Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The other plants that I have succeeded in flowering are the Xmas and Easter Cactus.I think they bloom down to the length of the day.The Xmas cactus seems to flower twice a year and is festooned in the pink flowers.
I have had a weakness for houseplants since I lived in flats and houses with no garden.A little bit of greenery indoors can do wonderful things for the soul.Nurturing a living thing gives pleasure when you keep it alive,and it grows well.
Monday, February 25, 2013
It was broadcast over thirty years ago,buts it is still making an impact.There are Allotment waiting lists,seed companies and shops like wilkos selling lots of fruit,and vegetables seeds and plants for people to grow at home.Community groups have local people tending plots or bag gardens.Schools are teaching children gardening and how the fruit and veg in a supermarket comes to be there.There is a lot of grow bags,and raised bed systems for the plot holders or for people to grow on their patios.People dream about small holdings and having chickens,ducks,pigs,or sheep.The original good life.
I have had an allotment for four or five years now.I remember watching the programs and must have been influenced.Once I got my green fingers growing spider plants and busy Lizzie's I moved onto Tomato's and Chili's.I have gone from small beginnings to quite ambitious.I still try to grow as much healthy fruit and vegetables as I can manage within the constrains of working full time.
It is fun planting seeds,seeing them germinate and grow into healthy plants.Finally if they grow well enough you can eat your hard work and know what has gone into growing it.The satisfaction you get is amazing,and keeps me coming back every new growing season to try new things.
The horse meat scandal here shows we are massively disconnected from how our food is produced,and even what ingredients are contained within them.
Growing your own vegetables,and Fruit is one way of keeping it local.Grown in Yorkshire.
I went to the muddy allotment today (like the photo above) and made up the tenth raised bed.I put down two black weed guards over the middle section.I want to eventually put another four raised beds in that space and have the paths covered in black tarp so only the beds and paths around the edge of the allotment will need weeding.A cheeky Blackbird followed me around and was diving into an excavated bit of soil.He liked me turning soil over to pull out creeping Buttercup,and grasses.
I trimmed the deadwood from last years fruiting Raspberries.They were all volunteer plants saved from the grass and weeds.They are thriving,and hopefully will produce pounds of juicy pink Raspberries for eating,jam,and desserts.
I have a mental checklist of all the jobs to do up at the plot.The soil was cold in my hands.I have a month to get the beds ready for sowing seeds and potatoes.The greenhouse will start off all the tender plants that need some TLC to get going before being moved to the allotment beds.
There are two Rhubarb crowns growing well,that I have planted up there.They will stay,and the other two ancient crowns will be dug out to make room for the two crowns i have in the cold frame.
The brambles are taller than my shed and were scratching my coat and arms today.That needs cutting back and the sage bed needs clearing.
February is a funny month.Between winter and spring.It was cold,drizzly,and muddy but I enjoyed the quiet solitude,the low ambient light,the birds singing,and my Blackbird companion hopping up and down across all the link a board raised beds like a hurdler.The garden and the allotment are my version of the good life.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
There were lots of food and drink stalls,a cookery theatre,a pantomime dame called Ruby Rhubarb walking around the cathedral precinct.Some canny stall holders were selling hot drinks, mulled wine,and hot cider.It was cold and blowing snow flakes.There were Spanish Churros,Buffalo burgers,and sausages making my mouth water.It seemed fairly busy too.It runs until tomorrow.
The garden has a peacock, a cockerel,four Frogs,and a scarecrow.There is an England gnome in a hanging basket but the frost and cold has worn his paint off.The Frog on the right has also started to chip away.the lacquer has dropped off in two places.Yorkshire is quite cold sometimes and takes its toll on the garden statues.
It has been a cold weekend.I have tidied the garden up and am impatiently waiting for March to start sowing my Vegetable seeds.the greenhouse is cleared out and ready to start growing the plants from seeds.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I will be going either tomorrow or on Saturday to buy some tender forced rhubarb,and to enjoy the other stalls that will be there.Its going to be cold so I hope there is lots of hot food and drinks for sale.
I bought two new lots of Rhubarb to grow up at the allotment.I will dig up the old crowns and replace them with these young plants once they have grown a bit.I have two younger crowns that are growing away now between the grasses and weeds!
I wander if these flowers originated there before being sent to Britain.They are like a Rembrandt picture.
It has got cold again today.February always lulls us into thinking spring is near and then the artic winds and snow come back with a vengeance.At least I have some flowers to keep my spirits up.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Chinese Tree Peony has regrown from the soil with lots of energy.I hope it flowers this year.It has not bloomed since we bought it.
The greenhouse was weighted down by almost 20litres of mud.Last years rain had caused the mud from next doors garden to slide onto the frame covering it totally.I found a baby frog too in the mud at the side of the greenhouse.The new cover makes it look like a new greenhouse!It has been swept out,and the pots put back inside it.
I planted the Primulas in the sunken border.They have added some colour splashes in the garden.I planted a Morello Cherry tree into a pot.Until i can decide where to plant it..
I also bought two Rhubarb crowns from Hampsons.These will be grown on and planted up at the allotment.The old crowns will be dug out and composted.
I made a new frame for the Braeburn Apple tree to try and keep it upright once it has fruited.I tied some canes together to try to make a new frame.
I want to see if the birds like the second feeder that is now in the garden.It means they can be rotated around the patio to stop the build up of seeds in one area.
Lots of shopping,spending,and garden tidying.Its looking good.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I went shopping today for lots of garden sundries.A large paraffin heater, a compost bin for the kitchen to store the vegetable waste(before going out to feed the worms),a Parisian style patio set of table and two chairs, a new parasol holder granite base to make the bird feeder mobile,a metal wheel barrow for the allotment,and a decorative Rose arch to grow two scented Roses up.
I have bought Black Asiatic Lilly's,coloured Anemone De Caens,Cut flower Tulips,and Daffodils for the houses vases.
Spring is nearly here.I'm getting excited.
Monday, February 04, 2013
I cut back the Butterfly bush but the Ceanothus is still massive,and untrimmed.Cutting it back small will let more light onto our solar panel butterfly lights.
I hope tomorrow is drier so I can finish the garden tidy up.