Monthly Roundup: March

After a long dark and miserable February, March arrived and it was time to decide which vegetables to plant at home and, for the first time in the allotment bed – and which ones will never darken my raised beds again (Beetroot, your days are numbered). The first job was to sort through my vegetable seeds. Being me, I made a spreadsheet! I’ll update it as and when I buy/receive new seeds. Continue reading “Monthly Roundup: March”

Monthly Roundup: January

This new month/year/decade began with mild, dry and sunny(ish) weather, tempting us to thoughts of Spring.

And the month had only just begun when I made my first plant purchases – both from the Rescue Shelf at the garden centre.

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The first was this Hebe Champagne Ice, reduced from £9.99 to £2.50. This is for my front border – one of the gaps left by removing excess peonies last autumn. It looks a bit leggy to me, but I’ll wait until I see new growth before I give it a trim, though some websites say a light trim in early winter will keep it compact. Continue reading “Monthly Roundup: January”

Monthly Roundup: October

Rain seemed to be a permanent feature for this month, making all those gardening jobs much less attractive.

A notification from our heating oil company at the start of the month advising our first ‘top up’ delivery was due – in the next ten days – combined with dull but dry weather on the 3rd, sent me outside to remove the pots that have stood in front of the oil tank for most of the summer.

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At first, my intention was to temporarily move only the Charlotte potatoes growing in bags, but there still wasn’t enough room. So, with a whole drawer in my freezer full of runner beans – and little room for any more – I decided it was time to sacrifice the four plants I’d grown in pots, which had twined their way through the trellis. I picked off the few beans that were a decent size, and hadn’t been nibbled at.

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