April Update – Gower Side..

Chrissie’s garden and allotment starting to blossom over in Gower.. lot’s of bean, tatties, squash, sweet potato and plenty more kicking off. I’m mahoosively grateful for the encouragement and support Chrissie has given me this year enabling me to be ambitious with my growing projects.

Growing Up To Speed – End of April Update!

Yup, you’ve guessed it, it’s been a busy month…

  • A is for Avocado and the plant is now almost as big as our kitchen window.
  • The avocado seeds I just threw into a container half full of water have started to sprout! The ones with cocktail sticks hanging in jars are doing sweet-diddly-nothing!
  • Lettuce – over a million planed in the 2 raised beds, a crate planer and 2 veg boxes 🙂
  • Beans – getting bigger slowly. Bed full of Marestail that I’ve tried to dig out :-/
  • Carrots – seem happy.
  • Chives – bursting out of their planter.
  • Fennel – would love more soil I’m sure.
  • Kale (curly & purple) – transplanted from greenhouse to a bed in the front garden.
  • Leeks – in! Thanks to a porridge spurtle I was given for me birthday! It’s so much better placed in the garden 🙂
  • Celery – ends bought from store replanted and regrowing at a pace!
  • Mint – loving the chimney pot and has been the source of many a fresh cuppa.
  • Onion – lonely but content – what a hair-do it has.. soooo cool.
  • Raspberries – bursting out of their bin.
  • Spinach (in the bin) – going to seed and more like a tree now. A regular addition to salad bowls.
  • Sweet potato – now has a growing box dedicated to it.
  • Sunflowers – coming on strong .. planted 20 or so along the fence. Looking forward to seeing them in full flower.
  • Mushrooms – another birthday present that has come good 🙂

Pallet Growing Beds and Benches

A new delivery of pallets arrived (thanks so much James!!), so that meant a hive of activity, largely in the newly reclaimed south garden area that used to be nothing but brambles on a very steep bank.

Both pallet growing boxes are now complete and these are accompanied by 2 pallet benches to enjoy the fabulous views of towards Kilvey Hill and Swansea Bay. This has now officially become my favourite area of the garden as it’s soooo peaceful and secluded. Every morning this week it’s been porridge and a newly discovered yoga nidra meditation (thanks Chrissie!) to a background of wind through the trees and birdsong to calm my mind. I have to say, I think it might be working! 🙂

Really looking forward to greening this area up now most of the groundwork seems to be done. Some peas, beans and squash perhaps? Whaddareckon folks?

Previous blog for this area of the garden here.

Brambles to Beds

So the neighbours kindly removed about 20ft of brambles from the southern end of our property to reveal a steep bank of stone and soil, which soon got me thinking about how the bank might be terraced and repurposed. Start small I thought, and began with a couple of small beds. As usual, one bed is leading to another and another, and another! Throw a few pallets in the mix for good measure and it’s starting to take shape. I’m imagining squash and watermelon being harvested here in a few months 🙂

Things have evolved! Check out the next stage here

Growing Up To Speed – End of March Update!

So it’s only been about 4 weeks or so since we sowed our first seeds, started planting and things are really starting to happen!

  • Beans we grew from seed, spent a week in the greenhouse and are doing well in the garden.
  • Beans we sowed straight into the garden around the same time have finally come through (we were wondering!), though they are way behind the ones we planted indoors.
  • Brussels seedlings are arising out of their toilet rolls 🙂
  • Carrots & cucumber are poking through in the window planter.
  • Sweetcorn, zucchini & broccoli are going great guns indoors and have gone straight to big paper pots in the greenhouse.
  • Kale, lettuce & leeks maturing nicely in the greenhouse.
  • Spinach and raspberries taking root nicely in the big bins having been transplanted from my partners allotment. I wont be buying any more spinach this year 🙂
  • Mint in the chimney pot and and lemon balm in the pallet planter are coming back again nicely from last year. Both make an luuurvley cuppa tea 🙂

Paper Seedling Plant Pots

What a nifty little trick my lovely partner shared with me today. Making these paper planters for those seedlings that are crying out for more soil and space. And it is super easy to do! Tear or cut a standard newspaper in half then fold the newspaper pages in half again. Roll the folded paper around a jar and press in the ends and hey presto, uno paper plant pottio!

Pallet Potting Boxes

Who would have thoughts making these humble boxes would have been sooo satisfying. I’m not sure whether it’s the simplicity of the shape, or the contrast of the colours or some other factor I’ve yet to discover. With so many seeds coming on and in need of bigger pots, these pallet boxes turned out to be perfect for the job. Not doubt there will be countless other uses for them as the season roles on too.

Sowing Seeds!

It’s that time of year.. at least that’s what all my growing books, videos and partner tell me! Getting busy with it, hundreds of seeds going in of all types and variety.. no doubt this will lead to utter carnage later in the year, but hey, life is for living! And we shall learn a lot this year.

Beans Are Up!

I’ve not done any real gardening before so this year will be a first attempt at planting en-masse! What can possibly go wrong??! The first beans are coming up nicely, so far so good 🙂