June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Greenhouse home to wood mice

The greenhouse has long been overdue a massive clear-out and renovation (the former being easier than the latter due to lack of enthusiasm by various tradespeople to do greenhouse repairs - offers welcome!) so I began a couple of weekends ago. How does one accumulate so many old flowerpots and chairs? I appear to have seven garden chairs, yet seldom use more than one!
I am thinking to get some proper staging installed after years of making do with old planks etc.. In removing some of these to clean I noticed a pile of rubbish which, in my clean-up mode, I failed to question. Why would there be a pile of rubbish UNDER a plank of wood. A little prodding later I realised it must be a wood mouse nest. There have been plenty around and I soon identified runs tunneled through the soft earth. Perhaps this also explains some of the bits of concrete which seem to have come away from the footings. I am still happy to welcome the little fellows though. I don't think they alone will demolish a greenhouse.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Seed-planting time

The other day I was reminded how remiss I've been about keeping up this Blog so here's to a better year this year! First of all, these are the seeds I'm about to plant.... Climbing bean Cosse Violette, salad mix Oriental Nice N Spicy and Courgette Black Beauty Dark Fog. After the success of the climbing beans last year I thought I'd have another go, from scratch. My courgette consumption has gone up considerably since the purchase of the wonderful Kiwi brand papaya grater (much better than any spiralising gadget!). I am excited about the progress of broad beans Aquadulce Claudia planted in the autumn, which germinated in the worst cold frosty weather. Some are doing better than others so I may plant a few more seeds just in case. Now must do some gardening!