I’m sitting in our dining room tapping madly away on my laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update, where a group of global garden bloggers put pen paper to share their veg patches with all those interested. If you get a chance, pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table …
Our neighbour Leo who is a top bloke and a gun with a chainsaw called over on Sunday. Donned in a pair of shorts, T-Shirt, chaps, visor with ear muffs, protective glasses and boots, and totting a massive forestry chainsaw with a 36” bar … it was time to drop a couple of our pine trees which were hogging the hillside above our duck pond.
Camera in hand, I fired off several shots of a pine as it was falling and held my breath as it slammed into the ground.
The trees about 70 – 80 ft high hit the deck with a loud cracking sound, branches burying themselves into the dirt. They were then trimmed, blocked and are now ready for splitting. There is something about men and firewood!
At last, we have finally got 2 raised beds planted with an array of salad veg and flowers. I hated having to haul out the buckwheat yesterday – swathed in flowers it looked beautiful and was doing a great job of feeding the bees. My brother John and I perched ourselves on the sides of the bed with secateurs in hand and chopped up the greenery, yakking about all sorts of things as we snipped the buckwheat into pieces ready to be dug back in.
The soil in this bed looks great and it smelt pretty good too, might be something to do with the organic material I have been adding over the past few months. To top it off, we added some composted horse pooh thrown in for good measure. So into this space went :-
Scoresby tomato (dwarf variety)
Did I over plant? Yes of course I did! I really can’t help myself and will no doubt regret this as those plants vie for space as they do their thing. I threw about handfuls of that wonderful Rok Solid and then we gave the bed a good drench of water. Wonderful.
Bed number 2 had been prepped with home made compost, composted horse poo and coffee grounds, into this space went :-
Zucchini black beauty – Zucchini Cocozelle
Lettuce Great Lakes & Freckles
These toms aren’t dwarfs so these have been staked and lovely sweet basil has been planted close by (nothing like some good buddies together). I always plant cleome near my toms as the green shield beetles find them irresistible and from here I can easily pluck them from the leaves and stems. Flowers … always lots of them poked in with my veg for colour, cheer and to encourage beneficial insects!
Our alliums – think garlic, red and Egyptian walking onions are looking brilliant although the self seeded stuff in these beds is causing over crowding, I need to get ruthless.
We are sharing our strawberries with some of the 4 legged wild life – which I’m not happy about but this isn’t surprising as they are just deliciously sweet and rosy red.
Loads to do in our garden. Another bed to haul out and get ready for planting – and the next one to go in will be the chilli bed. These guys do like close planting as they enjoy a humid environ. In this bed are already geraniums which chillies enjoy growing with and I’m also going to plant them with some marjoram which apparently improves the flavour of veges planted close by. We shall see!
I need to get out in that orchard with my seaweed fertiliser and get spraying. The orchard by the way is looking fabulous …
Our garlic won’t be harvested for at least another month but it is already starting to send up the odd flower. No point leaving these on the plant, so I snap these off as I wander past – we want all the energy going into the bulb production.
Oh and before I forget – I’m going to poke some heirloom runner bean seeds into the dirt next to that trellis, top it up with some home made compost, coffee grounds and rok solid and wait expectantly until they germinate.
We haven’t been harvesting much as of late other than an the usual array of herbs, lemons and eggs – it’s been all about planting. Does nibbling on the odd strawberry count?
It won’t be long and we will be munching on lettuces, beetroot and spring onions and anything else that is ready from those salad spaces!
Sadly my lovely rooster Collin is no longer with us, but he has left us with 5 lovely little fluff balls who are living very happily in a hutch in our backyard with their Mum Gladys.
Thanks for stopping by … and Happy Gardening.