Thursday, 24 March 2011

My lovely raised bed

Here it is. My raised bed. On Wednesday I had a day off so I set to work on weeding, turning and raking. The seeds I have sown are Carrot, beetroot, parsnip and spinach. I also added some bottomless pots at one end ready for some tomatoes later in the year. The bed already has some asparagus so it should be brimming with veggies come summer.
 Some handy name pegs made from offcuts of wood I found in the garage. Waste not, want not.
Once these crops finish I will need replacements.  Any suggestions for what to grow in the bed later in the year?

Friday, 18 March 2011


Is it just me or does anyone else believe in seasonal affective disorder? I used to think it was a load of old rubbish. That was, until now. I now truly understand how depressing the winter months can be.
 The weekend's here at last and with the week I've had I need some gardening therapy. This winter has been going on far too long and I can't wait to get out and sit in the sun or potter around in the shed. I plan on potting up some more of my Ailsa Craig toms in the morning and if it stays dry I might even make up some spring baskets. I'm sure the summer's just around the corner. Let's get gardening!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sunday seed sowing

Today was a beautiful day. The sun shone from early morning until 6pm. Today's job in the garden was seed sowing. All of a sudden the year seems to be marching on (no pun intended) and I feel as if I now have lots to do before it's too late.
 I found this old packet of salad leaves from last year and started them off first thing. Before I realised, I was opening seeds left, right and centre. Lettuce, Tomatoes, Courgettes, Sunflowers, Cornflowers, Sweet peas and African Marigolds. All done before lunch.

Some of last years seed from the BBC.

"Cut and come again" salad leaves.

Plenty of tea was drunk too.
After lunch I cleared out the shed and hung all my tools neatly on the wall. All in all a thoroughly productive day. Back to work for a week and looking forward to next weekend.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Rain rain go away!

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Nathan wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A bath in the garden?

I've always fancied the idea of a bath in the garden. So last year I did. I planted it up with onion sets last autumn and hopefully in a month or two I'll be pulling some tasty bulbs.  Once the onions are done I intend to plant some potatoes. I like the idea of making use out of unwanted objects. The garden also has a collection of car tyres too, planted up with winter greens.  Is this the strangest raised bed or do you have your own wacky ideas?

Sunday, 6 March 2011

A present for the parents.

It's been a bit of a quiet day in the garden for me today. The sun has been out for most of the afternoon but I've had little to do. I'm short of money at the moment so that doesn't help. Usually I'd be at the garden centre buying a new plant and squeezing it into a gap somewhere. Anyway, so far I've washed the car and dug up some Rhubarb to take to my parents house.  They love Rhubarb like me so now they can have their own patch. The sun seems to be setting now so I'm going back outside to do some pottering before it gets dark.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

First colour of spring

The front of my house.

These are the first bulbs to offer some colour to the garden so far this year. Things are moving fast now and I've a feeling the garden will soon come alive.  This little patch at the front of the house gives me enormous pleasure when I pull up in my car after work. Can't wait for the deep reds and purples of the tulips to break through.
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