them as I spot them, my good intentions going up in smoke.
Added by elaine rickett on May 19, 2011 at 17:03 —
As i sit here it is chucking it down - praise be! I was contemplating borrowing a sprinkler for my veg patch as my attempts at watering just don't seem enough. I have planted loads of new stuff out and just don't have enough water at the allotment to cope with giving everything a good soaking. I just hope the rain keeps up for a while and then stops when we go on holiday in a couple of weeks time.
Added by elaine rickett on May 18, 2011 at 14:16 —
Sunday is greenhouse day, especially if, like this morning, it is spotting with rain. I am continuing my round of successional sowing - little and often is my motto. So I have sown another batch of spring onions (I grow them in those deep fruit containers from the supermarket and leave them in there in the greenhouse permanently - they overwinter beautifully. Then I sowed in modules - black kale, lollo rosso and little gem lettuce, beetroot, carrots and I will repeat this for June and July… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 15, 2011 at 11:26 —
A friend came round today to look at my garden and the first thing she said was 'you aren't half growing a lot of lettuce'. I told her that I have salad every day and get through a lot, but she wasn't convinced. I tend to re-sow as soon as one batch comes through so I have a continuous supply, but maybe she's right and I have gone a bit overboard. Too late now.
Added by elaine rickett on May 12, 2011 at 22:36 —
I have a predicament - I still have cabbage, kale, red cabbage and cauliflower to plant out and have nowhere left to put them. Not very well planned eh. what am I going to do? Perhaps interplanting in the answer. In the allotment garden I think I have left too big a space in between my rows so I'm going to try to squash an extra row in between. I'll have to try something. A bit of lateral thinking required I reckon.
Added by elaine rickett on May 11, 2011 at 14:26 —
I read with amusement this weekend about a naturist gardener who had been fined for gardening in the nude who had been spotted by his neighbours (probably with a long-angled lense) causing them embarrassment. Question is - where did he keep his secateurs? Must go - got to put my clothes back on!
Added by elaine rickett on May 9, 2011 at 9:13 —
The rain didn't last long so I was able to get out this afternoon and 'do a bit'. Last year I bought a decorative arch in my attempt to make my veg. garden more ornamental. I have planted climbing French beans to climb up it - it is straddled across a pathway so it should be nice to walk under and have the beans hanging there. Hopefully. I have also planted out French Marigolds around the edge of the brassica bed, very pretty. Leeks have also gone out into the onion bed and planted chives… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 7, 2011 at 16:35 —
At last it is raining here as I speak - thanks everyone for doing the rain dance as requested!
Added by elaine rickett on May 7, 2011 at 8:25 —
All the plants that I have planted out so far seem to have stayed the same size as when I put them in. My watering them just seems to be keeping them alive. They need a good downpour to get them to spring into action. How about we all perform a rain dance at exactly the same time. That should work.
Added by elaine rickett on May 6, 2011 at 8:54 —
I have just logged only to find 25 emails from this website. It's becoming a full time job just keeping track. I love it that you all take the time to join in on all the discussions. Or are we all a load of saddoes.
Added by elaine rickett on May 5, 2011 at 19:35 —
I saw a picture the other day of a Brassica garden - it was formally laid out with red sprouts, red cabbages and red kales underplanted with bright orange nasturtiums. It looked a treat . Of course, envy set in. Wouldn't it be nice to have a large enough garden to devote a big area to just one type of plant in all its different guises. The lady in question has a 4 acre garden so it is no problem for her. As for me, well, I can't cope with what I've got - but I can dream!
Added by elaine rickett on May 4, 2011 at 19:49 —
Up to now I have been calmly going about my business, sowing, transplanting, potting up etc. Then suddenly it all gets too much and I start panicking. There is just so much to do at this time of year and trying to get everything perfect becomes impossible. I start to get behind with my jobs, plants start outgrowing their pots, weeds start to take over and before I know it I sink into despair and don't do anything and wish the 'garden fairy' would come and help me. I hope I'm not the only… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 3, 2011 at 12:12 —
Directly outside the back of the house we have a paved area what could be called a patio/courtyard. It is surrounded by fence, hedge and trellis so is a very sheltered suntrap. I only grow plants in pots in this area - and as it is the part of the garden that we see most of I plan my plantings carefully to give as much colour as possible all year round. Now the time has come for another annual ritual - the seasonal changeover. Much as I hate doing it the spring bulbs and pansies will… Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 3, 2011 at 12:07 —