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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Weather

I haven't done a great deal over the last week as I just don't seem to be able to muster any enthusiasm for anything at the moment. I have such good intensions but they seem to wither by the hour. The windy weather hasn't helped. Every time I take Bertie out for a walk I come back looking and feeling  like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards. Our weather system in the UK is certainly bazaar, I know its as a result of where we are geographically located on the earth surface but the fact we seem to be able to go from 30 to 15 degrees beats me. We've had a couple of showers since the weather broke and lots of rumbling thunder but the water butts remain empty. 
Small greenhouse
The garden has been my saving grace and I have spent a few hours here and there repotting  the tomatoes, tending the veggies and keeping everything watered.  It was so windy yesterday I had to enlist the help of hubby to try and build a adhoc greenhouse to shield some of  the other pepper and tomato plants. You may recall my original plastic greenhouse never arrived after waiting 8 weeks and the company gave me a refund. I did mange to get one from QD store the day they reopened but its no where near big enough.  
Baby cucumber

I was really chuffed to pick my first lot of dwarf beans and courgette. The courgette was a little plump because I hadn't spotted it but it was promptly made into fritters that tasted delicious topped with cheddar cheese. Plus I found the first cucumber forming on one of the plants planted in the garden and not in the greenhouse. I'm hoping this is the start of good things to come. 

Lettuce has been in abundance, I'm not picking the whole lettuce just the leaves from around the outside. The first lot of beetroot have really grown but I can't see the any beet forming yet. They are cylindrical so I don't want to disturb the earth to look. I've sown more lettuce, beetroot and carrots. I can't wait to be eating lots more from the garden.
 

Today I've been batch cooking meals for the rest of the week. The oven will go on later with ready prepared lasagne, cottage pie and roasted veg. Another portion of bolognese is in the freezer. And an additional portion of the cottage pie minus the potato topping is in the fridge ready  to make into a cobbler. This prep will enable me to get outside to help hubby in an attempt to get  the decking completed. I do all the donkey work for him, fetching, carrying, painting and of course on site catering! How is your garden growing? Back soon. Tx

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  1. Your produce looks great!
    The allotment is providing the majority of ingredients for almost every meal now, and I've just used the last of 2019's soft fruit in jam to make space in the freezer for this years's excess. The bushes are laden with red, black and white currants and gooseberries, and the blackberry and raspberries will provide fruits later in the season. It's been raining here for days on end, but we'll really have to check the plots this evening.

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    1. Our gooseberries and blackcurrants are rubbish. Raspberries ok, rhubarb finally producing. Just too dry.

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    2. Wow Scarlet you sound like you're having a perfect season. My garden is still very much in the planning stage but I'm trying to put food on the table at the same time.

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    3. DC like you it's been very dry. It's a labour of love to water late every night.

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  2. Sounds like you have done lots despite not feeling it. I hate the wind too and have the same through a hedge backwards feeling. Drizzling now but at least the garden is happy. B x

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    1. Your garden is amazing. Mine will always be a garden that has to produce and cater for a dog, who loves digging where he shouldn't.

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  3. Not as well as yours but picked 6 beans today, more to come.

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    1. I've been using the soak in kitchen towel method for the seed bean. They go into compost for a short time then into the ground. It definitely shortens the germination period.

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  4. How lovely to be rewarded for your efforts in the garden, and well done on the batch cooking it saves time and money. xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene. It's so rewarding once you start to see the fruits of your labour.

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  6. It looks absolutely fantastic, your garden, and all the produce no and in future weeks will taste so very good. It cheers the heart, doesn't it?
    xx

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    1. It really does cheer the heart when you see the produce. I never tire of seeing those small seedlings grow and produce.

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  7. Batch cooking makes so much sense doesn't it. It takes hardly any effort when you are in the mood. I picked up a marrow plant from the garden centre at the weekend but intend to eat them at courgette size if Mr Squirrel leaves them alone

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    1. I often batch cook, it utilises the oven and my time. Plus I picked up a kilo pack of yellow Sticker 5% steak mince.

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  8. It's reassuring to me to see other people saying they don't have much oomph 'cos I was like that this weekend. Either way, you certainly achieved a lot! And I have the same greenhouse (2 actually) but don't you have a problem with the wind (not you personally, the greenhouses). Mine weren't particularly stable in a strong wind!

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    1. We have some very heavy bricks we dismantled from a step that was outside the french doors. There are a couple of those strapped to the bottom to stop it blowing away.

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  9. What abundance of lettuce! I wish I had planted some apart from the plants I rescued from school and one my neighbour gave me. My beans are being very slow to flower so I HOPE I get some beans this year as I got very few last year! MMM, courgette fritters are amazing!

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    1. The living lettuce tubs they do in supermarkets is a good substitute. Break the individual lettuce up and plant out.

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  10. I had to chuckle at your wind experience. Here on the prairie in Nebraska USA, the wind rarely stops. I'm used to it. But it does make for some interesting hair days. Gardens: I picked my first tomatoes today!! This is the earliest I've ever done that. I can't take all the credit as these 2 plants were purchased with small fruit already started on them. But Most of my 9 plants are setting on fruit. I also harvested a bit of basil. The zucchini (courgette to you?) in the planter are setting on little ones. In the garden plot the potatoes are blooming and growing. The onions look good. I planted beets in pots with the peppers. None of the potted plants (flowers or veg) are doing too well. I made the mistake of listening to a friend and purchased the cheap potting soil. None of the plants are happy and mostly just sitting there. I have on my shopping list to get some Miracle-Gro fertilizer.
    Praying for rain as it's been very dry here. Hot & humid, which the corn likes but people don't.
    Until next time.

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    1. I'm praying for rain too. I'm well jealous of your crops. I started a bit late, then we had hot days cold nights. Lots of stuff stalled or died. But I'm not deterred as anything home grown is better than nothing.

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  11. I had wanted to get out and do a bit of weeding but along with the wind we are getting rain.

    Harvesting already!! You are very lucky.

    God bless.

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    1. No rain to speak of but considering what unusual weather we've had I'm glad I've got something.

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  14. Your little greenhouse on that half circle of paving stones has given me an idea. If I do manage to buy the house I have my eyes on, the whole of the little back garden is paved and gravelled over and there is a paving circle in the middle. I think I would copy your idea and use it in two halves somewhere in the garden instead of getting rid as I first thought. First I have to sell this house and get that one though. Oh well at least you've given me an idea.

    Our weather has been weird hasn't it, so hot and then so chilly all in the space on one night. The winds yesterday were whistling up the valley.

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    1. Hubby wanted to throw it but I hate waste. It's a handy surface for pots and can be located to another part of the garden quite easily. Fingers crossed for a quick sale so you get get yourself a little house you can call home. Tx

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  15. I think that a lot of us are not feeling very energetic at the moment. You are not the only one : )

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    1. I know it's a bit of depression too. Hopefully it will go soon.

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  16. Our gardens have felt more like sanctuaries recently and yours is definitely proving it's worth in more ways than one. I'm hoping to harvest some beetroot in the next few weeks. X

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