Posts Tagged ‘veg garden’

Good Day in the Garden

Good day in my own garden to-day.

I trimmed the Laurel hedge.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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

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