Thursday, 27 February 2014
Another sunny day meant there was time for me to go to the allotment and see our new greenhouse. Well, when I say new what I really mean is extra. It belonged to another allotmenteer and like our first allotment greenhouse was damaged by the gales before Christmas - so much so that the owner has had enough and is swapping to a poly-greenhouse, and giving this one away. Lots of the glass is broken but by joining the two together we're hoping to save on glass in the linking 'wall'. For now there's no glass in either - ours was damaged too and we decided to 'de-glaze' it till Spring. I don't imagine we'll be growing more tomatoes, peppers, aubergines etc just able to grow them all inside. Now all we need is some lovely Spring weather.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
|front flower bed|
I started with a small clump when we moved here and they've just spread and spread
|under the front window|
|small bed by front door|
|a new patch by the seat|
|trying to encircle the back lawn|
|...and another pot|
|solitary flower in old veg patch|
|crocus for variety|
Monday, 24 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
This is it!
I haven't been down to the allotment this week although Hubby and the dog went digging. I'd been hoping for more dry days but the weather had other ideas.
So, nothing picked from there and just the merest handful of spinach, rocket and land cress leaves, two tiny spring onions and the first shoots of chives from home.
Friday, 14 February 2014
Up till recently the weather's been quite mild and last year's nasturtiums are still clinging on to life in this wall basket. As it's dropped a bit colder now, I thought I'd protect them with bubble wrap. It seems such a shame to lose them this close to Spring. Hopefully this will give them that little bit of warmth that could make all the difference.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
There's a lot of brassicas in various guises this week.
Two tiny cabbages that weren't going to grow any more. Barely enough for one person on either though.
A heap of brussels sprouts, some a bit too open but edible even so.
Lots of kale - probably more than we'll eat - and tiny broccoli spears
Spinach off course - a bit dirty and nibbled so careful picking through needed.
and these rather fat and weird radish were found in the garden while I was weeding and clearing. I new there were lots of tops and leaves but never expected to find radish when I pulled them up.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
At home, in Tuesday's sunshine, I started to clear the garden - lots of dead stalks needed to be tidied up to let the snowdrops through and a small area of the veg patch dug and weeded ready for sowing, though that probably won't be till next month.
After that the weather turned wet though I did manage some brief pottering around on Friday which was cold but dry. Clearing up at home has had to stop for a while as the compost bin is full again! When it's decomposed for a while, I'll carry on with the weeding.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
and american land cress
and of course it's the time of year to have summer's crops starting life in the greenhouse - cabbages
a couple of lettuce (the rest eaten by slugs and snails)
and broad beans under the holly which should keep the mice at bay.
At first glance the garden isn't looking to exciting this month but look closely and the signs of Spring are there.
Snowdrops are waiting to burst into flower any day now with some more sunshine.
The first crocus are peeping through the weeds
The polyanthus have flowered well for most of winter
though something, possibly birds though could be mice, has been eating this pink one.
another all-winter flowerer, the winter jasmine is starting to look bedraggled
as is the hollyhock. I'm hoping this will survive any cold weather still to come and grow to the upstairs windows in summer.
and the oriental poppy is trying, again!, to flower.
More usual signs of Spring are the first flowers on the bergenia
and a solitary pansy
Spring definitely feels like it's on the way - though Groundhog Day/ Candlemas was sunny bright so we should be in for more wintery weather yet.