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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.

12 comments:

  1. What a fabulous post. I'm just catching up as time runs away with me these days. Love all the photos and seeing what you're doing. Interesting re the spinach as my Mum's iron is low too - why hadn't I thought of that! :)

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    1. Spinach is one of the easy plants. You can tell quickly when it's gone to seed the leaf shape changes. But asci said the more you pick the more it replenishes itself. If you're into smoothies it's a great fresh iron supplement.

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  2. Your blueberries might not like your garden soil, grown in pots they like ericaceous soil, in the garden they need a ph of 5.5, and they should not be watered using tap water. Your garden is looking good, every thing coming along nicely.

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    1. Always grateful for advice Marlene, thank you for that. I will pot it up using ericaceous soil and only use rain water. Fingers crossed next year we have some fruit.

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  3. It looks brilliant - you have been busy - loads of rain here today, wish I could send you some of our rain lol xxx

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    1. The rain started at tea time and it's been steady ever since. I've laid some big old trays down do I can catch as much of this lovely stuff as possible. Lovely to hear from you. Tx

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  4. Lovely to see whats happening in your garden it all looks good, we had a very dry spell and the hose came out on several occasions which we were not best pleased about, we have four water butts and they were all empty, they are overflowing again now and there are buckets out collecting the overflow, so that will see us through for a while. I love spinach so easy to grow. x

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    1. Spinach is very easy to grow. I'm going to make coleslaw tomorrow using spinach and cabbage. It's all good stuff. We have rain now and my garden is littered with extra appliances to collect as much water as possible.

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  5. Lovely garden. We are going to have to cover ours tonight and hope for the best as it is going to be well below freezing!!

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie, I'll post more of the whole garden shortly. We have a couple of jobs on the agenda. Our winter was reasonably mild thank goodness. I've still got some things under cover, as they say you shouldn't cast a coat till May is out! Tx

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  6. Your garden is looking good and your rhodedendron is a gorgeous colour. Think I might start some spinach off too.

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    1. The rhodedendron is always full of bees they absolutely love it but then so do I.

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