Fruit and Veggies A Go Go!

This bank holiday weekend has been a wet one at times. Minutes before writing this post I was washing compost from the whole lengths of my arms after potting up plants in the rain. Ick!

However our wet weather has been a flippin’ miracle for our plants after the warm spell we had last week!

In particlar my fruit and veggies have been loving this rain! They have gotten their grow on.

Firstly, and the reason I was so covered in compost, the baby tomatoes I was given by my parents were transferred into large veg grow bags with compost for vegetables. So hopefully in the next couple of months we will have actual edible tomatoes… Eek! 

Also my little strawberry plants are starting to grow some big fruits… I can’t wait for them to ripen!! Fresh strawberries with hot dark chocolate sauce… Ooh!

Finally, look at my potatoes – they have gone mad and gone into flower, yaas! Potato times are coming soon.

My fruits and veggies are all go! Looks like this wet weekend has perked them up. How are yours coming along?!

Amy x

The Propagator

One of my Christmas presents last year was this little beauty!

Today, my ‘Garland Fab 4 Electric Propagator’ has had its first use. I have planted up two packets of Dahlia seeds. We have Dwarf Double Mixed and Pompon Mixed.  Which were super cheap from Wilko, as you can see! 

Once they have started to sprout in the Propagator, I will prick them out and keep them in a larger tray or pot until they are strong enough to brave the outside, probably around May. When I will keep them in their trays/pots in the garden for a couple of weeks before moving them to the allotment.

After working on Gardeners’ World last year, I was inspired to use some of the space at the allotment as a cut flower border. This way throughout the summer months, I can bring fresh flowers into the house which I have grown myself – rather than forking out for a bouquet in store.

Plus, what a thoughtful gift for friends and family, a bouquet of flowers from our own allotment!?

Keep an eye on my blog for updates on my newest gadget – and the little seeds I have planted in there!

You could get the same propagator as me from Garland Products – they also do larger versions if you have more seeds to plant than I do!

Amy x

The Cactus

I have always had an interest in cacti, my grandparents used to have a corridor leading to a music/play room in their house, it was like a conservatory as it was mostly made from glass. Along the corridor were shelves with cacti all along them.

I remember when I was little I used to run down the corridor to the play room as fast as I could so that the prickles couldn’t get me on the way past. Fond memories, I have always found cacti fascinating!

This cute little cactus has been with us in two homes now, and it’s so very easy to look after! In our old flat we had it in the bathroom and the steam seemed to be enough moisture for it, so I never had to water it! Now we keep it on the windowsill in the kitchen, right near the sink, and it’s happy as Larry there too!

If you have shortage of outdoor space, why don’t you look at getting a little cactus or even a few to put around your home.

You can get them from most garden centres, or if you want something more specialised you can find a range of specialist growers online. My local chap is called Tony Irons, which is who I bought my succulents from. You can see his website here.

Obviously, make sure you keep them out of the reach of children and pets to avoid a prickly surprise!

 

Where did we start…

Although we moved into our new home and inherited our ‘Yarden’ a few months ago now, we have only now started to think about how we want it to look and feel. With the house screaming out for attention, the garden was left to do it’s own thing for a long time, but the New Year has given us a kick up the backside to get cracking on our valuable outdoor space.

Back in the autumn however, we did spend a couple of hours at my new favourite place, Brackenwood Garden Centre, which is just down the road from us. Somewhere in between Ashton court and Pill/Ham Green. It is a cute little family ran garden centre with all kinds of plants for any garden, but my favourites by far were the ferns.

We purchased a couple of bits, including this beautiful little fern (Dicksonia antarctica) to help spruce up our sorry looking garden. It wasn’t until I had planted it up I realised it was actually a tree fern. Which can grow up to 6m in the right conditions… Not quite what I had in mind, and my first gardening mistake.

Skip forward to now, it looks like being uncovered over winter hasn’t done it any good, as expected, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven’t killed it. In the meantime, we will move onto fixing some of the bigger jobs in our yarden.

Amy x

 

Mini fact: 

Ferns grow well in shaded, sheltered and humid environments, so are great plants for a walled or shaded garden.

Where to buy:

Plants and planter bought from Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre

Meerkat figurine bought from Downham Home and Garden Store