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For all you UK based gardeners out there, I spotted details of an offer from Gardeners World magazine in the Money Saving Expert newsletter and have put a link to the website page here.
It gives 2 for 1 entry to gardens and if you buy the £6.50 version of the magazine you get gardening gloves and 6 packets of seeds as well.
All the best,
Garden lifecycle is moving along now.
Tulips are all dead, helped along by the aphid invasion last week! It was horrendous, some stems were an inch thick with the squishy green poppers! So out came the soapy water and ladybirds were ordered. I also smiled nicely at the workmen next door and they chopped down the mingling Elder tree that was growing out of the drain. Every year it grows mingling diseased leaves that end up covered in black greenfly. These then poo and die, which makes it all stink, which then attracts bluebottles. Its horrid. But its gone now! But not before the black and green buggers took some of my tomato and tomatillo plants with them!
But my seedlings have kept coming, and I've been planting them out as they do, so it's not looking toooooo shabby!
So, the website is being difficult again. If you're seeing squares, you should be able to click on them to open the pics. If not, I'll link to the albums below if you want a nose through them as it shows them both from start to finish.
You can see the front garden album here - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156080951116073&id=500581072 - just click on the album name and it should open.
The back garden album can be found here - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156076947826073&id=500581072
How are everyone else's gardens getting along?
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Hi Lass. Nice selection of plants there. I will take some of my garden tomorrow. Good to see you last week
I will hopefully get a good crop of lots of things! So you never know, the next meet may involve fruit and veg being brought and palmed off if there's too much for me to eat! Lol
I'll look forward to seeing what you've got going on in yours. Especially with a name like Flower lady!
My garden is looking splendid too. I’ll take fond pics tomorrow
What is a community champ?
did promise some pics. It really is al so lovely in May
Bugle plus daises
Last of the tulips
Poppies and a deciduous rhododendron
Peonies coming into flower
I was intrigued by your mention ofTomatillo plants. I have an old Chilli Verde recipe ( green chilli ) that is a family favourite. Unfortunately I have always had to substitute for tomatillos. Twice I tried to grow them with no success.
So inspired by your post I have ordered some more seeds. Any tips for growing them? Do you put them in a grow bag like tomatoes?
Any hints welcome. I do not have a greenhouse but could knock up a cold frame
May the sun shine on your face and the road rise up to meet you
Honestly? I'm flying by the seat of my pants and making it up as I go along. Lol.
I've never grown anything edible before, so I've just been picking things I like or want to try and seeing what happens. Tomatillo is one of those things I've seen on TV and have recipes calling for them, but I've never seen to buy or try.
So I've grown mine the same as everything else by putting the seeds in little pots on the windowsill and letting them germinate. Then after they had a few good leaves, I transferred them outside to acclimatise, then planted them up. Sadly, a snail got one of them, and aphids got another. But I'm persevering. Lol. I think there's still one, maybe one and a half planted outside. And 2 new ones on my windowsill that have just popped up - trying to replace the ones I lost.
But yeh, I'm feeding them with the tomatoes using tomato feed. And they are growing in the top of the tower I have. So I guess I'm treating them the same as the tomatoes. So fingers are crossed for everything, as it's all a massive learning curve and experiment for me. But it's fun, even if I end up with nothing more than salad leaves, radishes, strawberries, and carrots! (Those are doing their thing quite well at the moment. The rest needs to flower and fruit, so we'll see. Lol)
Good luck with your tomatillo attempt! Fingers crossed we both end up with at least one this year! Lol. Take pics and let me see how you go!
I made a veg!
Very jealous! I can't keep cactus alive let alone grow veg.. enjoy!
I have flowers on my cucumber plant. The start of flowers on a pepper plant, and the start of flowers on my raspberries, oh! And some squash plants have the start of flowers too. One of my strawberries has a little red nose too!
All very exciting!
Some of my faves from the back.
And the front...
Hi Lass, your plants look great. Isn't it exciting when you grow fruit or veg!
It's rained so much that everything has grown wild
Do not know how I missed this post!
What lovely words about Kauai, and it is all true.
As to UK-WEEDING-I try to pluck out the weeds before they have a chance to grow. Also raised beds help keep the weeds down because seeds cannot climb, only catch wisps of wind (and the bed is 21/2 feet high or hang onto a bird. Even when one does get in it is easy to see and pluck out. Ive been in San Fancisco for the last 4 weeks, for treatment and for a family weeding, so there will be weeds when I return. So I'll roll up my sleeves when I return and go after them.
I'm feeling better lately, so it should be easier to garden when I return to the new garden weeds. Should have papaya when I return. I start them from seed (from the best tasting papayas only) and once big enough put them in the ground. Takes about 8 months from eating, planting, growing to eating:-). Pineapples the same, I start from the head of a great pineapple and it takes 2 years to harvest the fruit, the plant no longer produces, so you eat your pineapple and then plants the pineapple head and so forth and so forth.
Bananas, you plant a small shoot, wait 1 year for the adult plant and another 3 months for the bunch. But they multiply by themselves from shoots at the bottom, so once you plant one, it goes on forever. Now I have about 7 adults and will have a bunch about every 4-6 months, once you cut the bunch down, that stalk is cut down and its babies go forward. Only problem sometimes my yardman will cut a bunch and take them home....About 2 years ago I got a start from a passion fruit, grew it and then planted it by the back fence and will have the first fruit in the near future. So gardening here is one of patience and planning months to years ahead. Onions however are fast thank goodness. Also Basil grows well and fast here.
Thanks for the advice and kind words, you made me smile.
That's kind of you to say that, and in a nice way when I read your post, you make me insanely jealous!
I think you mean you were at a family WEDDING lol. See what gardening does to us!
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