At the end of February, I made some self-watering seed propagators from 1 litre lemonade bottles.
I have successfully grown:
- Climbing beans
2. Lollo rosso lettuce. This is the second sowing. They are looking a bit sad because they were running out of water and it was too hot in the greenhouse. They soon perked up.
I’ve also got mint, chives, oriental salad, cress, radish, and spring onions. Some are more successful than others.
I’ll definitely be starting my beans off this way next year.
When your mini-greenhouse begins to lean further and further over, despite giving it a couple of ‘crutches’, then it’s time to take it apart, salvage what you can and re-purpose it
. . . into potting shed temporary staging. Continue reading “Another lockdown project”
Two years ago, when the builders rebuilt our wall and built my two raised beds, the weather was atrocious. Heavy rain, snow, icy winds – the Beast from the East struck at just the wrong time. By the time they were shovelling back all the soil, neither they – not I – cared what was going into the hole.
Before I began planting, I had dug through both beds to remove what rubble, stones and bricks I could, but I was too eager to start planting (and too tired by the time I got to this one) that I didn’t quite dig everything out. I thought if I put good compost on top of the rubbish, everything would be fine. And it was; but now there are shoots of Japanese anemone coming up, and no matter how deep I dig, I cannot get to the bottom of them to remove them. Continue reading “Raised Bed B: A social isolation project”
What you will need
- One or more 1 litre clear plastic bottles with screw caps (the number is up to you)
- Short lengths of old t-shirt material – one for each bottle
- compost or soil
- seeds – I’m trying herbs and lettuce
- electric drill and 10mm drill bit
- scissors or sharp-blade knife
Continue reading “Project: Pop-Bottle self-watering mini planters”
A year ago, I shared the wreath I made to take to the Crematorium Gardens of Remembrance on the anniversary of my mum’s death – 8th December 1995. She would have been 91 today (she was 21 in this photo).
Continue reading “A Wreath for Mum”
In January, I wrote that I had thoughts of changing this very shady border into a combination of small greenhouses and compost bins. Continue reading “Project: The Very Shady Border”