Posts Tagged ‘lawn’

Tidy toms

I had a new commenter today, Alison who blogs at House, Chickens, Eggs & Cakes.  As I scrolled back through a few of her posts to see what she gets up to, I noticed a post from about 10 days ago where she said that Monty Don on Gardener’s World was cutting all the leaves from his tomato plants to direct the energy into ripening the last of the fruits.  I still have a lot of green tomatoes on my plants so this afternoon I have been cutting all the leaves off.  I only had one mishap and cut the wrong bit, so I now have a small bunch of green tomatoes in with my bananas.

But this is what I am left with………

The whole thing is leaning rather precariously!  The red tomatoes belong to two plants, one is a Gardener’s Delight and the other is supposedly a Sweet Millions, but I have my doubts about that because the pictures I’ve seen of SM are round cherry tomatoes, whereas mine are more of a plum tomato.  It’s possible the labels got mixed up when I bought the plants.  At the very bottom of the picture you can just see my yellow tumbler which also still has loads of toms on it.  I picked this lot before I did the tidying…..

Exactly two weeks ago I planted a supermarket clove of garlic in a pot, and look what I found today….

The dog was allowed back into the garden this weekend and has peed on the lawn, and walked all over the borders!  Not the veg patch though because we have put up some trellis all the way round it just high enough for me to step over.  She could jump it if she really wanted to but hopefully she won’t work that out!

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Watch out seeds!

Half an hour of slotting poles into holes and this is what I have…………

…..my growhouse!!  It was really easy to put together, you just slot everything in and give it a good push and it’s done.  When I stood it up I leaned all my body weight on each corner to make sure everything was fully in place.  The cover ties onto the frame and there are zips to hold the “door” closed.  It is fairly lightweight so will have to be fixed to the side of the shed somehow.  The wire rack shelves are a little flimsy but once they have some pots on them they should be fine.  It is about 5’6″ tall, perfect for me at 5’1″, and if it is raining I can throw the cover over my shoulders to keep the worst off if I need to.

My order from SimplySeeds arrived this morning so I may start off some cabbage and pea seeds in the growhouse.  From the Veg Patch book I learned about Jiffy 7s, little discs made of coir (from coconuts and peat-free) which expand when you wet them into little modules large enough for starting seeds off.  I’ve ordered some from ebay, so I’ll give those a try.  I know you can sow peas directly but this way I can give the new bed another couple of weeks to settle in and possibly deter the pigeons from the tiny shoots.  We have a pair of pigeons who spend all day snogging on our back fence!

We’ve had a lot of drizzly rain this morning so hopefully it is helping the new lawn, but we are watering it every day too.  So far (3 days old!) it is still green.

 

Garden re-vamp: End of Day One

Wow, these guys are hard-workers.  They arrived before 7.30 this morning and didn’t stop until the rain got too heavy at about 3.45.  The old lawn was in the skip before 9.30!  And they’ve even put my bird box up.

So here are the day one progress photos……(click each one for a bigger version)

Looks a bit of a mud bath after the rain but it’s definitely taking shape.  We are recycling some things, such as edging the path with left over blocks from when the patio was done, and some old slabs that were down in the gravel are going round the back of the shed to put the grow house on.  The rocks will go round the bottom of the holly to make a bed for comfrey.  And at the risk of reintroducing self seeded weeds were are reusing the gravel.  There will be weed membrane underneath so nothing will come upwards but we’ll just have to keep on top of the ones that grow on top. Unfortunately there isn’t space to have kept the old turf and composted it down.  So that went in the skip with the forsythia and the holly prunings (and an old gate).

So we shall see what tomorrow brings…..