...I have been a fairly absent blogger, but I most certainly have not been an absent gardener the last couple of months. There are seedlings on every available windowsill in my house, weighing down the shelves of my little green house and even a few outside (though some naughty snail/slug has devoured two of my baby marigolds).
Here is a little list of what is currently growing in some form or another in my garden/greenhouse/house:
- strawberries : some from last year and some newly purchased runners, some of these are already flowering which seems crazy!
- blueberries : 3 newly purchased little plants
- raspberries : again a new addition, I have 3 varieties and 3 canes of each. Planted in big containers and currently covered with some plastic sheeting in an attempt at a little polytunnel for them!
- gooseberries : this is a bit of an experiment, I took some cuttings from a huge gooseberry bush just over my fence (which is currently a building site, I imagine they will remove the bush in due course) and have just popped them a pot of compost, I have no idea if this will work, apparently it's fine to take cuttings like this but it should be done in the autumn, these are already flowering so we'll see how it goes!
- watermelon : from seeds, I know this is probably a massive long shot but thought I'd give it a go anyway!
- borlotti beans
- french beans
- globe artichokes
- potatoes : 6 different varieties
- purple sprouting broccoli : some forming florets from last year and some new seedlings for next year
- runner beans
- salad leaves : various kinds
- spring onions
- tomatoes : 7 different types this year!
- basil : regular, purple and thai
Plus a whole lot of flowers, including ::
It's such an exciting time and seeing it all listed like that makes it seem even more promising!
All of this was already going on and growing away destined to become potted plants in my entirely decked little garden, when on Sunday I received a fabulously exciting email telling me an allotment had become available if I was still interested and wanted to make an appointment to view it! I had a couple of reservations (namely time and that's it a bit of a distance away, about 30mins on foot) but the thought of having a proper proper space to grow food was just too tempting! So I am going to view my little space this afternoon, I cannot tell you how much time I have spent day dreaming allotment plans since Sunday!
I am throughly daunted don't get me wrong, I really have no idea what I am doing, I have had 2 years experience growing in pots, I have read a fair few books and I did attend a weekend permaculture course back in October, but as for proper practical work I am very inexperienced. I have no doubt the old time allotmenters will be watching me with raised eyebrows and little smirks, but at least I am not to be sniggered at alone as the lovely Bex of stuffed nonsense has vowed to help me out.
So back to dreaming of spiral herb gardens and little ponds full of wildlife, beds bursting with lovelies, necessary new purchases such as tools and wellies and a bike (with a basket of course), whilst I twiddle my thumbs waiting for 2 o'clock to arrive when I can go and view my little plot. In my head this little plot is covered in weeds and throughly neglected a little smaller than I'd like without a shed and in the furthest spot imaginable from the entrance and water. I figure if I picture the worse, I can only be pleased with what I get!
**I actually took these pictures from the garden about 10 days it's amazing how much has changed in that time, the raspberries are full of leaves now and the broccoli is huge, ready to cut any day I think!**