Simple work in the garden

Got some simple jobs done today, weeded the vegetable beds, cleared a strawberry bed of weeds/grass and invasive mint (Paul did most of it!).  Sown some more seeds, runner beans, peppers both sweet and hot variety.  And watered all the other seeds/seedlings.

I have updated the planting record here.

Paul mowed the lawns yesterday, and they all look lovely.  He’s been using a petrol hedge cutter to get the hedges looking good, and they look very smart now.

I’ve been deadheading the daffodils as much as possible.  We do have quite a lot of them growing, so I just pull the deadheads off as and when I get a minute.

One of our clematis is starting to flower, tiny white buds, almost ready to bloom.  So I now know that it is an early flowering clematis, and needs to be trimmed and pruned back in June.

All these simple jobs make me happy, I love pottering around out there, looking at the pond, seeing what’s happening in the greenhouse, and identifying all the plants we have growing in the beds.  I’ve identified Poppy plants in the bed near the greenhouse and spotted some pink Bleeding Hearts peeking out under a tree near the pond.

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Bleeding Hearts

 

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Poppy leaves are easy to spot, they are spiky and feathery looking.  Can’t wait for the flowers to come up!

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Sowing some seeds…

Today I managed to sow some more tomatoes (Heinz seeds gifted to me by my daughter for Mother’s Day), some spinach, sweetcorn, courgettes and radish.

 

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Radish and Spinach sown 7/4/17

 

 

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Sweetcorn sown 7/4/17

 

I noticed that the tomatoes and cucumbers I sowed a week or so ago have started to come up already…

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Cucumbers popping their heads up!
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Tomatoes sprouting!

I have updated my planting record here, with these new seeds.  Hope to see them sprouting soon.  Next I will be planting my beans I think, and some lettuce.

Greenhouse before and after

A few months ago I did get outside, and clear out the greenhouse, which I will admit, I had left in a bit of a horrible mess last Autumn!!!

So here are the before and after photos:

Before the clear-out:

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After the clear-out:

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I still need to wash down the windows!!! yikes… so much to do.  How do I get into a routine, that’s the question..

Sowing Squash, Pumpkins, Garlic and Spinach!

Today I did quite a bit in the garden and greenhouse!

I sowed an extra row of spinach, next to the first row which was sown at the end of March and is coming up slowly but surely!

Sorry, the pictures are not that great, but here are the spinach seedlings, and the blank bit of soil next to them is the bit where I have sowed the new seeds:

 

Then I remembered I had another lot of garlic to plant, and wasn’t sure if it was too late, so thought I would plant it anyway.  Some of the cloves were soft and slightly mouldy so I threw them away and just planted the rest.  We will see what happens:

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Then I decided to get on with sowing some Squash seeds and some Pumpkins:

 

And then my delivery turned up – with 100 x 3′ pots – which I will definitely be making use of, and 10 black plant sacks (like pots, but sacks) which I am planning to grow my potatoes in.  I am going to line them all up in the poly-tunnel and see what happens.

Well that’s it.  A lot of the seeds that I sowed the other day are now starting to pop up above the soil, so I will give you an update on those soon.

Just before I go: here is a photo of my courgettes!  They look so lovely and cheerful:

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Bye for now!

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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