Thursday, 28 May 2015
Plants a go go ...
Over the last few weeks I have not done as much gardening as I would have liked - often it was raining when I could have been gardening and when it wasn't raining I was tied up with other things ... so things have been backing up and I was feeling I was getting rather behind. However this week the weather gods have been smiling on me and I have found plenty of time to get caught up a bit.
First I needed to get plants that I started from seed and potted on out into the garden. These plants in fact:
I have planted out my pumpkins, courgettes, broccoli, nasturtiums, runner beans, sweet peas and sunflowers. Hopefully we have seen the last of frosts for a while as many of these are tender. A few years ago we did get a rare frost on May 28th so as I type this on the evening of the 27th I feel I should be OK.
What it does however leave me with is another job to do - namely to sort this lot out!!
I have also weeded, cut back edges, helped Ben build a hazel a bean wigwam in his garden,earthed up potatoes and moved poo! A LOT of poo! Simon had a mini-mini digger for a job and with time to spare he brought it here to clean out the pig pens. I then had the slightly more energetic job of barrowing this black gold (as it is known in gardening circles) up to the garden. UP the hill. Yes, you realise after several heavy loads that having your veg garden higher up than your pig pens is a bad move. Oh well, I may have aching legs this evening but I know this manure will help give me greater yields next year, so the aches will be worth it.
Leaving smells behind for a final note, here is a picture of the beautiful irises growing in our little front bed, now that the garden in duck proof! They bring a smile to my face every time I go out and they are Simon's favourite flower. What a pity they are only short loved though.
Joining in with Annie's How Does your Garden Grow linky - why not pop over and see what others have been up to in their gardens.