Here's some pics
I have lots of pots full of tulips but I get fed up waiting for them to die down so that I can use the pots again for summer bedding. So what I do is, when I get my bulbs in Autumn I plant them up into aquatic baskets. Then I leave them till the pots are empty then just put the filled aquatic basket into the pot and fill in the sides if there are large gaps between the aquatic basket and the sides of the pot. You can see the aquatic pot in the pic on the left. When the tulips are past their best they are simply lifted out and put somewhere out of the way to die down and I have an empty pot to fill with the summer display.Cunning eh.! I also have a spare pot or two behind the greenhouse that I slot into the borders once they are in flower to fill gaps.
I haven't been wasting my time at the allotment either, I have been pushing ahead to try and be more organised and get everthing in place so I know what I'm planting where. I usually plant by instinct, if it feel right, do it, but because I now have a blog and read other peoples I have noticed that some veg bloggers have PLANS! I would love to have a plan, I have tried and I am still trying. It won't work for me but I try.
What I have been doing is sowing, big style. I have sown far too many as per usual, far too many for my small plot. I don't like to throw any away so I'll probably give some to friends and squeeze the rest in somewhere. I think I will sell some at a boot sale someday if a friend would give me a hand (Lynda?) hint hint! I just put that in to check if my friend is reading my blog. Tee Hee! I have emptied 2 huge compost bins and have riddled the good stuff into 27 bags. Changed the soil in the greenhouse ready for the tomatoes and cucumbers, painting seats in the garden and have nearly finished the lottie bench.
So what have I got in the greenhouse, no space, that's what.
Well there was this character just having a look at the lettuce ( a likely tale.) I don't kill them,drown them, poison them or crush them underboot. Why? Because they don't nibble my hostas and I have never lost a seedling to snails ever. Why? see second sentence.
|chervil and spinach|
|sweet million, yellow stuffer, sungold tomatoes|
|baby lettuce, spinach and dill|
I have tried for the first time ever - capillary matting. WOW it's brilliant, why have I never used it before now? I don't need to water all the time when it's really hot, the difference in the root system of the plants is impressive. I lined gro bags trays with the matting and put the trays on the greenhouse staging. It works a treat. I post some pics next time .
On the allotment the new path is done and the mountain of manure has been moved. the carrots are sown and the peas, tatties and broad beans have been planted. I planted strawberries this year for the first time. We'll see how that goes. I need to look for an arch of some kind because I am growing a climbing gourgette and a mini turban climbing squash.
We were going to extend the path to the boundary but I thought it was going to be too handy as a shortcut to others' plots.
I put a fleece barrier around the peas to keep the pigeons off. Pesky pigeons! Although in the garden I have devised a strategy to keep them away from the bird feeders. Another post brewing.
Remember the lily beatles? I gathered them up nearly every day and took them to the beach which is just a 2 minute walk from my house but a long walk for a beetle and I haven't seen any around for about a week. Success. This is where they live now.