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To hot to garden, time to knit!

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This weekend was so hot! So the plot plans sort of went out the window. But we got some things done….

What we did:
-dug out the spinach, put in new seed.
-weeded
-covered up my betroots again (they have no modest 😜)
– and collected a some of the sweet pea pods (in colours… So hopefully next year I can make sure I grow a bit of everything.

Eat/harvest list:
-rocket
-spinach
-spring onions
-greenhouse tomatoes at last
-the odd raspberry

Things to watch:
– The sunflowers are flowing at last, and the bee population are having a field day!

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Sunflower all the buzz

– The giant cucumber… We are still eating last week’s monster!
– The cape gooseberrys are forming!! I never thought this would actually happen (as I nearly killed them off)

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Cape gooseberry

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Much of the weekend was used for knitting 🙂 something I have not done in a while (for myself anyway) and I had my lovely fluffy assistant to help!

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A week of funshine!

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It’s been a busy week….so a quick review….
Birthday. 30. Just enough time to water and save a bee at the plot. Then a mystery day out. Amazing Indian lunch with chocolate samosa. Garden museum. Crazy cocktails at Purl.  And japanese dinner. Lovely day and sunset!

And then we had a week off work. And possibly the best UK weather. Ever!! I have to admit its been much to hot for me at the allotment. Instead we have been rather lazy sitting at the park/ reading/ bbqing/ drinking bubbly/going to the beach/going to Hampton court flower show… All in the glorious sun and heat!! 🙂

With it being so hot the plot has needed a lot of water. And we have started getting crops in, which is always exciting! And it’s non stop sweet pea season.

This week we have had:
Red currants
Broad beans
Spring onions
Sweet peas
Blueberries
Raspberries
Cucumber

Growing success:
-Cucumbers and going like crazy (1st year growing)
-Chillies have flowers!
-Lots of courgette on the way!
-Spring onions (1st year growing)
-Leeks
-Onions!! (First year these have worked!!)

Growing worries:
-Tomatoes seem slow… But making progress
-Potatoes. Only my maincrop have flowered. But we shall see what unfolds.
-garlic epic, but a little less than last year! So that’s a positive at least!

I have started tagging my sweet peas so I know the colours for next year. I ended up with so much white this year! Struggling to know when to stop cutting and just let them go to seed. Any advice?

I’m really pleased with the plot as I feel we have maxed out our growing space this year. The last few years of trail and error are teaching me so much. But there is always a little gap or project to be worked on!!

Photos to follow! And Hampton court show post to follow also!! 🌱

Hot hot hot! Grumpy gardener.

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My greenhouse seeds got frazzled alive!

I should have known and made a bigger effort to get down the plot after work during the week… Or Friday night or even Saturday… But I left it till Sunday evening. Big mistake!!!

I have just installed a weather app on my phone (i hope technology will save the day). And I’m going to make a more conscious effort to get to the plot for a water; if we get near 15/20c (tuesday….). In the summer I usually leave the door off: but it’s so up and down at the moment! I came back from the plot muttering to myself… (If I had a greenhouse / garden this wouldn’t happen… If I had kept my seedling at home like I have done on the past…if I actually took notice of the weather!)

Grump over…
Sadly I can’t go back in time. But I can sow more seeds! Today I packed my work bag with failed seedlings and my gardening gloves. Tonight I will be legging it out the office to catch those last rays of daylight at the plot for some re sowing.

I did water my seedlings… In the hope they might have a tiny bit of life left in them. Fingers crossed!
And it wasn’t a total disaster. The mini modules (beetroot, borage, lettuce, lucky dip seeds) suffered the worst as they just dry out so fast. Everything else was ok.

On a possitive note; I took my first leggy cucumber plants down to the greenhouse… And I left a window open!!

Roasted alive!?

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I was worried my greenhouse seeds might have been roasted alive these last few days!

So I escaped work and legged it to the plot for an inspection. 5 beds are full now. Strawberries, onion garlic, beans, raspberries.

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Our plot

Here are my tomatoes…after the pot on. I might have a few too many as I only need 12 plants!

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Tomatoes after the pot on

And my borage, beetroot, lettuce is all cracking on.

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Seedlings

Also I think we have a bird’s nest in our attic :)!

Marrakech weekend away

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So we are back after 4 fabulous days in Marrakech! It was a blissful 30c with blue skies every day! (apparently that is unusually warm for this time of year, so feeling super lucky!)

This was our first trip to Marrakech and I cannot recommend it enough!

We stayed in a tradtional riad in the median. Which I mainly choose as it was named after a plant I like… Riad les Bougainvilliers (and the great reviews helped!)

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Inside our Riad!

And it did indeed have lots of bougainvilliers. Every colour imaginable!

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Bourgenvilliers in the roof terrace

We went prepared with 2 guide books, and great suggestions from seasoned visitors, a mini map, and some offline apps on our phones. We both downloaded the trip advisor app for Marrakech… Which seems a bit boring (i know!) but used together with a rough guide works a treat. My phone was actually better for this and I directed us to a few tiny cafe gems…. that we would otherwise have missed! And it’s all offline! We saved a wish list of to do things and then we could easily see what was in each area. Also it saves you being miss directed by the locals. 🙂 and we walked all holiday. Just cabs to and from the airport. Comfy shoes are a must!

On our first day we walked through the souks to get a taster… After the heat it’s like going into a nice cool pool…. Out we popped in the northern part of the medina. Clearly we have a better on board compass than we realised….or it may have just been luck! We didn’t use the map app fully until the final day… After all it is fun to get a bit lost! And we did our fair bit of that!

Day 1:
-souk wander…
North medina tourist hot spots:
maison de la photographie
medersa ben youssef
musee de marrakech

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Plants on a rooftop

Day 2:
-Cooking course at Amal Women’s Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant
This was recomended by a friend and was great! We learnt about the centre and how they work to improve women’s lives through education and training. And we also learnt how to cook a great tagine! And after our hard work… We got to sit and enjoy it 🙂

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Amal

-I got to indulge my ‘plant passion’ at Jardin Majorelle I will post some photos soon… Just need to edit!

-Souk wander: mission cushion! We haggled, but we both agreed we were ‘had’!
– for the evening we walked to cafe clock (no 2# food place in Marrakech) it was great and we went back for lunch on day 3! (The trip advisor map came into its own here…as we walked the winding dark ally ways like experts!)

Day 3:
South medina tourist areas
-Saadian tombs
-El Badi Palace
-Bahia Palace

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Watching the sun go down

Day 4:
-a quick visit to get some pastrys (to take home!🐖) although we did get a few free tasters!

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Sweet treats

-souks… To find a lantern!
-lots of breaks for drinks and lunch in roof top cafes. We found a new ish place called ‘nomad’ we found this from another rooftop… And after some wandering we found it at ground level. It’s not very traditional, but it was great food and very trendy!!

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-stopped for a juice on the market then slowly wandered back to our riad.

Loved it! Next time we hope to do a few days in the atlas mountains!

And then back to reality! I can get my allotment seeds sown now!