Growing Up To Speed – End of July Update

It’s been a long time in the making but everything is coming out now. Lots of colour, fruit and vegetables appearing in the garden.. feels very satisfying 🙂

  • Lettuce – second crop maturing nicely, still on 2 big bowls a day!
  • Avocado – the monster has now taken over the sink as well as the window! Just wish it would do the washing up!!! Lot’s of babies gaining weight.
  • Sunflowers – Lots out now, looking gorgeous. Some heads so big the stems cant support them. 3 must be Giants as they’re 7ft tall, or perhaps its just the soil?
  • Squash – first one will be in the oven soon I reckon.
  • Beans – it’s all over, fully harvested, thinking about prepping the soil for succession planting.
  • Kale – now a regular part of the weekly diet, lovely 🙂
  • Sweetcorn – coming good all of a sudden.
  • Leeks – slow but steady!
  • Sweet Potato – still taking fooooorrrever.. yaaaawn.
  • French Beans – lengthened the poles and they still grew off the end! Harvest soon.
  • Courgette – many of them are struggling, getting eaten by slugs me thinks :-/
  • Raspberries – turning into a nice bush, happy in the bin.
  • Rhubarb – made our first crumble last weekend.. absolutely scrumptious 🙂
  • Wildflower Meadow – in full flower 🙂
  • Strawberry Plant – putting out lots of suckers that are taking root in the tiered pallet planter. Great to see it working as it’s supposed to!

My favourite pic this month.. can you name which vegetable produces this flower? Answers on a postcard!

Growing Up To Speed – End of June Update

This is a great time of year for growers.. everything really maturing nicely now.

  • Lettuce – starting to go over, have planted 100 more 🙂
  • Avocado – getting way too big.. not far from a crisis now!
  • Sunflowers – coming on strong, over the new fence now and the first one is out 🙂
  • Squash – is putting out
  • Beans – in full harvest – issues with blackfly :-/
  • Kale – finally taking on some size – starting to harvest.. very tasty!
  • Sweetcorn – looks a long way off
  • Leeks – slow burn!
  • Sweet Potato – taking fooooorrrever.. yaaaawn.
  • Sweet Peas – going bonkers, climbing the poles like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Courgette – some got eaten by slugs 🙁 .. the rest are getting a lot longer than I ever expected them too!
  • Raspberries – putting on lots of plumage
  • Rhubarb – getting massive 🙂

Pallet Pergola & Planters

My neighbour sends me a text, “I have a load of pallets here for you” .. turns out, there were 7 large ones + 3 crates. That night I have a restless sleep and wake up with a vision of the “High Chaparral” sign swinging in the wind under wooden beams, in the case obviously it was going to read “Pallet Life”!

Pallet Cwtch

By this point, what with all these pallet creations and planting projects going on, all of a sudden I was feeling incredibly tired! Fortunately I managed to get this cwtch built just in time for a very long nanna nap! 🙂

Pallet Strawberry Planter

The neighbour’s daughter is mad for strawberries and is apparently putting away the punnets! Subsequently, a request came in for a strawberry planter. The first one, part of the delux 7 tier system was a bit rustic I thought, so used a nicer pallet for a better finish…

Pallet Fence – South Garden

This was a small but important project as it has become a boundary between 2 properties a and visible by many others so I was keen to try to keep it looking presentable. The other consideration was wind so building in strength was important too.

I spent a good amount of time leveling the footings in preparation and laid down bricks where the pallets connect. That preparation really makes life easier when it comes to assembling. The result is a strong and sturdy fence that may even get a lick of paint one day to finish it off!

Kids Swing Seat With Pallet Sunshade

Out of the wreckage when clearing the brambles away from the southern end of the garden, I discovered several children’s playthings, one being this delightful little swing seat. It looked like it had far too much potential to throw away so decided to embark on a recovery mission which involved me learning several simple, but none-the-less, useful skills.

The finished article has now been delivered back to it’s source, the neighbour next door, where it is now receiving another sizable dose of tlc! Must be infectious this upcycling malarkey?!

Check out the kids slide and trampoline here

Pallet Shed

Where would a man be without a shed!! More to the point, where would I be without a pallet shed??! At a loss, that’s where! So to rectify that calamity, I wrestled these together. On a flat surface, it took about 20 mins! Blending into the environment in our back garden and making the roof watertight took considerably longer…

Pallet Deck & Bamboo Arch

Over breakfast one morning, Chrissie pointed to the scrub area beside us and suggested we should deck it with pallets. Little seeds of ideas grow into big projects.. not that big in this case, but it did take a fair amount of jiggery pokery to rework the stones, find the levels and ensure the hosepipe remained sunken and intact throughout the process.

My lovely mum passed away during this little project so we decided to build a bamboo arch to train the honeysuckle and dedicate it to her. She was an enthusiastic gardener, amongst many other things, and I know she’d take great satisfaction from seeing us have so much fun with plants, pots and pallets.

Bamboo arch with honeysuckle – dedicated to Val Anderson – RIP (6th May 2020)