This is just part of my birthday present from my lovely husband David which I am very grateful for.
This is just part of my birthday present from my lovely husband David which I am very grateful for.
Well I am just blocking Logan’s jumper before sewing it up now about to start his hat still to hot to garden at present
Hat is coming along nicely at present well it been to hot to be outside but now it is getting cooler I can at least try and weed and put a plant were the weeds were hopefully
I have some beans that grown for the first time brought from a yard sale to finish growing on but might try my own next year. I picked some yesterday there was only 5 so put in our casserole last night with a jacket spud was very nice indeed
Watch an old edible garden the other night which has given me some ideas
The rain has been very welcome for the garden light rain this morning again must say the garden is getting slightly neglected at present but hoping to get back on top of it soon .
It was lovely yesterday spending time in the greenhouse clearing dead plants that had died
I potted on a melon plant my other one had died, have new flowers on my indoor cucumber need to tie the one up in the front garden planted some shop brought spuds that had sprouted in to a old compost bad and fill it with straw and we will see if they grow in time for Christmas?
I been knitting hats when it been raining
Went out into the greenhouse this morning sowed two lemon basil and 2 coriander or cilantro as Americans call it tied up an outdoor cucumber before lunch was surprised it got some fruit on it will give it a feed of organic food
Yesterday I sowed some little gem lettuce and some Christmas tree seeds not sure if they will germinate but it fun trying to see grey clouds at present having first morning coffee of the day back door is open for the dogs must try and clear up after the dogs this morning
Well managed to clean up after the dogs yesterday Monday
As David invited his ex-work mate and her daughter over for the day and I did a bit of weeding in the back garden must get to do the front garden at some point
It sunny this afternoon my leg is hurting but will try and do some think in the garden even if it just harvesting the plums and cleaning up after the dogs
Yesterday was our monthly garden club meeting and we are having a lovely talk about bees very interesting took some photo on my mobile just uploading them now
The things you can plant for all pollinators are poppies, lavenders, open front flowers hollyhocks alliums
by the way which do you like daily headings or as it is now? please and thank you
Took some time out to spend with david over this bank holiday which was nice
As much as I love my garden I am thinking of taking a step back on this plot I be emptying my compost bins as their will be lighter to stack up on top each other. For now
David and I have been talking we not getting any younger, so we think it time to look for a cottage or bungalow that allows dogs as we have 3 as you know as they will not have stairs in them.
Will be digging some things up like my mothering laws rose’s and my apple and pear i grow from seed but it depends on whats in the new garden already and the blueberry plant and my dead looking strawberries
Well I am slowly recovering from my trip in the garden over the weekend did not do to much yesterday just rested and chilled with David and the dogs
Just realized I had not written my about page on my WordPress blog which I have done now
Still very warm indeed still a bit sore and does not help when kind hubby keeps telling me to rest so nothing is getting done apart from watering the greenhouse and pots and containers
Dogs are being sensible and staying indoors
Last night I had a fly come close to my eye while eating a hotdog scared me but getting over it now
Slight inflamed this morning but I am sure it will go down
Had a lovely talk and slide show with the title road to Gold from Peter Skeggs-Gooch https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/about-us/nursery-and-garden.html
Plus on the 26 of STEPTEMBER Going to local nursery called The Walnut tree Garden Nursery being kindly taken by Cherry Cummingham
I can hear the thunderstorms but no rain yet
Had a couple of claps of thunder during the night as well
Last Night we had a lovely thunder and lighting with rain which did the garden lovely and the plants seem to be doing the happy dance this morning we meant for some more rain so I might try and put some plants in so if it dose rain they will get a good drink
Just planted some purple zinnia’s
Then went for a drive to Hemsbey with David and his younger brother and his family as they kindly picked me up on route
The wind has knocked my Hollyhocks about during the night
I see if I can tie them up a bit or trim them
Norfolk Master Composters – Social Evening with Chris Collins
Monday, 30 July 2018 18:45 – 21:00
Had a fab evening at County Hall with the Master Composters and a fab talk by Chris Collins and a big thank you to Jean Rochford for kindly picking me up
A friend’s recipe for shortcake
Red and Blackcurrant Shortcake
350 g plain, white flour
250 g vegan margarine or spread
120 g golden granulated sugar
3 tsp ground cardamom
60 g ground almonds
A pinch salt
300 g redcurrants and blackcurrants cleaned and desprigged
Pre-heat oven to 180 celsius (350F or Gas Mark 4)
Sieve flour into big bowl and add a pinch of salt
Add margarine and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs
Add ground cardamom seeds (the little brown and black very hard seeds inside the pods) and sugar and amalgamate well
Press half the mixture into the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch cake or tart tin (preferably with a loose bottom) greased and lined with parchment or greaseproof paper and lightly prick with a fork
Put in the oven for 10 minutes and then remove
Pour a mixture of red and black currants onto cooked shortbread base
Add ground almonds to remainder of shortbread mixture and mix well before pressing evenly on top of currants
Put whole thing back into the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown
Remove and leave on rack to cool – mark out into slices and eat
Spent the afternoon painting my old labels ready for next season
Another nice day again hoping to get some plants planted if I can before it gets to warm if possible
A very good friend called Marina kindly sent me another lovely mixed package of veg and flower and herb seeds which I am very grateful indeed later I might sort them out into like salad so that would be (toms spring onions lettuce beetroot radish) just for an example .
Going to be another warm day again today
Got to try and get outside but once David is up I must stay indoors then do my computer work or knit or watch tv but never mind
Stay save in this warm weather we are having
Blue skies this morning talk of rain later so the weather folk say watch this space, so they say
I started to start trimming the parts the hedge cutter could not do by hand with my flower secateurs and stated looking at the plum tree that needs a small prune
Grey skies I open all the compost bins lids ready for the rain we meant to be getting as rain water is better than tap water
I soaked some rolls that had gone rock hard and gave them to the birds the black bird was the first one to visit the side feeder shortly after I put it in there.
Final finished trimming the hedge all I got to do s pick it up when next weeding
I just cut one of my comfrey plants and taken some leaves to dry ready for making powder or granules for feeding plants
The sun is out with some could at present not sure what I am doing today as yet garden wise open greenhouse and that’s all so far
Well I have crumbled my comfrey leaves and put them back into the greenhouse to finish of drying then will put in a jar
just picked some raspberries and some peaches I do not think the peaches are quite ready so will do some Reacher on line
Well David called into the Norfolk and Norwich hospital on his way home last night as was in major pain in one of his arms since being in Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 weeks ago
Open the greenhouse and not a lot else at present
Please to say David is home now and with strong painkillers to take
Still no rain yet got to tie up my cucumber plant in the greenhouse but have not done it yet
I have been outside into the greenhouse and potted one chilli plant, one salad pepper, and the cucumber plant I have 3 Alicante tomatoes to stake and pot up soon but running out of bamboo canes may be get them done tomorrow hopefully
i had a fall over the weekend sore but ok
Well last night David was admitted to hospital hoping they can sort him out and stop him from being unwell, but he is in the best place, but I miss him madly
Apart from cleaning up from the dogs not a lot has been going on today and filling up bird baths.
Very hot and sticky a little breeze, not sure when we will get any rain fall in our region or anywhere for that matter.
Well nice blue skies again just opened the greenhouse and watered the plants
Not sure what I will be doing at present apart from another coffee I think.
Very happy to say first signs of my edible lupins are coming up so happy
We meant to be getting some rain but not sure when blue skies now
Grey skies this morning not sure what I am going to do hoping to get my motivation back
I put a cardigan on as I feel that cold still have sore throat
Made honey and lemon drink and we see how that goes
Please to say my David is back home out of hospital for now
Let’s hope he dose not have to go back in again.
My neighbour kindly trimmed my hedge last night there a little bit he could not reach but I can do that with my hand shears as he did it all from his side of the garden
It’s overcast this morning thought we were going to get some rain, but it was very fine rain and did not lead to much
I have not open my package from Bubble house worms that came to day but will shortly and take photo’s of it
Grey skies this morning some of the worms wanted out of their new home so covered them with some more soil from underneath my grass clippings so hopeful they will start to burrow down then came up once I feed them next week
Greyish skies this morning, hoping to clear the garden up this morning as left it for 3 days now just had not the energy with in me still got the clippings to rake up as well from my kind neighbour doing the hedge for me the other night.
Blue skies this morning just waiting for David to get up, so we can have breakfast then I try and rake up the clippings.
Instead we went to Ely Cathedral which was lovely
Clean up after dogs, blue skies again washing on line
And started the raking up of the hedge clippings as well which w
Lovely blue skies and warm went to a couple of summer fates and picked up some bargains
Then went to a Cancer Charity Bingo at the village hall and won on a full house Nail kit and some lovely smell kit with sticks that you turn each day and Raffle prize a small fruit hamper
Was nice relaxing with David even here liked the bingo 2nd time we had been the other one was in Dereham in a local school
Had a relaxing day with David making the most of these weekends now he is back at work praise God
Starting a pineapple challenge again to see if I can grow one it came in my raffle fruit hamper yesterday
Lovely sunshine again lots to try and do if I can still be looking for gaps where I can put some plants and as they are come and come again flowers it will be nice and hopefully keep the weeds down at the same time
Just planted a laurel purple one down the bottom off the back garden and found a rope lead while digging the hole.
Put water in the hole first then a little more on top once planted
Just potted on 3 Alicante Tomato’s I put a cut up banana skin in the bottom of the pots and see what happens
Clean up after the dogs 2 days’ worth mind.
The sun is out already open greenhouse will be opening my last bag of compost today so hopefully will get some at the weekend for starting seeds and plants I like to use my homemade for the borders but waiting for my ankle to get better before putting more pressure on.
Just planted one off my earlier rhubarbs I sowed this year
Just snipped some baby spider plants off and put in some water to start rooting of one of my mother plants have 3 mother plants and will have to do the same to them soon
Just washed some pots up from plants that were not growing after potting on so will put them under the potting bench ready for when I do some more trying to clear the plants I have first.
Lovely blue skies again already opened the greenhouse think I will go and do some planting in the front garden before it gets to hot lots planed
Planted two comfrey plants, some Zinnias, and one the other side some lupins and larkspur plants ground is rock hard nearly did my hand in digging the hole
I had a few changes in the greenhouse this morning and might sow some seeds in the morning as getting tied plus hands starting to hurt from earlier when planted some plants out
Blue skies again greenhouse open got one or two things to pot on today might film in their or just take photo’s we will see just hosed down the greenhouse and misted all the plants got my first flower on one of my cucumbers in the greenhouse
Well it a bit cooler this morning so got back door closed at present greenhouse opened watered the front pots and my newly planted plants to give them a chance
After breakfast the back and front garden lawns were mowed and it looks lovely now our lawnmower is tricky to start so David will not me use it.
Just sorted some plants to go to the plant stall for our flower show this afternoon but take then down in the morning ready.
Then I be tackling Japeries knot weed to stop it going over my blueberries
Another lovely sunny day again going to see what plants I can plant outside and tidy up my greenhouse
Lovely sunny day again this morning hopefully I will get some more things planted to day just opened the greenhouse.
Just taken my first Garlic out of my hanging baskets not bad for first attempt of growing them
Started of cooler this morning but getting warmer and blue skies, got a bit of de heading to do today on some of the flowers in the garden
4 Cups Flour
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1.5 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Oil
2 Tsp. Yeast
1.25 – 1.5 Cups Warm Water
Make dough and cut into 8 equal parts. Let them rest for 15-20 minutes. Shape them into bagels and let them rest again for 20 minutes.
While they are resting bring a pot of water to a boil. After 20 minutes boil the bagels for 1 minute on each side and them bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes flip and bake for another 5 minutes.
Now to do some cleaning up after the dogs
I have picked some gooseberries and some cut and come again lettuce this afternoon you will see the photos in slide show when I put it up at the weekend been quite busy so might have a rest tomorrow deepens as out in the afternoon at garden club
Well the sun is out blue skies resting this morning but might go and do some potting on and open the greenhouse
Well yesterday I ordered some more labels and the plant pots that you put straight into the ground from
They have a lovely range of items
I did get some wooden ones that came the other day
Not so warm this morning but I am sure it will warm up later
Planted 3 petunia’s a normal lupin and 2 loosestrife plants
I finally got around to sowing my edible lupins re potted my cucumber’s one out side, potted to wallflowers to help with pollination and might put some celery in?
Well I have planted 3 Celery and 3 pansies’
One in the green house and potted on one melon that in the green house.
Moved the laurel purple one outside ready for tomorrow
Blessings and enjoy your gardens or allotments