Wednesday, 17 May 2017
My Sanctuary the Garden & THANK YOU
Thank you all so much for your lovely welcome. I will be glad when we receive the results of the tests he has undergone because we will know what we are dealing with. The fact that we are seeing two specialists that day makes me think 'something' is afoot.
The garden and greenhouse has been my sanctuary over the last month. We have been desperate for rain, I'm reading others have had it but it doesn't quite stretch as far as the Essex coast! Every drop of water run off the mixer tap before the hot comes through is thrown onto various plants. The water butts are empty and the hose has been out 3 times so far, thank goodness I've made water savings over the winter. Some of the local fields are just dust bowls with failed crops. Water jets are pumping away in other fields and according to a recent news story farmers are using precious water that they wouldn't normally have to resort to until August. I suppose we will be seeing a hike in the price of fresh produce. We've had some overnight rain but its done nothing to the ground so far. According to the weather forecast we will have heavy rain at various times today and I hope they are correct.
Potatoes, two rows from Poundland bags and the last row from a bag that was sprouting before we went on holiday, so I planted them in the ground quickly and they're just popping through. There is onions at the rear, again £1 bag from poundland. The raspberries are romping away. I've gone and mixed two different types together without realising it. An early and late which are meant to be pruned at different times. Oh dear, they don't look too bad.
The most nasty plant in the garden ....the gooseberry. I have never seen thorns like it yet the birds will still have a go at stealing the fruit which is filling out quite nicely. Hubby accidently snapped a huge piece of it off when he was hoeing a while ago.
The beetroot is really taking hold now and the next job is to weed the patch and thin it out. A job for the weekend.
The rhododendron always gives us a beautiful display. We pruned it quite hard last year as it was very woody and unbalanced.
My lovely wooden graduating circle hubby made from an old pallet and the concrete from the old path that was too thick and heavy to move.
The first lot of peas are at the rear of the bed. There is a blueberry which hasn't produced many flowers. The blackcurrant is full of flowers and berries. The tayberry and blackcurrant twig to the left are from Poundland and they're just starting to shoot properly.
Dwarf green beans, I've given then a little protection with some fleece. I'm already germinating more using my damp tissue method. I haven't got plans for the troughs underneath yet.
Spinach and lettuce trough. I'm loving the spinach which is a perpetual variety and seems to grow before my eyes. I collect at least twenty leaves every morning, these are added to anything I'm making, whether it be fresh in salads or cooked in quiches. The next day they grow as big and lush as ever. I have problems with my iron count every now and again and this gives me a much needed boost. I have space at the end of the trough to put the next sowing in. There is lots more in the garden, runner beans, sweet corn, carrots and parsnips (if they actually materialise). We'll take a walk inside the greenhouse soon. Bye for now, Tx.