Sunday, 17 March 2013

All types of weather this week!

Snow at the beginning of the week and a nice day, now its windy and wet.  I have a washing on the line today but dont think there will be much drying.

I spent part of yesterday morning between the showers - sorting out my compost bin.   Took some of the compost away and put on the Vegetable patch to break down.   Egg shells do not break down very fast.  Use Egg shells to kepp of the slugs - worked quite well last year. Room now for more to be added.   I also took a box of Fish Blood and Bone Meal and scattered around the garden, especially the pots with bulbs in them to give them a feed.  Last weekend I remembered and planted up my garlic bulbs in pots and put in the growhouse.   Give them a bit of a chance.   Bought seed Baby carrots yesterday and Osprey Potatoe Tubers.  Be a while yet before I start chitting - I  usually always plant around the end of April when I am sure that the frosts have gone.   I am intending starting some seeds at Easter.  Hopefully get the Wallflower, Bellis and Sweet William planted out then too. They are hardy plants.  I have been growing them outside in the growhouse this year.  Usuallly I sow straight in to the ground and often none appear so I have good sturdy plants to transplant this year.

The Birds have been busy feeding, the blackbird was busy with beasties and worms yesterday in the garden.

Going south this week and catch up with my Parents.   Dad is in hospital too so its been a bit of an arduous time.   He is hopefully getting home next week.  

Snowy being a boy has come in this morning with dirty feet and there are paw marks everywhere.  He cuddled in beside me this morning after Victor left for work.   Kept waking me up with his purring!

 Mini Irises - got blue and purple ones
 Amaryllus grown in office
 Snowy comfy
 More Irises
 Bits for the new Gas Plant at Sullom
 Bought daffodils but pretty.
The snow this week.
Need to push myself and go for a walk.  Elaine

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Lovely - Tempting but too early

The weather has been good this week.  Been out walking a bit - trying to get rid of some excess weight - the no smoking fairly put on the pounds - but cut out chocolate and crisps and fries.   Doing the Low Fat Recipes from the Hairy Bikers Diet Book - very tasty.   Lost a bit.

Its been very tempting to go out in the garden and to start sowing stuff, but it is far too early.  Instead have bought a Grow your own Vegetable Kit - I bought one last year and had some success with the veg and it was £9.99 from the Plantiecrub.  50 Onion Sets, 15 Seed Potatoes, 7 Shallots, and 2 Garlic - I will need to look at the Gralic quickly because if I remember correctly the Garlic rotted last year.  Also bought a Raspberry Plant and Gojinberry which I intend planting in pots.  

Been busy in with my house plants today - all got new earth and fed and caut back -  took all morning.  Beginning to plan in my head what I intend doing this year.   I seem to have loads of flower seeds and vegetable seeds. 

I also did 2 pots in the windowsill - one is Sweet Peas and the other is Chives.

There is lots of life in the garden - pulmonera, crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops.  A few photographs taken today - the blackbird was quite obliging when I was out walking but wish I had a better camera.

 Ah ha Snowy getting in to the picture - nearly tripping over him!
 My winter Onion sets can just be seen.

 Lively House Plants!

The Bergenia is in the foreground and looking good.