A Second Strawberry Bed Plus Spinach!

Yesterday, I finished adding a couple of bags of farmyard manure to the second strawberry bed, and got the strawberry plugs in their new homes.  Although, a couple of the plants had had their leaves knocked off in delivery, so I was a bit disappointed about that.  I have planted them anyway, in the hopes that their leaves will regrow and they will still do well.

Pictures of farmyard manure, bed before digging in manure and bed with manure mixed in:

 

Here are the strawberry plants in their new bed, and I added a net for protection from the birds (there are so many crows around here).  I also sowed a line of spinach at the edge of the strawberry patch.  The spinach seeds were a beautiful blue colour!

 

I also took some photos of the lovely flowers springing up all over the garden:

Then I went and took a look at the polytunnel and started to wonder what on earth I am going to do with it.  It is a mess!  Sawdust and wood all over the floor and the plastic cover is burned and ruined.  Might need to tear it down and get a new one. Shame really, but it was like this when we moved here.

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A new bed, and a busy day!

Today we all got out in the garden and managed to dig over the bed next to the poly tunnel, ready for the other 12 strawberry plants.  There was some old asparagus in this bed which we didn’t want anymore as well as some mint, weeds and other weird looking grassy things.  It took a long while to dig it all over and remove all the stones, and rubbish.

Here’s the bed before:

Here is the bed after!

I am so excited to plant out my 12 strawberry plugs tomorrow!  I think I will add some more mint to the bed too, as there are two very small mint plants left at the back, and I do like mint.

I have also put a net over my strawberry roots that I planted out yesterday, just to keep them safe from birds:

We also have a little robin in the garden  now (from the children for Mother’s day) and a bird feeder (also from the children):

 

And lastly an update on my lettuces and other veg in the greenhouse.  Lettuces have come up and look very cute in my Beatrix Potter pots, and the cabbage, broccoli and broad beans are sprouting too!  Even the garlic has some shoots forming:

 

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Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Peppers!

A quick update on how my cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are all doing!

I am very pleased.  I have about 16 tomato plants!!  5 cucumber plants.  Lots and lots of peppers, which need to be potted on.  They are still indoors too, and I need to think about getting them into the greenhouse, as they are getting bigger now.

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Strawberries take over!

So today I prepared two flower tubs which I was planning to use for my strawberry runners.  However, after roping in the children to help me fill them, I realised they had no drainage holes and was back to square one!

 

So then I had to think what to do, as I had already put the strawberry plant roots in water to soak.  They needed somewhere to go and quick!

Looking around the garden, I didn’t have any other large containers to fit them, and the only other place was the bed that I had already dug out for my herbs.  So the strawberries have now taken it over.  I filled it with a layer of compost, as my manure has not arrived yet.

Here are the plants soaking:

And here are the plants after planting:

I just hope I have done them right!  The crown of each plant needs to be sitting on the soil, not too far under, and not too far above.  So fingers crossed.  Also, is it warm enough?  Should I cover them?  I have soooo many questions!!! arghh!

Now I just have to find a new place for my herb bed, oh and somewhere to plant the other 12 plug strawberry plants I have!!

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Following a dream!

I am so super excited about this, I am now training for:

RHS Level 2 & 3 Principles of Horticulture

The course I am dong is with the Edinburgh Garden School.

I am so looking forward to learning all about plants, horticulture, garden design etc.  Can’t wait.  And it will help me with my growing escapades in our garden too.

A new part of my life, a lot of fun and knowledge to be gained and hopefully once qualified a new career on the horizon too.

An example of the level 2 stuff I will be learning:

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Gardening Knowledge for FREE!

So, if you want to learn about growing your own veg or flowers, then why not get down to the local library and grab a few books for free!?

The library is one of my favourite places to be, because I am obsessed with books, and I can get them for free there.  I have to avoid Amazon as I will no doubt be tempted to buy something if I go on it.  But with the library you don’t have to worry, as long as you return the books on time.

I have learned an awful lot about growing my own vegetables so far, but have a long way to go, so I took a trip to the library today and got some books:

  1. Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course
  2. The Gardener’s Year, by Which?
  3. Chicken Coops for the Soul, by Julia Hollander

The chicken book slipped in as an extra fun read, and because I am tempted to get some chickens of my own, but still undecided whether to go for it or not!  Anyone else got chooks?  Do you recommend them?  I’d love to get some, but don’t want to get in over my head!

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Cucumber progress and Hot Peppers!

My cucumbers are all doing great, can’t believe how nicely they are coming on now.  After a shaky start, when nothing seemed to be happening, they are now looking more promising.  Must of been the spell in the airing cupboard that got them going?!  Well whatever it is, I’m pleased.

Also my tomato seedlings seem to be enjoying their new bigger pots!  They are looking nice and perky.

My cucumber seedlings and tomato seedlings:

And my hot peppers have started coming up too – very happy about this as planted them weeks ago and thought the seeds had rotted.  Seems as though I put a few too many in one of the modules, but I can thin this out.  Just glad there is some activity here at last!

The Hot Pepper seedlings:

 

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Potting Tomato Seedlings On and more..

Today I took my tomato seedlings in to the greenhouse to pot them on.  Potting on is what you need to do when your seedlings have grown too big for their initial cell/pot.  I chose 12 of the best seedlings and discarded the others, apart from two, which I have left in the greenhouse as an experiment to see if it is warm enough to put the rest of them out there.

My tomato seedlings are now nice and snug in some 3 inch pots of their own.  I only handled the seedlings by the leaves, I did not touch the stems, as that can damage the root system and stem.  The tomato seedlings were then brought back into the kitchen to keep warm.  You should not try to harden off plants on the same day as potting on, so I’ve heard!

I also took a look around the greenhouse to see what was happening.  And there was not much happening to be honest!  I moved my lettuce and coriander into my new mini greenhouse (which is now living inside my proper greenhouse) to give them some extra warmth.  I got the mini greenhouse as a mother’s day present from my little ones.

I then put a cloched hoop tunnel over my remaining seed trays (broccoli, cabbage, broad beans, garlic and leeks), and then put a cloche cover on top of that!  So they have two layers for warmth now.  Once some seedlings start to come through I will then decide whether to remove one layer.

So that’s it, an update on my garden.  All going to plan so far.  My hot peppers have started to come through, and so have my cucumbers.  My normal peppers have not come through at all yet! These are all living in my kitchen until it warms up a bit.

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Free seeds and an update on tomato seedlings!

So this morning my Grow Your Own magazine arrived with the post and there was some lovely free seeds on the front: Brocolli, Leeks, Courgettes and Celery (2 packs).  I am very pleased and will be planting them all soon.

I also checked my tomato seedlings, which had been snuggling in the airing cupboard and nearly all of them have popped their heads above the soil!  They are a little yellow though, and I think this is due to the lack of light, so I have taken them out of the airing cupboard and back in front of the window to cheer up a bit.

Some pictures: