Growing Up To Speed – End of May Update!

Things are starting to get a little crazy on the growing front..

  • Lettuce – have taken over… help needed to munch all them leaves!
  • Sweetcorn – coming on nicely.
  • Leeks – slow but steady
  • Kale – a recent burst of activity.
  • Beans – very pleased to see me it seems! :-/
  • Sunflowers – maturing well.
  • Carrots – definately happening.
  • Squash – seem very happy.
  • Raspberries – turning into a bush in a bin.
  • Sweet potato – no longer look like they are dying .. will hopefully make a comeback.
  • Avocado – has turned into a monster, is taking over the kitchen and now has babies!

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 Woodshed

Since the intention and call when out for more pallets, (and once friends understood I’d likely have a breakdown of sorts if I didn’t have some soon), they seem to have started appearing thick and fast! With all this additional resource turning up at the house, I’ve needed to get more organised. This pallet woodshed is helping a lot..

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.

Pallet Armchair

So the neighbour said she liked the look of the pallet chair I made recently but would like one with arms. It’s her birthday tomorrow, so tried to pull out all the stops. Very pleased with the end result as there were several times during its construction that this chair was going to look VERY different!

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.

Pallet Chair

I find most of the pallet furniture I’ve made has required a lot of improvisation, and chin rubbing! This one was no different and took some time before it came together properly. I have to say, it’s by far the best piece I’ve done to date. The thought arose when looking at my garden chairs and their X design and that got me finkin!