21st Century Garden June 2015

I’m a couple of days late, it isn’t always easy to get onto the computer, life and Mike get in the way.

The ‘P’ garden is doing well.

Pears


Peas


More peas


Potatoes

We have a possible “funny vegetable” entry.

Weird courgette.

The onions and carrots are looking promising, although who knows what is actually going on below the surface. For all we know, the carrots are presently being munched by carrot fly or slugs.



The tomatoes are starting to flower, possibly a bit late, but without a greenhouse, I think there is very little more we can do.


The dwarf french beans and runner beans have made an appearance.

Dwarf

Runner


The new raspberry bush has got its first fruit, much earlier than the old one which we practically destroyed trying to move it from spot to spot (Mike’s idea!). It has started to recover now, but we thought it was dead and bought a replacement.

Raspberries

Blackcurrants


Strawberries
Quince

The Japanese quince is looking good, hopefully it will hold on to the fruits and I will be able to make quince jelly again.

The garden is maturing beautifully. Who remembers this wooden arch from 2011?


I was going to put a photo up in July, but it looked so beautiful this morning I decided to show you all a month early, I might just repeat myself next month. The photo is obviously from the opposite side as we put a shed up on the concrete pad.


The borders are full of flowers that the bees love. 

Foxglove, with bee runway.

Love-in-a-mist / Persian Jewel / Nigella Damascena


The bee hotel now has eleven little bees waiting for next spring to arrive, with adults still making their homes in it.  

I love my garden, I just hope I can hang on to it. 

21st Century Garden April 2015

Yes it is the 21st again. I haven’t blogged for over a week, there hasn’t been much new to tell you all. Mike is settling into the early morning routine, it does seem to help not losing a whole day. It has meant I have had a lot of time pottering in the garden, although it doesn’t seem to make things grow any quicker!

Nature will have her own way and despite an equal amount of love and attention the apple tree refuses to blossom, although it isn’t due to appear yet, there is no sign that there is going to be any flowers yet again this year. The plum and pear are both resplendent, the pear especially so. 

The pear and plum.

Plum blossom

Pear blossom

 The apple isn’t alone in being bare, the fig has yet to wake up properly from its winter slumber. 

Fig 2015

It was pruned back in January, but as you can see it is certainly much bigger than when we planted it back in 2011. 

Fig 2011

The vegetable patch now has some green, and not just weeds, but peas, onions, radishes and somewhere in the weeds carrots. They really are tricky things to spot until their feathery leaves are well established. 

Broccoli waiting to be pricked out.

In seed trays around the house and garden we have cauliflowers, aubergines, tomatoes, courgettes (zucchini), chillies, squash and capsicum peppers waiting for the warmer weather of May. 


Will a bit of luck, who am I kidding, with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, it is hopefully going to be a good year for produce. Next month I should have a lot more to show you. Hopefully fruit corner will look more impressive too!

21st Century Garden March 2015

As promised I bring you photos of my garden. To be honest there isn’t much to see yet, but isn’t that half the fun? A six month or so journey to see what grows and what doesn’t. 



So far the only real sign of life from the fruit trees is courtesy of the pear. The blossom buds are on the verge of bursting open.

We have improved around the pond, are are waiting for the clematis plants to frantically climb the trellis.

We have added a gooseberry bush to fruit corner and thinned out the raspberries.

The vegetable patch is bare, although that strip of soil to the left of the photo has onions and carrots sleeping below its surface.

The only real colour comes from the primrose tubs in the front garden. 


In trays of compost on window sills and around the house we have sown tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, peas, butternut squash and courgettes. Hopefully next month we will have lots more photos to share. 

21st Garden – April

I nipped out while it was still sunny and my porridge was cooking and took my photos. Even as I type, the sky is clouding over.


Aubergines



Blackcurrant

Butternut Squash

Chillies

Courgettes
Onions (oh and weeds)

Pea (plus weeds)


Potatoes (what do you mean “where”?)
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries

Tomatoes
Zucchini

The beetroot, carrots and swedes are too hard to identify yet, may be next month.





21st Garden – March

Here we go again.

This year we are growing tomatoes, swedes, butternut squash, courgettes / zucchini (yes Paula, again!), beetroots, asparagus (takes 2 YEARS), carrots and peas. The chillies have started to grow:

The onions are starting to sprout:

The potatoes are in the garage ‘chitting’:
The blackcurrant and strawberries have moved to new homes, away from the strangulating raspberries:

Oh and Mike requested I post a much clearer view of the beautiful gate he made for me:

Just add beef.

I thought I’d keep you all posted with happenings here in the sunny West Midlands. We’ve been busy in garden and Mike has had a couple of hospital appointments. More on that when he gets a chance to blog.

Today I decided to share my plans for our evening meal. I am going to make a lovely cottage pie with extra lean diced steak, which I will mince with my new electric mincer, carrots, peas and onions. The vegetables are of course home grown and organic.

I left the dirt on the carrots and onions to prove I grew them myself! I bet you are all glad I didn’t grow the beef too.