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October plot

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So the weekend came …and went! I didn’t get a lot done, but I did get my hands dirty (mainly because I forgot my gardening gloves!)

I think my weekend is best explained in photos

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I went on a lovely walk with a friend

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My cape gooseberry fruits are becoming ripe off branch πŸ™‚

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And my plants in the greenhouse are still going strong!

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I have a mini harvest…

Courgette
Leek
Beetroot
Raspberries
Carrots
Chillies
Cape gooseberry…

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I’m still getting a good haul on my raspberry plants. I’m really chuffed; it’s year one and they have been fantastic producers… Can’t wait for year 2!

I had my first ever carrot success! They may be small… But hopefully they make up for it in flavour! ha ha!

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3 of my courgette plants are still going…

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And that’s my lot… My to do list will just have to be done next week :).

Happy gardening!

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The giant cucumber week

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I made it to the plot on Sunday. Time runs away with me on the plot, in a happy way (especially in the sunshine) so complete with suncream I set to work!

Things I did:
-dug up my remaining early potatoes (not so early…but looking lovely) and they have not been attacked by bugs this year! I only stabbed a few. So generally it wasn’t the disaster I was predicting! Yay!!
– dug over the whole bed… watered and then in went… (shop sources plugs ….sorry wanted to give them a running start!) kale, broccoli, cauliflower. Thanks for the suggestions on my last post.

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Back bed

-I removed my final black fly ridden bean plants and spaced out my chard seedlings a little more…the seedlings are doing really well now and perhaps this is a lesson in patience (as I should have let them get a bit bigger before I moved the first lot) however I am sure they will catch up

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Chard, peas and leeks

-covered my beetroot plants again as they are determined to push themselves out of the soil
-sowed a new lot of spring onions
-then my assistant came to join me; we sat in the hammock read books and ate chocolate fingers πŸ™‚

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Hammock time

On the eat/pick list:
-tomatoes from greenhouse… Just
-Courgette and one huge giant marrow!
-potatoes, all the earliest are stored now
-spring onions, just picking as and when
-rocket and spinach
-one giant cucumber!

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Giant cucumber

What’s happening:
-my first sunflowers is nearly ready to flower! perhaps by the end of this week!? Only 11 more to go!

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Sunflower

– my carrot seeds sown on a whim have shooted! So although I don’t reallyΒ like carrots there is hope for carrots on my plot and will keep assistant happy as he likes then!
– my late sown flower seeds are taking hold and I think I wil need to try and recall what I planted and space then out…. Possibly around the plot. Fingers crossed they might flower before the end of summer!
-sweet peas are making lots of lovely seed pods and drying off nicely! A lovely friend gave me some ‘seed saver’ pots so I can get these into action!
– my snap draggons (sorry I don’t know the grown up name yet) look amazing, as does the cosmos (is that what they are even called?)!! So I am going to try and save some of the for next year.

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The plot in all its madness

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Complete with sunflower wall 🌻🌻🌻🌻

Last weekends plot activities!

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I spent a large chunk of Sunday on the plot. Yay!!

– And I got new gardening gloves! Mine either have bee’s living in them or ends of fingers missing. So new gloves are amazing!!

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-I used up some more of my mountain of stones (word of advice… A mountain of stones… Bad idea. Takes agggges to sort out). But that space is now flat!… Or at least flat enough for one of my new ‘mobile’ grow bags. (Mobile if you have super human strength!) Anyway it’s extra grow space that was not there before… Yippee! I have 3 of these grow bags and waited an age for them to arrive. I need to go back with seeds to get things growing! They take lots more soil than I realised

– I fixed and set a new path with those stones! πŸ™‚

– I did some good old weeding! 3 years in the weeding is getting easier.

– I evaluated my dead garlic bulbs… About 1/3 and replaced with two tomato plants (back ups that never made it) from my greenhouse. I get mixed results from outdoor toms… But I would rather have the space busy.

-I sorted out my sweet peas and tied them in. Flowers clipped and home for sharing.

– and I potted up my sole soybean plant… My 2nd cucumber plant… And one of the caped gooseberry plants.

My lovely husband has been taking care of the plot for the last 2 days. So tonight will be my first visit in a few days. I love these visits as everything grows like crazy whilst your not looking!

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!

Progress

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Last night I noticed the spinach is just coming through. I also noticed that not only do we get a squirrel visitor; but today we also had a little raven sitting on the hanging baskets. For a few weeks I put a feeder out; But discovered the bird seed went all over! Bit worried he might turn veggie and eat my baby toms!

I also saw.some bright lights chard; its amazing, looks like northern lights but in veg form! Β