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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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Un-posted! But not forgotten a

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This is a VERY delayed forgotten post from a few weeks ago…

I got a good few hours in at the plot last weekend. I did a bit of everything!

I got my back bed cleared, organised and dug. That’s all beds set for growing. Yipeee! Getting closer to growing season…. Fast forward one week….. and I have sown spinach, sweed and beetroot in this bed.

I have seen a bit of talk about sowing in sand to help seeds seperate, avoid rotting and to spot seedling vs weed? Curious to know peoples thoughts and advice on this.

My potatoes are finally coming up, I am dutifully keeping on top of covering with soil. Even the flodded bed (lesson learnt, do not drain willow soak into allotment)

My leeks are starting to grow along, but my spring onions (tape) seems to have failed. I love my spring onions so its back to the drawing board on this.

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Tissue or seed tape?!

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I have a horrid never ending cold at the moment. But I had to laugh when yesterday I was scrabbling in my pocket and pulled out seed tape instead of my tissue!

So yes the spring onion seed tape went in ๐Ÿ™‚ and was not used as a tissue. I have never ‘seed’ anything like it… Giant wide seed tape… With a little strip of seeds in the middle. Let’s hope it works.

Garlic and onions moved out from my greenhouse, and went in a freshly dug patch.

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And I got my mixed leeks sown. And I got some beetroots sown, or I will do when I go back today.

I got lots of seeds in on Friday night… As a result we are dinning around seedlings…Needs must!

The sown list
Sweet corn
Courgette x2 varieties
Sunflowers x 2 varieties
Chillies
Cucumbers
Squash red kiri
Pumpkin
Nasturtiumย 
Tomatoes… The first!

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And here is the plot in overview. My bulbs are doing well ๐Ÿ™‚ seeing all the bees last weekend I’m so glad I put so many in. And it looks great!! More next year.

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And my bulb lasagne pots are working, I can see my tulips slowly emerging. Then it’s the summer bulbs after that!

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Watering run!

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We went to the plot last night for a quick water run. It’s always great to see progress even when you are not looking.

The beds are almost all set:

Strawberries and a few onions
Garlic and onions
Broad beans
Greenhouse bed: Flowers and illegal strawberries ๐Ÿ™‚
Raspberries full season. And strawberries friends. Although my mid season never grew. So I had a moan… Replacements being sent end of May.
Carrots
Leeks
Sweet peas!!
Spring onions
Potatoes… All but my last maincrop went in. I need to find a late spot for these…. I have a plan. But it’s going to take some hard graft!

Things outside in pots…. To go into ground:
Beetroot
Sweet pea left overs
California poppy… Need to divide and plant out

Things in greenhouse:
Tomatoes… Far to many so some of these will require re home this weekend?
Cucumber plants…re home some again and trade for Courgette plants
Sunflowers that didn’t get eaten by mouse… to go outside to toughen up. And I need to source some more!
Chillies
Cape gooseberry (aka Ryan gosling gosberries)

And I have more seeds to sow and re sow!

Ryvita time!

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Sown my first batch of micro greens. They look suspiciously like Ryvitas all lined up in kitchen window. But in 7 days I look forward to getting my micro snip on!

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Microsoft greens!

I wanted to get these for ages! It’s basically a grown up version of a cress head! The simplest things are often the best.

Our cheeky cat appeared thinking they seeds were treats for her!

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Our pigglet cat. Having had HER breakfast!

The fairies must have been listening!

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The fairies must have seen me digging, and planning! As I have been offered lots of edging wood for my plot!
Super excited!!! (my inner scavenger is leaping with joy). So off I ran to collect the wood. I must have looked like the cat that got the cream! I certainly feel like it!

I got home on Monday with 1 hour before dark! I located the saw andย got to work down at the plot cutting the planks to a more manageable size. It’s suprising hard work sawing these monsters, but I got a fair bit done! I want to keep the beds flexible rather than making fixed frames… Bit it might be a bit of a project to see what works! I’m so chuffed! 😁

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New edging cut to size

Over the bank holiday weekend I have plans! And also curious how hard is it to make a bench or table out of scrap wood…

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Taa-daa! ๐Ÿ™‚

To do/ done list!

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Oh dear forgot to post this…..

Gosh it’s hot. I’m sitting on my train home writing my post…and again on my way to work today.

The to do/done list:
-The tats have been in the car. I like to imagine them yelling out ‘road trip!’ I need to bring these into the flat….and I hope to get them in the ground this weekend!

-chillies to pot up. 1/2 for plot and 1/2 for home. I got these potted, just need to bring half home tonight!
-Courgette and cucumbers to move to greenhouse… I did this.

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Potted up cucumber, Courgette and chillies

But then I saw this!! And I was enraged!! Slug or snail you have met your nemesis!

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This is not how plants are supposed to look!

I consoled myself by eating this…

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Chocolate treats!

My outdoor plants are doing ok and I got treated to a lovely sundown!

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Sundown