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Seeds, seeds and more seeds

I’m trying to be a bit more organised this year so have spent some time this week going through all my seeds, bulbs and young plants working out what needs sowing, propagating, planting etc and when! The conservatory is fast filling up with things in pots as it’s way too early to risk putting anything outside yet – we learned our lesson on that score last year! We’re also not risking being so late that loads of things don’t make the productive stage (another lesson from last year).

It looks like, all being well, we should have a great harvest this year, with well over 40 fruits and veggies, not counting the herb garden. We’ve also got some interesting new things to try like, oca, cucamelons and heirloom corn as well as some more unusual varieties of other kitchen garden staples.

The new gas tank is dug into the front garden

In other news ‘operation gas tank’ has begun – predictably what was supposed to be a 2-day job has already been four and we’re only halfway through. The front lawn was dug up and a new gas tank inserted. Some of the internal connections have been done however there still needs to be some pipework done to connect the new tank to the house. Once that’s been done they’ll transfer any gas from the old tank in the back garden to the new one and then remove the old tank. I can’t wait – we’ll be able to make a lovely new bed in that space, just as well with all the seeds and plants I’ve bought.

The ‘after’ total carnage shot – not too bad at all!

I also heard this week that the very kind people at What Shed have listed APG in their round up of Best UK Gardening Blogs – thank you! You can check out the others on the list here.

Gardening Scotland 2016

Was I the only one who was disappointed with this year’s Gardening Scotland Show? Not at all by the sounds of it.

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We were so excited about going, it was amazing last year, but it turned out to be a little bit of a let-down. The show gardens weren’t that ‘showy’ (or that many either) and both the craft tent and the main indoor hall also seemed to be lacking in both the number of stalls and their ‘substance’ in comparison to before.

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There were still some lovely stalls in the main hall and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to Hamish from the Secret Herb Garden talk about weeds/medicines, and the weather was perfect.

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So although we had a lovely afternoon with our friends  and we did still all come home with armfuls of purchases (and some absolute steals from when the stands were being broken down) I think I’ll have to demote it back below the Royal Highland Show which is coming up in the next couple of weeks.

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Next year we’re going to try Chelsea instead. Maybe the shows are just too close together and people are choosing Chelsea over Gardening Scotland….

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These are a few purchases, we haven’t given up on the Bonsai and have even bought a couple of new ones too! Predictably a succulent and cactus also found their way home.

 

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Crassula Pelucida Marginalis

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Jade Bonsai (Money Tree)
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Japanese Holly Bonsai

 

Getting Creative with a new Potting Bench

I’ve been going Pinterest crazy recently for all things gardening and one thing that’s been high on my to-do list, especially with our continued Wintery weather, has been to create a potting shed sanctuary.

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Our Summerhouse, which also acts as my home office and a general dumping ground for out of season garden furniture and chicken bedding/feed etc. will be the perfect spot, once it’s been cleared out a bit.

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I’ve been gathering lots of ‘pinspiration‘ and spotted something at last weekend’s local auction that would make a perfect potting bench – thankfully, we won it and it was delivered today, along with some other bits n pieces.

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I couldn’t quite wait for it to be in situ before got ‘potting’ so I planted up a set of vintage scales with some succulents. S didn’t quite ‘get’ my vision with this one so will be interested to see if he likes it.

We also bought a vintage watering can and an old Edwardian foot bath a few weeks back that are also waiting on some potting action.

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In other news, the spring onion ends that I put in some water at the weekend, have indeed started sprouting (yes, another idea from Pinterest), although the celery isn’t looking quite so successful just yet.

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The post was also a joy – I received a new book on growing and preserving fruit to review, a packet of wildflower seeds from this year’s Grow Wild campaign and a sample of Baby Bio outdoor. Along with the seeds from a friend, I have a lot to be playing around with.

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