Monday, August 31, 2015

The Little Things in Life - SMALL

Indeed, at this time of year, it's the little things in the garden that matter.

After cold weather, frosts and wintry temperatures, to go out into the garden and see the small beginnings of spring brings joy to my heart.
Quince coming into bud

The vege patch is sparse, with only a few cabbages, some broccoli, and kale, mostly.  But there are signs there that soon something wonderful will come.  Small 4 inch shoots of garlic appear in rows in one of my raised beds, and there are tiny lettuces forming under protecting cloches.

The most excitement is in the orchard, where the quince, the plums and the almonds are starting to show flowers and leaves.  I hope that this year we won't have such damaging spring Nor'wester's, for last year the winds destroyed almost all the blossom in the orchard, resulting in no fruit formation.


Plum blossom starting


Plum with blossom starting
In other news, our Chickens laid the smallest, tiniest egg I have ever seen!
A Small, an Average, and a Double Yolker, all laid on the same day


There is little to do in my garden, there are very little weeds to contend with since it is too cold for growth, and little to harvest, instead we find we have time on our hands to  have a little fire in the evening to sit round with a few neighbours.



This is my Garden Share Collective post for September.  The theme is "Size" and I have chosen "little".

Harvesting Now: Lettuce, Spring Onion, Kale, Cabbage

Planting Now: Garlic, Peas, Beans, Broadbeans, Leeks

Things to Do: Prepare garden beds for spring planting, keep watering, keep up with the weeding, spray copper on the orchard trees




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The slow creep of Spring

We've had snow recently, then warm weather, and little green shoots are springing up all over the garden, filled with the promise of spring.

The first to flower are the Crocuses, I am waiting, and hoping for a good show of daffodils...






Sunday, August 16, 2015

How to Unpick a Jumper - the Dark Art of Knitting

I have unpicked 3 jumpers this weekend, with a view to reknitting them into jumpers and hoodies for my kids.  Here's a "How To" video I made on what to do!  Note, this is the knitters "Dark Side"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ2UmA7snt0

Monday, August 10, 2015

Annual preparation of the Strawberry Bed

It's 5C outside and I'm grovelling around on my knees with a weeder in my hand, preparing the strawberry beds for Spring.  Madness!  yesterday it snowed, today it's freezing.  My fingers are purple and white and I am huffing the air in and out of my lungs in an effort to warm the air up.

The reason for this is because I just haven't got around to doing this job in my vege patch yet.
Before

After (you can see I am reluctant to pull out all the suckers, and I always leave a few, I just cant bring myself to pull them all out
  

What to do?  pull off any dead leaves, pull out runners and suckers, replace unproductive plants with new suckers, and replace 3rd year plants with new suckers.

When to do it?  in Winter when the plant is almost dormant (tho I see some of mine have been making flowers despite the frigid weather).

One of the best benefits of all of this, apart from massive strawberry production this coming year, is that you then have lots of suckers to give away to friends

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Snow!

Not a lot of gardening going on today, despite my good intentions...its all put on hold because its snowing!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Picking today

This may not look like a very exciting haul, but what you see there are the first and only Brussell Sprouts I have ever managed to grow