Last Monday, I woke up in the middle of the night with back spasms. I’ve never had this before and was worried there was something seriously wrong with me. My spine, neck and back of my throat were tingling and it was bloody awful. I can only put it down to carrying some compost awkwardly, while I’d made a wiser decision to pay a little more for smaller bags; the last time I tried to load my car with 70ltr bags, I’d knocked my engagement and took 20 mins scrambling on the floor in the B&M car park to look for my diamond. It paid off and found it but had to pay for repairs but I felt upset and relief knowing I had insurance in case I never saw it again. But that wasn’t the point. I don’t want a replacement if I can help it.
So, last week’s videos were a bit sloppy, especially the too-brief gardening vid which was more like a silent movie. So I’d like to think I redeemed myself with my latest update above.
And since it’s been a couple of days since I made this video, I’m sharing with you and you only, a few pics of even more activity and things I’ve done this weekend.
Firstly, this morning I noticed Poundland had finally got some plant pots in (2 for £1 sets), so I upgraded pots for my cucumber or large pepper plant in the middle.
I keep forgetting that I don’t need loads of plant pots, as I seem to be able to shuffle many and this enabled me to give my aubergines bigger pots that the ones above sat in.
Now originally when I started my gardening project, as we live on a main road, in front of our house is a council owned grass verge which most people have pimped up with gorgeous flowers. However, I think the council think it’s all or nothing. I had planted some Shake & Rake flowers from Aldi and had been looking after them vigilantly which were almost ready to flower. Yet, when I went to water them at some point last week, I find they’d all be mowed! I was not best pleased and thankful I didn’t spend a fortune on it. So below, I am now propagating some Sunflowers & Poppies in my greenhouse first (these came from my Gardener’s World BBC Good Food goody bag) and when they’re ready to flower, I will be trying again. But I am thinking pickett-fence time to stop it from plant killing reoccurring.
I then took advice from someone who commented on my video above which was to grow my tomatoes indoor on a windowsill or greenhouse. Unfortunately my greenhouse is a small plastic one so space didn’t allow me, so I finally cleared the pointless sun trap of a top landing of our loft conversion (which will be changed eventually) and sat most of my tomatoes, chillis, some aubergines and peppers up there with some air blowing through.
I was then able to reorganise what plants were leftover in my garden, which my fiance then moved my bamboo sticks out of the shed and put them in my plant pots with anticipation (and because he kept tripping over them).
I couldn’t resist taking photos of my cabbages as the hearts/bud area are beautifully starting to close up. It’s really chucked it down in the last 24 hours which gave me a lovely break an these have loved every drop of water. It almost seems impossible to over water them, but I have learnt they love part sun and shade. They wilted in the spot above because it was far too sunny, so I gave that area to the Mediterranean things and spinach.
My potato plants are looking pretty and these were only store potatoes that turned to seed. Note that I have clay soil, growing anything under the soil is risky, but I saw Carol Klein in Grow Your Own Veg mention that potatoes are the perfect thing to grow to break up any cloggy soil before attempting anything else.
And finally I have a large plant pot full of compost and butternut squash seeds thrown in. I’d already planted at least what I thought I was going to get this season, but they keep popping up randomly, so as I don’t like any waste, I have some spare sectioned plastic planters from B&M which I will be using for any left overs and hide it behind the low bricked front garden wall. I’ve love these to be my front garden flowers on the council grass verge, but I have a feeling they may get picked before I get to them.
So wasn’t that a lot to take in?! If you have a gardening blog too, please post it below because I’d love a read and maybe you can share me some of your tips?
I’m now off for a relaxing bath after a long day of gardening.
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