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.
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!
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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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 🙂 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.
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
Courgette x2 varieties
Sunflowers x 2 varieties
Squash red kiri
Tomatoes… The first!
And here is the plot in overview. My bulbs are doing well 🙂 seeing all the bees last weekend I’m so glad I put so many in. And it looks great!! More next year.
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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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
Greenhouse bed: Flowers and illegal strawberries 🙂
Raspberries full season. And strawberries friends. Although my mid season never grew. So I had a moan… Replacements being sent end of May.
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:
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!
Cape gooseberry (aka Ryan gosling gosberries)
And I have more seeds to sow and re sow!
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!
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!
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 and 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! 😁
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…
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.
But then I saw this!! And I was enraged!! Slug or snail you have met your nemesis!
I consoled myself by eating this…
My outdoor plants are doing ok and I got treated to a lovely sundown!
Excited to say the plants in our flat are cracking on!
Finally…. I have had cucumber and Courgette success!!
But I think I mixed my tags between the two. Any ideas how to tell them apart at this stage!?
I’m going to take them (Courgette and cucumber) to the greenhouse for a pot on (some of the plants are super leggy! Planted very shallow… I have to admit a lot of soil prodding… ” Hello you awake?”)
My soy beans are still snoozing…. I keep reading articles on these; super excited about them!
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.
Here are my tomatoes…after the pot on. I might have a few too many as I only need 12 plants!
And my borage, beetroot, lettuce is all cracking on.
Also I think we have a bird’s nest in our attic :)!
I made it down the plot on Easter Sunday! I had a good dig and got one potato bed all set. Just waiting to add the all important potatoes. I did some weeding; this time of year they pop up so fast! But I did have time to admire the welcome weeds…
I fixed a path (removing evil weeds that spread under our paths (when we first got the plot I recall how we thought this was asparagus!… Makes me laugh every time!). It’s one of those necessary but very boring jobs.
Finally finished organising my strawberries! I decided to remove the old aged plants at the end of the bed. And I went back on the Monday and put onions in. (I’m not sure they are exactly companion plants.. But a space is a space… Right?!)
On Monday I went back. And got the remaining onion and garlic in… Just one box left. I am searching for a suitable empty spot.
-Sweet peas. Ticking along after the re pot.
-sunflowers. In hiding still
-lettuce. Germinated… Just about
-cat mint… A few tiny seedlings have appeared
-lucky dip. Some little seedling have emerged… Still no ideas! I will have to post photos for help!
-Nasturtium. Germinated it’s virtually a weed… But a weed tgat
-tomatoes. Germinated and potted into larger pots
-My back up beans sprouted, and I popped them into the plot yesterday… I had dug up a few poor bean seeds by accident… But a few sown direct into the ground made it! Which was good news!!
Seeds at home:
-Cucumbers… I have about 4 growing away happily. I will move these out to the greenhouse soon!
-Chillies. Growing away happily. I’m going to keep half in the flat and half in the greenhouse as a mini experiment
-Courgette… Still no shows. This is the one veg I struggle to get going every year. I’m sure it should be easy!!?
-Soybeans. In hiding
-Caped gosberries. In hiding
And then I went home and scoffed lots of chocolate!