March 2016

PREPPING, PRUNING & MUCKING ABOUT

The last of the leeks.
The last of the leeks brought back from the allotment in a leeky watering can.

Just in the nick of time I got the wisteria pruned. Over the years I had hacked away trying to tame the beast but never really mastered the pruning technique because I was always too worried about falling off the ladder.

Not the most attractive photo but the wisteria is pruned.
Not the most attractive photo but the wisteria is pruned.

Whilst gardening in the front garden, I got chatting to a passer-by who told me that he was a tree surgeon. I pointed to the wisteria and said “Don’t suppose you know what to do with this?”. “Oooh I love doing wisteria”, he said. Music to my ears. Then one day I came home from work to find I very tidy example of the correct way to prune it. Can’t wait to see of it brings back the flowers that it once had.

Nothing wrong wit a bit of fakery.
Nothing wrong wit a bit of fakery.

I had a bit of fun with some fake trellis that I saw in Wilko. It was £19.99 and I though that that was perfect to go round the water butt. Its good but I still haven’t found the best solution for the top. More scratching of head involved here.

Other jobs were to clear out the leeks, support the broad beans and generally dig over the allotment. That seems to be never ending especially as the weather has been so cold and wet when ever I have any free time.

I present to you the last of the leeks!
I present to you the last of the leeks!
Too cold in the greenhouse so in the kitchen they reside.
Too cold in the greenhouse so in the kitchen they reside.

The best bit is starting off all the seeds. Toms are in, as are courgettes and squash. I was given a grafted aubergine that is thriving in the warmth of my kitchen. Now that is the next problem, my kitchen. It’ll be the overflow from the green house and for a month or so will look like Kew Gardens.

Gro-Sure Sow Smart is a lot less hassel.
Gro-Sure Sow Smart is a lot less hassel.

Also tried out some GrowSure Sow Smart tomato seed-plugs, so far very good. Basically there’s a seed impregnated into the soil plug and all you do is water it and keep it warm. All the seeds germinated and best of all no need to prick-out, just pot on. Very pleased.

Peas and mangetout will be sown direct this month, as will parnsips and carrots Its going to be busy, and there’s never enough time, but somehow it will all get done.

More updates as the month progresses….

Yup, lots of muck.
Yup, lots of muck.
Broad beans, I support you!
Broad beans, I support you!
The rabbits feast on my spinach.
The rabbits feast on my spinach.

A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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