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Lurking Gherkins

 

It’s been a while since I got out in the garden and did some planting, but since the weather has been uncommonly good over the last few weeks, I managed to get some tomatoes and gherkins/cucumbers on the go.  I’m not sure what kind of gherkins/cucumbers I’ve planted, since they were from hand-me-down seeds from my Sockymum, but they seem quite exciting all the same.  I’ve transferred them from the greenhouse and they’re coping well outside in the garden.  I was a little worried that they’d get munched by the local bugs and slugs, but so far they’re surviving.  The tomatoes haven’t shown as much enthusiasm, but it’s early days.  Once the gherkins/cucumbers are a little larger (they’re about 3 inches at present) then I’ll probably start picking and pickling them.  I’ve still got a good stock pile of jars from the last time I made chutney, so they’ll be reutilised.  I’m not actually a huge fan of gherkins, but home grown produce always tastes better then shop bought stuff, so maybe I might even develop a liking for the little green things.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Gardening, Outdoors

 

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Greenery

I haven’t done anywhere near as much gardening this year as I did last year. The weather in particular has been terrible, lots of rain and very little sunshine. As such, it just hasn’t felt enjoyable being outside for much of the time. It’s hard to motivate yourself to get your gloves on and get covered in soil on the best of days.

Now that warmer and brighter weather has finally descended on England I’ve been venturing into the greenhouse a bit more often. I have some tomatoes that are coming along nicely, my first tiny little ‘tom’ was spotted dangling from a vine this morning. I’ve also got some cucumbers that seem to be looking quite healthy, which is good.

My herb garden isn’t doing too badly either. I have some dill and parsley that are doing well and a little bit of thyme also. It might be getting late in the year to be sticking things in the in the ground but getting something growing is better than nothing.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Socks

 

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Going Green Again

Last year was my first attempt at growing vegetables in a greenhouse. It was mostly a success, my lettuce and Spring onions came out very well. My tomatoes and gherkins didn’t. Not to be put off, I will be clearing out the greenhouse and starting again soon. Once I’ve stocked up on grow bags and fertiliser I’ll try again with some chilli peppers and some green and leafy salad veg. My biggest success last year was my herb garden, so I’ll be reseeding that too. The novelty of cooking with fresh herbs will take a long time to wear off.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Socks

 

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The Garden Calls

As Winter slowly fades and Spring will surely follow, my garden will be calling to me shortly. Whilst it’s still cold outside (it’s not that long since we had snow) the hours of daylight are increasing and my greenhouse will need to be cleaned out. I can probably put it off for a little longer but soon I’ll have to knuckle down to it.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Socks

 

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Turbo Snails

The greenhouse was full of snails this morning. Ew! Dozens of the slimey blighters were climbing up the glass of the interior. Totally unnecessary. Still, could have been worse – at least it wasn’t frogs.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Socks

 

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There Goes The Sun

Now that we’re almost into October, the weather is a lot colder and things in the garden are starting to wilt. The water melons are a write off (always a bit of a long shot) and have shrivelled up. What’s left is now a spider house as the dried up stems seem to be a convenient place to weave webs. On the plus side, I’ve still got radishes and tomatoes that are looking healthy so there’s a few more edible things that are surviving the changing temperature. I would also have expected my chilli peppers to have been wiped out by the cold but they’re flowering nicely. Not sure if I’ll get any actual peppers from there but hope springs eternal etc.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Socks

 

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Spuds–U–Like

After a (mostly) warm summer, there’s been a mixture of successes and failures in the greenhouse.  Successes include, my potatoes and spring onion – which both turned out very well.  On the flip side, my gherkins dried up after a particularly hot day and never really looked like they could be revitalised.  The herb garden has also continued to be a success and has been tucked into plenty of times for salads and such like. 

Growing very enthusiastically are my watermelons – no idea what I’m going to do with these if they start to bear fruit, but they’ve reached the flowering stage so I should really read up on these…  I’ve also hung my gourds over a trellis, which has given them a second lease of life (they looked a bit droopy at one point) and there should be plenty of the things ready for turning into decorations by the time Halloween rolls around. 

Speaking of darker months, September is just around the corner, so I’m sure there must be something I should be doing to prepare myself (not that I want to give the impression that I’m a haphazard gardener or anything…)  However, since this is my first year growing veg I’d be happy with anything that I could actually grow, so if I can pull anything out of the ground before Winter strikes, it’ll be a bonus.

MySpuds

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Gardening, Inspiration, Outdoors

 

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