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What’s been happen in the gardens this week

 

Saturday

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

 

Sunday

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

 

Monday

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.

 

Tuesday

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

Gaskins

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.

 

 

Wednesday

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

 

 

Thursday

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

 

 

 

Friday

 

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

 

What’s been happen in the gardens this week

 

Saturday

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.

 

Sunday

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

 

Monday

Another lovely sunny day again going to see what plants I can plant outside and tidy up my greenhouse

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

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

 

 

homemade bagels.

 

Recipe:

 

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

 

Thursday

Well the sun is out blue skies resting this morning but might go and do some potting on and open the greenhouse

 

 

 

Friday

Well yesterday I ordered some more labels and the plant pots that you put straight into the ground from

www.lavenderandleeks.co.uk/shop

They have a lovely range of items

I did get some wooden ones that came the other day

From eBay

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

 

 

What’s been happen in the gardens this week

 

Wednesday

Grey skies this morning not sure what I am doing as yet

But will let you know when I do.

 

Well I have pinned the strawberry runners not sure what I will do if I get any more as I do not want to lose any this year unlike last year

 

Thursday

Well grey skies this morning and some wind I looked at my first trail using coke to see if the snails and slugs would take a dip doing this in conduction with Garden Organics

 

 

Here you can just about see snail and slug using coke

Here are some photos of garden pink poppies and beetroot and rhubarb seedlings  first year of growing rhubarb this is 2nd sowing  of them

Friday and Saturday

We went to visit David parents and I brought a new shrub for ether the front or back garden well David paid along with some roses

Well I got some shrubs to tie up in the back garden one being the comfrey it leaning forwards again never mind will be taking a cutting of it soon so it can bounce back again

Not very warm today but might brighten up later

 

Brought some runner beans called Evorma Elite when I planted them I put a wallflower in the middle of my canes called Scarlet Bedder and some tomatoes as well

Brought a Purple Laurel have not planted it as yet may be tomorrow

 

Sunday

 

it’s been dully and damp today so not much gardening done but had watered the greenhouse with hose pipe as my water butt empty

did notice Zinnia called purple prince good for insects

Monday

Making labels for the Zinnia’s

Watered the plants in the green house

Tuesday

Having coffee and trying to work out what to do for tea to night plus what gardening jobs to do a bit stuck on that one house is so quite since David started work again

Don’t get me wrong it nice having him back at work as I can do things in my time  as I was becoming a couch person watching TV.

 

 

First time making from GREEK YOGURT turn it in to Greek cheese just strain all the whey out of it very yummy

 

Crackers with Greek cheese

Cleaned the garden up from the dogs

Just planted evergreen shrub CEANOTHUS REPENS

Lovely blue flowers and bees love it

 

Wednesday

Out this afternoon at a Master Composter work shop

 

First one I been to looking forward to it

Taking banana tea with me and just made up rhubarb juice which you make out of the leaves boil in saucepan or microwave jug and it good for getting rid of black fly just like washing up ligiid dose we had 17 come to our workshop I talked for a few minutes about my self and the fact you’re always learning something new in the world of composting

 

Thursday

Well not so hot today but plan to do pot on the zinnias today and I might have a go at trying to cut the hedge ?

beer trap week two

Tried using my shares but not sharp enough to do the hedge the back one never minds have to wait for the expert David to do it

 

Friday

 

just planted 2 chrysanthemum and 1 wallflower just now while my black coffee was cooling down

also sorting out some plants for Sunday for the flower show plant stall

 

Best Farmer’s Market Banana Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

 

Ingredients:

3.5 cups flour

2.5 cups sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 cup oil

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups mashed banana

 

Combine all dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients.  Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour into 2 bread pans sprayed with oil.

 

Bake at 325F for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

 

 

 

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enjoy your weekend  and have a blessed one

This weeks going on in the gardens

 

 

Late Sunday afternoon potted on 17 CHRSTHEMUM EASTERN STAR

 

Swept the greenhouse out after all the potting on I had down yesterday and two days sowed 5 more things

Lavender, Bulls Blood Beetroot, Parsnips, Swiss Chard AND Rhubarb. In a long 5 six cell trays will take photo in morning

 

 

Monday

Replenished the bird feeds this morning and filled one bird bath up as well it meant to be a bit cooler today after the rain has stop only light rain at present

 

Just had lunch crackers and cheese and sowed some purple zinnias as well in a small pot ideal for the insects around.

 

Tuesday

Well the postman dropped a lovely card in through the door from a friend on Facebook and within the card I had Unwin’s Calendula , Godetia, cottage garden Campanula, Aster Dwarf  

  Wednesday

Well we have blue skies at present with white clouds

Not sure what I am going to be doing today at present apart from watering in  the greenhouse and putting curtain over mt strawberry’s 

 

IDEAL to make on a summers day

taking it easy between jobs  and drinking plenty

I picked some rhubarb and cooked it and blitz it then realize I have no lollies makers as I was going to make ice lollies

 

 

Thursday

 

Lovely blue skies this morning getting warm already I think I am going to go through the items I put in the top part of the freezer to start to germinate later some time ago

Having first coffee of the morning feed dogs, washing on the line went out with David this morning and brought a long tray that holds water for my plants like a gravel tray and potted on 11 lupins Band of Nobles

 

 

Friday

Watered the strawberry’s in the late

afternoon mainly rested as well had a few appointment’s during the day

 

Saturday

Will be putting food out for the birds soon grey skies at present

Rested most of the day

 

Sunday

Went out to see David’s parents and on the way home picked up a ginger mint and peppermint plants will be taking cuttings for a friend in London and in due cause some for the garden club plant stall photos soon

About to pot on 15 purple loosestrifes (Lythrum salicaria)

I normal find these hard to grow but this year fine at present

 

Photo included in movie coming up shortly

Monday and Tuesday

Had appointments all day Monday so not a lot got done in the way of gardening but today Tuesday I filmed the front garden and greenhouse going to do the back shortly

After a coffee but did clean up after the dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats happen this week

Monday (Bank Holiday)

 

Well we visited David’s parents and did a bit of shopping

And come hope and after coffee come lunch I will start some of my potting on but might do it in the garden as it too hot for me to do it in the greenhouse.

I potted on some sweet peas that I had in the kitchen

 

Tuesday

Opened the lids on my composts 6 in all and one wormery waiting to get started when I can get a starter kit as my worms are hiding at present.

 

I painted Vitax tree grease to my fruit trees this afternoon

 

Wednesday

Well we had a good downpour last night and it slowly helping fill up my water butt as well filled a can up to water all the things in the greenhouse will be going in to pot on some melons and some flowers larkspur I think.

Having a coffee first,

Just potted on 5 melon and 11 larkspurs so far and 2 Greek oregano then came in for lunch which was a cheese and pickle roll and a bacon packet of crisps and a cappuccino made by David.

Just potted on one mint and 2 spider plants this afternoon

 

 

 

 

Thursday

The skies are greyish this morning and have plans for more potting on this morning after breakfast hopefully will be doing some planting out and got some edible lupins to sow 2 different kinds (Lupin Dieta) (Lupin Haags blue) doing an experiment for Garden Organic and 2 other things as I do the trails I tell you about them

 

 

Just potted on one of my rhubarb seedlings variety gaskins perpetual rhubarb

This afternoon I potted on 9 pink buttercup  ( Clarkia ),11 Celery Giant Red

8 Coriander plants

Sweep up after compost falling on the floor

So that 28plants potted on today and only half a new bag of compost used I am sieving each time I use it found one or two bits of plastic inside but not going to complain do not fill so bad myself when I accidently get some in own homemade compost

Just planted some more sweet peas in square footbed

Friday

It’s my birthday

It grey skies at present we going out this morning to Dereham and I have some birthday money to spend will show you all later what I brought.

 

I brought Johnsons PEA (MANGETOUT NORLI)

Dionaea (fly trap)

GRO SURE (PERLITE)

But could not find a potting tray so I have to keep using my cat litter tray not that we have cats only dogs.

Saturday

Well we have light rain this morning which I am sure  all the gardens are grateful for, one of the jobs I would like to do today is the front edging if I can and some more potting on this time I can add some perlite to the compost this time round

Well I just potted on 32 wallflowers (Scarlet Bedder)

Sunday

Well raining slightly this morning some feeders need filling

Just washed some pots ready for new plants to go into running out of gravel trays or containers that I can put my new seedings into once their come out of the cell trays

Some will be going to our flower show in a couple of weeks making sure everything is label properly as it a night mare for folk who are not sure what the plant is

A Week in the gardens

Sunday, I planted two marigolds this morning where I dug up the weeds yesterday before moving on to doing more weeding I have already a purple coneflower Echinacea in this border already and planted yesterday Mountain of the summer in here as well as Geranium with pink flowers

 

I put some trailing plants in my 3 planters on the wall which are labella hopefully I spelt it right

Now having coffee before going out to weed up to purple coneflower Echinacea.

 

And have moved a gooseberry bush as well

 

Monday

Yesterday a friend called round in the afternoon and gave me some Red Cucumber seeds which I have never had before so will try this and might share some to.

Plan for today is putting compost on new border  then some more weeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Well last night we nipped to a couple of villages a way to pick up a proper water but without its lid so I might put some wire over to stop the leaves falling in or some curtain not sure as yet

 

Might do some potting on in the greenhouse this morning as I have some that need to be done and might add some more compost on to new border as well

 

 

 

I potted on 10 watercress plants this morning and made the labels this afternoon after visiting a friend’s daughters sport day

 

 

Wednesday

A bit chilly this morning  grey skies will try and do some more potting on after breakfast

 

 

Just been and watered the raised bed yes before breakfast hubby still in bed about to feed the birds down to seed mix at present out off fat balls currently dogs a sleep on sofa and their own beds

 

I have taken the plunge and got one of the very first wormery as it does not have door for opening to get castings out

you put paper in the bottom of it to help the castings not go through to the worm tea that they make which is liquid Gold so I have been told

http://www.bubblehouseworms.com/

 

Thursday

Well the sun is out which is nice still got lots to do but getting their slowly

Just feed the birds with seed mix

 

Rested until the afternoon as was out at garden club witch the talk was and slide show a year on a market garden which was done by Rosie Ward

We had the normal plant stall but I did not buy any as still finding homes for the plants still waiting to be planted

 

Friday

Well we had the rain last night and I had left all my compost lids off as rain water is better than the tap water

And replaced the lids this morning will be turning my round tumble compost later.

 

While out shopping we got 2 more bags of compost a new one for me will take photo when go into greenhouse next when closing it up last night notice I got melon germinated  first year of growing I keep you posted

 

Saturday

 

I have managed to plant some more plants out the front and back garden this morning just need to water them in some came with no names and have not managed to find out what they are called as yet.

I planted some dwarf beans (Purple Queen) in one square this afternoon and a mixture of sunflower’s (Sunburst mixed) and Shasta Daisy (Alaska)

And placed straw round my strawberry’s in containers as well.

 

 

Sunday

Well today I meant to be resting so I took a snapshot of back and front gardens and greenhouse and potted up two strawberry plants

 

have a good week until next time

WHAT HAPPEN NEXT

 

Tidy greenhouse

 

 

 

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Well it was nice yesterday of David to help clean the greenhouse for me.

 

 

Today he kindly moved the back and front grass which needed doing all I got to do is edge the side of the grass been planting some more plants

 

One of the plants I planted today was an Amethyst Dream it’s a member of the coneflower family it just coming into flower this come from Mr google .com

coneflower

I planted two cucumber and a sunflower this morning in my raised bed and 9 sweetcorn in the middle we will see if any come up have 3 more squares to fill

Wednesday

I planted the lungwort in the back garden and 2 pots of Lilly of the valley in the front garden on the side border just before tea

David brought a solar lighthouse we hoping it will work if not it be going back to the shop he also got me some more blubs taken photos so will be on video later

Pleased to say it did work will try and get a photo tonight

Thursday

Well I planted two containers up today

1 with 3 Dahlia top mix mixed and the 2nd on with 3 Lilium Oriental Mixed plus 25 Anemone De Caen Mixed

So, looking forward to seeing them when they come up still waiting to make my mind up were to plant some more bulbs

 

I am following Sean from a You Tube channel little and often

At present.

 

Friday

Well we have blue sky’s this morning and the sun is trying to come out a bit cold but will warm up soon I hope still have some plants to plant and labels to write for them.

 

If you remember last year had some lovely wildflowers but the landlord did not approve of them so they had to go so this year I am only planting perennial plants and bulbs so hopefully I will not get asked to remove them this year and trying no dig with this border as well apart from the planting hole of cause some might self-seed which will be nice.

 

Well we got a lovely bargain in one off our local supermarket’s they were selling a selection box of different plants for £2.50 each so two were only £5.00 so 2 jumped into our trolley photos to come in video soon

 

Saturday

Blue skies sun doing its best to come out so weeding will be on the menu and planting of cause