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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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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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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