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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Back to Normal......whatever that is!

I have thrown myself into jobs around the house since returning from Spain in an attempt to take my mind off the fact that I know 'people' will think I'm spoiling their dream by not agreeing to it, or be prepared to organise it all! Anyway enough said, I'm going to concentrate on my future whatever happens I've put on 1.5lb because of stress and its got to stop, or I'll undo everything I've achieved over the last 18 months.
 
My brother looked after my plants while I was away, apparently the first five days were cold and my plants that I'd moved to the greenhouse suffered.  The cucumbers rotted off so I've planted more and the tomatoes just didn't do anything. I have a feeling that lots of the tomato plants are the bush variety.  You can see the difference between the 2 species. Everything else wasn't too bad.



The most important thing for me when I'm repotting is being comfortable so I grabbed a stool and table, clean pots and started thinning out and repotting. Hopefully the fresh compost and recent warmth will breed some new life into the plants.

Not everything was disappointingly stunted though, the strawberries had gone mad while I was away and they really look healthy.  The potatoes had shot up so mush I had to earth them up and they've already popped through again.




I think it will need redoing soon as they are already sprouting through.  The onions are through and I've constantly been picking lettuce and spinach leaves for our meals.


The beetroot is ready to go into the ground but hubby lent our staple gun out and we need it for the new netting on protective cover.  We should get it back by the end of the week and I can get them into the garden. The same with the cabbage and kale. 

This time of year always gives me such a thrill,  all that lovely food waiting to happen! Hows your garden growing? Off to sow more bits. Bye for now. Tx




22 comments:

  1. You mustn't feel guilty about doing what feels right for you. Other people should learn to organise things for themselves and take control of their own lives, their happiness shouldn't be dependent upon you. Those strawberries look very happy, that's one thing I really miss from my allotment. I'm not growing anything this year, apart from things like blueberries which are in pots and the little fruit trees in the garden, a big change for me as I usually have lots of seedlings to take care of at this time of year.

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    1. I know you're right Jo, that's how I feel. I am more than prepared to stand by my decision regardless of the outcome. I love watching my garden grow.

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  2. Glad to hear you are enjoying your garden. I am growing strawberries, too. Maybe I need some netting, because it looks like the rabbits have been munching on the berries.

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    1. I need to pick up some more netting from BandM they had some bigger rolls. The mice arey peas last year!

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  3. Normal is good. Doing what’s right for you at the moment is just fine. It is great to have dreams but as we get older experience reminds us of reality. Enjoy your garden in this good spell of weather.

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    1. Yes the good weather is set to continue. So I'll be sitting some of the borders out.

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  4. Normal is good. Doing what’s right for you at the moment is just fine. It is great to have dreams but as we get older experience reminds us of reality. Enjoy your garden in this good spell of weather.

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  5. It's very therapeutic spending time in the garden. I hope it helps to alleviate some of your stresses.
    Your strawberries are doing much better than mine and most of the little growth we have in our raised bed appears to be getting eaten by something in the soil. We have some tomatoes in pots which will need to be transferred to some grow bags very soon. X

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    1. I have repotted the toms in the hope it brings them on

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  6. I love time in the garden, I can be outside for hours.

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    1. Me to, I walk miles fetching and carrying.

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  7. You have to do what is right for you. Moving abroad is a massive decision for anyone. I've started clearing my allotment and have planted runner beans, sprouts, cabbage and garlic. I treated myself to five blackcurrant bushes and a redcurrant bush so they've been planted as well. In my garden I've got tomatoes, chillis, peppers and strawberries. I've also got lots of different herbs. Still got masses to do at the allotment though!

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    1. Hi Fiona, I know you are right. I am now determined to see my decision through no matter what happens. If my husband chooses to go off to Spain then I will have to accept it. The allotment progress sounds great. I love blackcurrants. I chopped the raspberries back really hard this year I hope I haven't done them harm. I mixed up an early and late variety but heyho. I'll just pick when I see fruit! Our neighbours trees are laden with the start of fruit so it may be a good year for cherries plums and pears.

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  8. You can’t be responsible for anyone’s happiness but your own. If it’s not right for you the you must stick to your guns. I don’t think people have any notion of what it’s like to go abroad outwith the holiday periods. Renting a property makes much more sense than sinking your own cash into something you’ll be stuck with if you don’t like it.

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    1. I agree with you. I would love to spend the winters abroad but I love the UK otherwise.

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  10. My experience of having a friend become extremely unwell whilst abroad on holiday makes me feel that it's a very lonely place to be when the language is not your own. However well one speaks another tongue when one is stressed the ability goes.
    Is there not a compromise?
    I see adverts for incredibly cheap accommodation during the winter months especially in Spain.
    You could then come home for the other 8-9 months of the year.
    I feel for you; it's not easy to be at odds over such an important decision but the move will not succeed if you are not wholeheartedly in agreement. Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, that is what I want to do. I want to spend winter abroad that's why I've not touched my pension money. The problem is our 'friends' can't afford to do that as they need to work if we stay in the UK. I the moment I feel I'm only being invited to the party because I have the brains to sort it out. I don't want to do it. Thanks for responding.

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  11. You need to do what you want not what others want you to do. Important decisions need thought and you are giving yourself plenty of time to make the right decision.

    Love how the garden and plants are coming along nicely.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm loving the garden and I'm trying to stay upbeat. The plants are coming along well.

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  12. Hubby is chair of the local community garden (and I was treasurer till earlier this year). It's a great place to be part of. People come along, work a few hours each week - during set times it is open - and take home crops when they are ready for harvesting for free.
    Open to all, regardless of age, ability etc.

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    1. That's brilliant, growing your own on a small scale can be quite rewarding and manageable. Your club is a great way of getting people used to gardening and chatting too.

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