Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Time in the garden

I've the next two days off. What will I do? It would be a good opportunity to do some proper tidying. The shed could do with reorganising and so could the garage. I'm going for a breakfast first thing with an old friend so that will set me up for a great day in the garden.

Hopefully I'll get time to get to the garden centre and see if they have any reduced plants for sale.  Last year I bought some empty pots of soil for around 10p each. The guy in the store said I could have them because they had died in the cold weather. Little did he know, they were perennials and had just gone to sleep. I managed to get about fifteen or so lupins and hollyhocks. Let's hope he still works there.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

I just don't know what to do with myself.

The days have shortened and it's colder than a witches boob. I work until six and don't get home until half past. That's no time at all to get into the garden this time of year. I have thought about investing in a miner's helmet to help me see in the dark, but I worried what the neighbours will think.  What can I do to help me pass the time? What do other gardeners do this time of year?

Friday, 25 November 2011


My last few measly peppers! Why do I bother tending and nurturing for 6 months for such a pitiful harvest?
Next year I'm going to grow giant pumpkins again. A couple of years back I couldn't move for enormous orange gourds. At least they look after themselves too. I just got to try and get used to pumpkin pie, urghh!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Leaf mould

After clearing up the leaves from the garden I jammed them into some old bags I had lying around. I'm hoping that next year I'll have lots of lovely mulch to lay around my veggies. After a good few hours of leaf collecting, I felt a bit disappointed that I'd ran out of leaves. Is it wrong to sneak into next doors garden and pinch his leaves?

Only 5 bags? Pathetic!

Pickle wants to know why his Dad is photographing bags of leaves.

Friday, 18 November 2011

The hedgehogs are back!

It's been a long time since I last saw these spikey little chaps wandering around the garden, munching on slugs and nicking cat food.
 I decided it was about time to remove my home-made "hog box" and plant something in it's place. On lifting the lid I was greeted with the sight of two plumpish looking pin cushions. Carefully placing the lid back on, I popped back inside for a brew safe in the knowledge that my torch-lit slug-hunting evenings could be put on hold once again.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Who's pooping in my bed

This question's been bothering me for some time. One of my little kittens has decided that his litter tray is clearly not big enough and instead has taken to using one of my raised beds. We've not spoken about the matter since but I can tell by the look on his face, he knows he's in the wrong.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Leaf clearing day

I love trees. They add structure to my garden and shade me from the baking sun in the summer. Even in the Autumn the colours they provide are beautiful.

Then winter comes and they make a mess of my paths and borders. All morning it's taken me just to clear away a few leaves. I've changed my mind now. I hate trees. Horrible spindly things.
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