Archive for January, 2012

Quick veg patch update

The new growing year hasn’t properly started yet but my patch isn’t bare.  Somehow the things I planted in the autumn are surviving – some just about!

Here is the bed near the end of November

22nd November 2011

And here it is today

25th January 2012

Not a HUGE difference but there is definitely growth there.  The onions and garlic have put on a little spurt since we had a hard frost.  I’m not sure if the peas (top left) are going to flourish so I’ll sow some more of those in pots to transfer later.  At the far end is where my spuds are going to go.  I’ve ordered them today – 6 tubers each of Arran Pilot, International Kidney and Desiree.  I’ve only ordered a few because I don’t want them to take up too much of the remaining space, I need some room for my beans and carrots and whatever else I want to have a go at.  I think I’ll stick with containers for the tomatoes.  I’m going to put herbs around the outside of the fencing as the dofg doesn’t seem inclined to eat those.  And also some companion flowers to attract insects.

I finally got round to phoning the council at the beginning of the month and have got my name down on the allotment waiting list!  It is at least two years long but the way I see it is that by then I’ll either really want it and have a bit of experience, or the novelty will have worn off before investing a lot of effort in a whole plot.  In the meantime I’ve got this little patch and my containers to practice in.

For those of you who have a Kindle (or other means of reading Kindle books), I got hold of these two ebooks recently.  I haven’t actually read them yet so can’t vouch for them.  They were free at the time I got them, but I’ve just checked and they are now £2.55 each

Organic Solutions to Everyday Garden Problems

Organic Compost Guide

I’ll review them when I’ve had a chance to read them.

Reading a lot!

Oh dear, nothing of gardening interest to report at the moment.  The weather is cold and wet and the things I planted in the autumn seem to be trundling along nicely.

In the meantime I have been reading quite a lot.  If you would like to see what I’ve been reading, pop over to my other blog Knitsamadworld.

There will be an update here soon!!

Big Green Smile

Happy New Year!!

I’m a bit late off the mark but there you go.  I’m not going to do a round up of last year’s gardening and green efforts because basically I was just getting started.  This year will be the one to really get going but again I’m not going to list resolutions because I never stick to them.

So for my first post of 2012 I want to praise great service.  Back in August I posted about some items I’d bought through Planet Organic.  One of these items was the Eco2Life cleaner system where you initially buy the product with the spray bottle and subsequently just buy refills thus cutting down on packaging and waste.

Eco2Life system

When it came time to order refills I discovered that Planet Organic no longer stock them so I had to find another source. After “googling” I came across a site called Big Green Smile.  They have a great range of eco-products so after having a look around the site I put an order together.  That was yesterday morning.  My order arrived this morning!!  How quick is that??  It was well packaged in a cardboard box and the filler was more scrunched cardboard so all recyclable.

If your order is over £10 you can request 2 free samples – I chose to try Yes to Tomatoes face wash and moisturiser (the two sachets in the middle of the photo).  Also if you refer a friend they get a £10 voucher off an order over £25.  So if anyone would like to take advantage of this offer, let me know and I’ll refer you. (in the interest of full disclosure I would also get a voucher!)

I will review the various products as I use them.  I currently have a load of laundry in using the Method laundry liquid, and I’ll be attempting to clean my oven in the next few days.  I didn’t have much success using baking soda, salt and vinegar so I am going to try the e-cloth first (we’ve used the glass one and it’s amazing!) and if I struggle with that then I’ll try the OrangeMate.

As for the Eco2Life cleaners, they are really good.  There is no horrid chemical smell and they clean really well.  I even got some permanent marker off one of my tiles today with the multipurpose cleaner.  And the bathroom one keeps my bath sparkling!

Not very exciting to be talking about cleaning products, but if you care about using fewer chemicals and not harming yourself or the environment, give Big Green Smile a look.