GARDEN GEEK

The plan

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My next step with the garden is to plan. And I have a few… I have to admit I was dreaming up ideas for our garden long before we moved in.

So here is a list of what I would like to achieve:

-Making the garden safe for our toddler is my top priority.

-We need to do some fence maintenance.

-Pruning and working out what we actually have in the garden. I think I am going to have to start a log book so I can remember. It’s a bit of a mystery until spring and then probably a until a full year has passed, but I’m trying to work it out. It’s a fairly established garden, which is nice as we can enjoy it already, but it does also mean it’s not a blank canvas and we need to work around some established plants or be brutal.

-Sorting and reorganising my allotment gear. Which has been put into our shed… in a bit of a crazy pile. (Moving an allotment is not an easy job!!) But the shed smells very authentic; just like my grandpas did.

-Working out a general plan for the space. Involving a greenhouse (this is realistically something for next year) and creating growing space for veg and flowers….

-Sorting out the soil. Whilst the garden has been cared for, it lacks the beautiful soil I achieved at the allotment. You don’t have to dig far to hit clay and rocks. Raised beds and lots of digging are on the agenda.

-A diy ‘mud kitchen’ for our toddler.

-Location for my hammock!! Although I have no idea where the bolts or actual hammock are since we moved!!

-A small child friendly wildlife pond. Bug hotel, nesting boxes and feeders.

-Pots and pots and pots for my dream container patio situation.

-I need to remove some brambles although I think they will be my new garden foe. I like the fruit, but the spikes less!

I’m also expanding my seed sourcing. Discovering chiltern seeds via an insta explore. Which has made me realise that we need proper garden plan as my ideas are running a bit wild. So I need to focus and I need to get going.

Saturday morning seed hunting

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with the ‘garden’, but I think it’s a ‘jump in a crack on’ situation. Need to remind myself nothing is permanent and the learning has to start somewhere. I’m looking forward to the clocks changing as some evening gardening can start!

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Weekend away…photos to be added

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It was our anniversary last weekend.

One year has flown by and the sweet peas generation 2 have bloomed!
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This year we took ourselves to Devon.
And spent the weekend in this bell tent.
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Words cannot describe how lovely this place is!
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These lovely ladies supplied us with fresh eggs. I might have fallen in love (just a bit) with chickens now!! And we did actually leave the farm.

We went to…. Overbeck’s We had a great 6 mile coastal walk to the house (3 miles each way) and the garden was stunning! One of my favourites!..
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I have a list of plants I want which is always a good sign! The house told a quirky story and was very much like a mini natural history museum. We also went to Saltram. Again lovely gardens, but we had a great cup of tea and cake here!
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I was very inspired by the Orangarie. And the bees thought the same!!
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And we even spotted the Devon chilli farm! And had a little stop off and treated ourselves to a plant! WordPress for android is driving me crackers so check out ย bloomorbustblogย for some photos. I will try persist with WordPress.

Getting busy in the greenhouse

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We have been away and so I had held back on seed planting. But this weekend I’m getting busy!!

I ran to the plot this morning. My greenhouse bits hadn’t been watered… In nearly… Eeeek!…2 weeks! I literally had a few minutes to water inspect and run for my train to work.

But I’m pleased and surprised to say the sweet peas have germinated! 😁 which makes me a very happy bunny! It’s a bit hit and miss… But I did plant far to many. Also not being watered in 2 weeks may have weeded out the weaklings! Needless to say I gave them a little water. It will be interesting to see what else appears. But they look to be sturdy little seedlings! And most importantly they grew!!

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Sweet pea seedlings in the greenhouse

And my onions are garlic are also showing signs of life. Garlic is cracking along! But a little water will no doubt help ๐Ÿ™‚

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Greenhouse onions and garlic

And super exciting news! My chilli peppers germinated (at home in mini greenhouse) again a bit hit and miss about 1/2. But chillies are a bit tricky and I did drop my pots on the floor!! So it’s a surprising anything made it!

My green ear was also excited to hear on the radio about Kew gardens setting up a new kitchen garden where the old kitchen garden was! It’s called ‘Kew on a plate’ I assume this was filmed last year so I can’t wait to see the garden this year… I might try and check it out first hand in a few months. The TV program starts on Monday BBC 2! And has the lovely Kate humble presenting! I might have to invest in a Kew pass… So I can perve on the veggie patch through the year!!

To my sweet pea

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I’m a little obsesed with sweet peas, and very determind to grow them for a second year. Last year we grew a few for our wedding… So now when I see sweet peas it makes me smile! Mainly because of how much I was willing them to bloom!

Here they are probably early July… When they were in full bloom. We had been away on honeymoon for 2 weeks. So we probably missed the best blooms. But it was a nice suprise when we got back.

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Here are some I collected for a neighbour

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This is one of the bunches….at our wedding. These ones literally bloomed the day before the wedding in June.

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We had a florist to do the house flowers. That equally became an obsession on its own right. I did learn something… That florists and I really don’t really work. I much prefer the growing!

This year I am trying to work out new ways to squish sweet peas into the ends of beds…. Then I found this inspiration image online! Which looks rather pretty!

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I collected pea children from last year, and I am planning to soak and sow them soon indoors. Hopefully with a cosy start they will get nice and strong like last years plants. I’m always a bit nervous starting seeds now as they can get a bit leggy. Looking forward to getting them growing!

From tiny seeds large veggies do grow. And raspberries are not good neighbours?

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The veggie order was placed last week. Seemed like a lot. But my new seeds arrived on Saturday and I always feel a little disappointed. Probably because large veggies grow from tiny seeds! (let’s hope) and….now I have to wait patiently to sow!!.. Although I have spotted a few I can get in early!

Potatoes came today, and raspberry canes are due in the next few weeks! No excuse to not be ready! I have made a mad sketch for my raspberry plans! No idea if they will fit! Will take a measure stick and plot it out next Saturday. I need to build some supports too and some fancy wire structures. And source some mulch! I was curious about companion plants but everything I read says that raspberry canes will obliterate any neighbours. So I will update.

We visited our friend last weekend, and as you do…we went to see her allotment! Such allotment geeks! They are allowed chickens! …So feeling all inspired I sorted out my seed box for the year. I’m a very messy gardener! I found that I have 3 packets of my favourite tomato seeds! And I ordered a special project seed: the soy bean!! My plan is to try and grow everything this year! No excuses!!