Tuesday, April 06, 2021

a couple of pics from Saturday

in the greenhouse with the sun on his back.

 filling up the shelves with seed trays.

Sunday, April 04, 2021



todays pickings of purple sprouting broccolli and chives, about to be made into an omlette and eaten for dinner. 

I'm tired out from work, weary of the changing weather. 

following are temperatures and what's been sown in the greenhouse, as typed into my garden diary adn copied and pasted to here.

22/3/21                18.7        11.8        3.8

27/3/21                19.1        9.9          2.2          sown  ===some more Cipolla Rossa Di Tropea Onion as they just don’t look like germinating, Blumen Sapore Italiano. === Pepper Largo De Reus Pairal, More Veg.=== Pepper Quadrato  Asti Rosso, Blumen Sapore Italiano===Carrot Ideal, baby type.. for little first carrots.Suttons===Courgette Black Beauty===Pumpkin Small Sugar===Cucumber Lemon===Leaf Beet Perpetual Spinach, More Veg===Spinach Giant Nobel===

31/3/21                21.2        9.7          4.2

2/4/21                   21.9        2.1          0.3

3/4/21                   27.3        21.9        2.1

4/4/21                   20.1        12.8        1.5          sown === Cauliflower Romanesco, Suttons === Cauliflower Snowball Y Improved, Sow n Grow===  Broccolli Continuity,Suttons === Broccoli Walthan, Sow n Grow=== Kale Vates Blue Scotch Curled, Sow n Grow=== Cabbage or Kale Cavalo Nero di Toscana,  Blumen Sapore Italiano  === Cabbage Winter Jewel, Suttons === Cabbage Savoy Perfection, Sow n Grow=== Green Pepper Pepperone Friggitello, Blumen Sapore Italiano=== Chard Ruby Red, Sow n Grow === Chard Lucullus, Sow n Grow=== Collards Vates, Sow n Grow=== Brussells Sprouts Long Island Improved, Sow n Grow === Arugula, Sow n Grow===  Anise, Sow n Grow===Fennel, Sow n Grow===

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sundays gardening

greenhouse temperatures. max 23 c   current 18.5   min 2.5c    seeding herbs and wild flower mix into new seed tray/propagator; coriander, sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley and re-sown onion seeds, Cipolla Rossa Di Tropea.

old propagator lids on the left.. look how yellow they are compared to the nice new clear ones. will use the old ones till they fall apart, they've given good years of use.

 bookmark from Wildside, keeping place
favourite gardening book. I reccomended this to a friend who unfortunately bought the 'new edition' which I've looked at and don't like at all.. the author has changed his views and ways of doing things over time.. so I'll only recommend the old edition, not the new one... what suits some people doesn't suit others.
I've been piling horse poop on top of this bed for a couple of weeks, bringing home a couple of bags at a time in the car.
that's it dug in now, weeds removed, stones removed. I know its not been tended well for a number of years but the soil seems such poor quality.. like its never been dug over before... oh well, it can only improve with work and time.
these are snakeshead fritillary which were coming up underneath the twisted hazel... its the right time to move snowdrops.. but not these... but, being on my knees removing the snowdrops from under there, I just thought well move them while I'm there... as not likely to want to crawl under again.... hope they survive. snowdrops and fritts now in a place where they can be better seen when they come up next year.

Thursday, March 18, 2021


hyacinths, smell wonderful.
snow on the hills, weather is changeable with some warm days and some not
a good day, out riding.

in the garden, the first little daffodil to flower, its about six inches high, and the purple sprouting broccoli, making a nice colour and providing some to eat, I eat the leaves too, and the last leek, which is a skinny one, but tasty all the same.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

rain on a Saturday

 Empire Biscuit from a local bakery, my favourite. 

not taken record of temperature every day, max 21.9, current 11.5, min 3.9.    Not been the nicest weather though its not freezing,  typical of my days off .. its raining and cold.         

seeds planted today,  7 of Aubergine de Barbentane (More Veg)  and 6 of Pepper Quadrato Asti Rosso (Blumen Sapore Italiano).. these are in a wee mini plastic propagator from B&Q on the windosill in spare room.