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Good Day in the Garden

Good day in my own garden to-day.

I trimmed the Laurel hedge.

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This is what it looked like in 2006, when we moved in.

In 2007 we built our veg garden in this area as it is enclosed on all 4 sides

To-day I trimmed the hedge – as it was casting a lot of shade.

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I think I have a variation on a pleached look going here. I love my stone walls and it seems a shame to hide them with greenery. It looks a bit scruffy just now. The plan is to keep it clipped at roughly this height, and it should thicken up a bit. I reckon in a couple of years it will look quite nice.

Now … I just have to get rid of the clippings. (Well when I say “I” what I mean is;- I think Shed-Man is going to have a busy time with the shredder at the weekend).

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We need to keep the hedge to give us privacy from next door, and more importantly to act as a wind break, keeping as much of the prevailing South Westerlies off the garden as we can.

I am really happy with the difference in the amount of light that cutting the Laural has made. But gosh I am tiered now.

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A Cunning Plan

Carrot Tub

This is my cunning plan – my secret weapon in an attempt to grow carrots!

Last year I failed miserably with carrots. I had two attempts – and my carrots were rubbish – well actually the second lot were not rubbish – just about 1/4 inch long.

We have very stony damp soil here – not ideal carrot growing soil at all. So this year I have filled a half barrel with a soil and sand mix – and I am going to try growing these short stumpy carrots – “Parmex”.

Parmex Carrot

I have no idea what this variety tastes like – so if you grow them do let me know! Also in the same tub I am growing “Cherry Belle” Radish.

Quite often people grow carrot – with onions or garlic – as this is said to deter the carrot fly – which seeks out carrots by scent. I am trying the Radish/Carrot combination as I am hopeful that the quick growing radish will open up the soil for the carrot.

Radish “Cherry Belle”

Carrot fly should not be a problem – as apparently they fly close to the ground. Currently the tub is covered with its own little rain hood – to keep off some of the downpours we are experiencing – then later in the season I will swap this for a fine mesh – then maybe … just maybe … my cunning plan will work and we will have carrots to eat!

These seeds have come out of packets with pictures on – I don’t expect for one moment my produce to look like this – I wish the seed suppliers wouldn’t put pictures on the packets – but I totally understand why they do. Have your radish EVER looked so uniform? so shiny red on the outside? so crisply white in the middle? – mine haven’t!

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Vegetable Seeds have Arrived

My vegetable seeds have arrived which is very exciting. For those of you that live in the UK – this year I got the whole lot from Nickys Nursery. I got some veg seeds and Herb seeds from her last year and was very pleased with the results.

This year she was stocking all the specific varieties that I wanted.

This year I am trying for the first time –

Beetroot Albina Ice – This is a white beetroot. I am not sure that I can get my head around a white beetroot, but we enjoy “Burpees Golden” – so we shall give it go!

Other new to me varieties include:-

Aubergine Fairy Tale,

Chilli Pepper Black Pearl, and

Cauliflower Sunset – so if all these grow – our veg patch is going to be a very colourful place to be.

Nickys Nursery Seeds do not come with full colour pictures on the packets – (another reason why I like them – no pressure to live up to a picture of amazing looking, perfect veg) – so rather than show you several packets of foil wrapped seeds – instead you get to see where I walked to-day.

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It is very beautiful – there was so much water in the river from all the rain we have had over the past few days that the noise was deafening.

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It is also quite steep – beats going to a gym any day

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