Monday, February 24, 2020

A year on a Campsie farm. Part 4 Autumn

not far from me. I know the photographer.

Friday, February 07, 2020

greenhouse clean

Spent a couple of days this week moving stuff in the greenhouse to start sweeping and cleaning, lots of snails - pinged them out into the garden and hope the birds get them.
tipped out the shelves so I can wash them with soapy water... this large spider, at least one other a similar size.. and lots of little ones... eeeeeek, again off into the garden with them and hope they make a meal for a bird or two
Looking better, the back half of the green house swept and tidied. so I feel like I've done something useful this week (its only taken me since last April to get myself going ).  I also cut the grass today, a bit strange to be cutting grass in February, it didn't get an end of year cut due to the weather  being so bad, and the weather has been off and on mild so its kept growing !! Glad to have it looking a bit tidier after today.
I'm not sure when any seed planting will take place, I've yet to organise  seed trays and compost. I do have plenty of seeds now though, will make a list of those and make that another post.
I'm back to work on Monday though so , yet again, I'll have little time and be tired out. Hey ho, life.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

flowers in the garden

 Cyclamen, looks a bit lonely, I think there is a bigger clump elsewhere in the garden, but I forgot to look for it.
Leucojum, they are usually quite tall. so I'm not sure why these are so little.
Hellebore, not opened
Hellebore, again not opened.
I tagged this with spring and winter flowers, as it seems like spring , but winter is surely not over yet. As I've had more time this week I've been collecting a bag of the well rotted manure from the farm every day and I tip it into my compost bins. One bin was mostly filled with weeds, the other mostly with grass clippings and then autumn leaves. I eat a lot of fruit and veg so any peelings, skins, cores etc... all go in as well. I have three bins and a fourth one is dismantled , in future I'm going to place the empty bin right on top of a veggy bed.. so once its 'cooked' I can just lift it and spread the compost.. currently when I have to empty the bins.. not likely till the end of this summer... I'll have to get them tipped over and mostly onto a tarpaulin and then move it to where its needed. More thought.. less lifting.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Eating Seasonally | What Can Be Harvested In January (2020)

on the subject of forks.. with  my ''new garden'' I received and expensive spade and fork set from my employers, the fork broke very quickly, the shop replaced it.. it broke again.. the shop replaced it... it broke again.. at that point I told them not to replace it to refund the money.. which was quite a lot.. and I bought the shops own cheap brand for £5 (Homebase). 15years or so later I am still using the Homebase one, and thats a shop thats gone out of business now.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


I was patiently waiting for the snowdrops to come up, inspecting a clump near the front of the garden every day.. they still haven't come up... but elsewhere in the garden, behind shrubs and under leaves, these have come up , I will have to wait till the weekend to see them open, to see if they are singles or doubles. I can see from a quick look round this morning that more have come up and nearly at the opening stage.