Friday, 29 April 2011

A descending moon leaf day

Royal wedding today. 

Today I harvested my first coriander - it smalls wonderful!  I have also sown multicoloured Swiss chard, more coriander, Pak choi and planted my Asparagus - Gijnlim F1 in the flower bed so that it will look good as a background fluffy plant by the fence.  In 2 years time I will be harvesting tips mmmmm

I potted up 44 acers into separate pots - here are 30 of them.  I had to go on a pot hunt for more pots but managed to find some :)

I dont have room for many of them but I shall give/sell the spare ones.  I love acers.  They are SO beautiful.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Libra Full moon a Flower day

 I got back in the garden again today!  Things have been busy growing so much behind my back!

I have managed to get the broad beans and mange tout planted out as they were over taking my cold frame.  As you can see the beets and spinach from last year are giving us several leaves for salad and stir fry until this years are up and away.
 These are the acer seeds the "fell" in my pocket from gardens and arboretums I visited in the autumn!!  They are all coming up fast.  I think I will need a field to plant them in.  I already have 10 acers in my garden.... surely there is room for more!
 The Blueberries are all in flower and the leaves are a beautiful lime green.  The poor plant on the right is a bit slow bit with some TLC lets hope it will catch up. It has the most flowers on it for sure.

The strawberries and raspberries are filling their space and the strawberries are coming into flower.
 The bramley apple tree has loads of flowers on it this year and the bees are very busy visiting each flower so lets hope for a bumper crop this year.

Below the apple tree are the first early potatoes in pots that I planted out last week.

 These are some wonderful tulips that I found in the Hilliers magazine last autumn.  They said they are resilient and beautiful.  They certainly are.
As always at this time of year my weeds are a riot of colour.  They are so beautiful - how can anyone call them weeds?

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Woo Hoo Space in my kitchen a root day

At last a warm root day with the moon in Taurus. Time to plant the potatoes which have been clogging up my kitchen since the end of January!!

I have planted the main crop ones in the flower bed by the pond where all the ground ivy was as I will have to dig it over and over to get rid of the roots hiding in the ground so what better thing to plant than something that needs digging up anyway!

Today I have also weeded the veg garden beds again as soon it will be time to plant out all the veg I have growing in the green house.

One little weed I left - a violet growing path side of the bedding edges - so beautiful

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Salad days are here!

Today is really warm and sunny in the garden reaching 23C, the hottest day of the year!  I picked myself a wonderful garden salad with baby salad leaves, radish thinning leaves coriander leaves, English mace, parsley, baby beet leaves from last years beetroots, chickweed, ground elder, mint and lemon basil.

Today is a fruit sowing day so I sowed mangetout, cauliflower, french beans and aubergine.My garden is growing like mad and lots of things are about to flower.  This is the red currant that I planted this year.  It has grown like mad helped by the big sack of oak leaf mould I had left there until it rotted!
The Black currant has also burst into bloom.  Last year I put a net round the bush and managed to get lots of meals off the one plant, sorry birds :(
The lettuce is growing well under the cloche

My strawberries are coming into bud and the raspberries that I planted between them are growing well.

The blueberries are all potted up in ericeous soil and there are yet more lettuces under cloches.

The garlic are growing well having been protected from the birds when first planted

I have managed to get several meals from the spinach and beetroot I didn't harvest Last year as they burst into growth again this year.  As the other veg comes into use I will compost these and use the ground for something else but until then they are very useful.

 The greenhouse is getting pretty full at the moment as the veg has been potted up.  The tomatoes are doing really well this year - moon planting is working wonders!
Here are carrots, last years parsley, new parsley for this year, salad leaves and chickweed for salad
 Look what happens when you leave the weeds to grow - beautiful forget me nots

......and a dandelion too!