26/05/2014 – Long time coming update.

So after who know how long I have started back out in the garden. Even with the neglect I have been showing it, it has come on since last year.There are a few dead patches in the grass that im clearing up. Here are a few update pictures –

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As you can see the green manure has really filled this patch up and looks much better.

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The bug corner is coming on really well too.

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Here is the raised bed with some freshly dug in manure –

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A job to do is fix the fence that blew over and broke in the bad weather we had –

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This is my firewood rack and fire pit –

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I have also bought myself one of those cheap tomato houses, to get me started on them this year –

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Here are a few pictures of my established plants –

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Here is the start I have made on my shed, its a custom build and may take a while to complete, all though I have got a few plans for it –

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Some of the seedlings in the greenhouse –

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Here are the 50p fruit bushes that I bought from B&M Bargains, They were dead but hopefully are just dormant-

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And finally a friend I was watching in the garden before I went out –

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I was watching him for a good half hour trying to get of the block.

Tomorrow my day is going to consist of re-potting the current plants, I am also going to get some cuttings from some of the bushes I have and I may have a fig cutting lined up.

A big update!

First off, let me give my apologies for the lack of updates, but you know how it goes sometimes, other stuff get priority.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t do any gardening though. I have done quite a bit.

Here is a picture of the grape vine before I split it up into three –

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and here they are after I had finished –

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Notice the potting bench in the above photo. That’s what all those planks got turned into, I’ll get a better picture tomorrow.

Now this is what I am the most happiest with, The raised bed.

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From left to right – Sunflowers, Rainbow Chard, Rocket Salad and Rhubarb.

Ill get another update tonight ready for tomorrow.

Pallet reclaiming and seed testing

Today I haven’t done much out in the garden. I put all the plants out to bask in the sun –

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The spinach has started showing signs of life –

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I stripped down a pallet and had a surprisingly large amount of usable wood from it –

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Just need to get hold of some more now.

I also test planted the green manure and wildflower, using the clean dirt from the garden –

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Hopefully another nice day for flower basking again tomorrow.

Raised Bed – Part 6 – Set in and Rubble Clearance

I have now put the raised bed into the ground, it went in pretty easy, only moving the odd few over sized stones.

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And it is looking good just need to clear all the rubble, glass and other debris to make it safe now, so a labour intensive job.
The sieving is going well though as I am about half way through, this is the amount of dirt I have cleared –

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The bag is almost full to the brim, should be done by the weekend though. I’m only going down about a spade width, that should be more than plenty when full.

Also I only had one problem with the raised bed, the board is slightly twisted, so it pulled the screw out, nothing major though.

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Tomorrow I will be testing out my new seeds using the dirt from the ground and bag, to see how it will grow.

My Grandparents Garden

To me the love for gardening probably started out from my grandparents. Both my parents see gardening as a pain so I didn’t get my love for it off them. My grandfather used to have his own allotments but due to him getting older, has had to give it up and grows mainly in the garden. Here are a few pictures from the garden –

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He has gone a little bit tomatoe and runner bean mad, but as he says “only grow what you eat”. The sunflowers are all my grandmothers, she is the flower grower of them both.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on my grandparents garden.

Raised Bed – Part 5 – Lined Up and New Seeds

Today I got out into the garden much earlier since I won’t be able to this evening. I used some connectors and screwed the wood together, I didn’t get a chance to screw it on to the bed though as the rain came.

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I am very impressed with how it is looking though and can’t wait to put it in.

I have also received my seeds back that I ordered from Premier Seeds Direct and Lawn UK

The ones from Premier Seeds Direct are the White Clover that I will be using for Green Manure.

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The Seeds from Lawn UK are a mixture of wildflower, specially mixed for Bumble Bees.

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Both sets of seeds cost me 99p delivered and I will be testing them out tomorrow.

Also tomorrow I will be putting the raised bed together and putting it into place, leaving just the soil sieving and getting hold of manure.

Raised Bed – Part 4 – Nearing Completion

After having a lovely fathers day, with a lovely card and lots of presents, I didn’t plan to go out in the garden today but at 5:40pm, I had two choices. Stay in and watch Star Wars or pop out and carry on putting the raised bed together. I chose the raised bed.

After about an hour this is how the stands –

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I also don’t need to find another plank either, the cut offs from the other planks, once connected together will be more than big enough for the missing section, so I am happy with that.

As promised yesterday, this is where the rubble from the raised bed area is going, down the gap in the fence, to try and fill up the hole between the gardens.

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Also looking between the fence, I found this smaller fence, so at some point the current fence is coming off and I will re-attach them in a much better way, so that they are much tighter, leaving more garden free.

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All in all, I am happy with the progress today, I love seeing things come together. Just got to continue sifting through the dirt and get hold of manure.