Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Seeding for the future

Are you a gardener, want to try your own produce, even if its only a few herbs or a pack of mixed lettuce, the taste is so much better, and cretainly worth the thought.

Wow!! I cant get my breath, its February tomorrow, it will soon be time for warming up the soil to set some seeds.
I love gardening, and eating the produce, well not the flowers I dont eat those but the chamomile can be used for tea, or in the bath, but I do eat the fruit and veg side of it. Oh I wont use pesticides or chemicals blugh!!! I want my produce as Natural as possible, but there is a downside to that, fighting the slugs lol, and last year did learn me one thing, white fly love greens, well! yep! knew that, I just didn't realise how much.
I'm not a well established gardener, Used to grow pea's and potato's etc when the kids were young, now they are grown up, no swings allowed only my swing seat lol, my dad used to have a great space about 20 x the size of mine, so he helps (advise) me alot, well he hasn't got his garden anymore, his now is smaller than mine, so is limited to what he grows, so loves to come and offer advise :)

So today I have been sorting through my seed packs, but there's a huge problem, my garden's not big enough for the amount of fruit and veg I want to grow :)
Last year there were pots everywhere, apart form growing veg in the little plots in the garden.

There was way to much for my small garden, heres a list of what I had growing,
Potatoes, greenbeans, white Onion, Shallott(sp) Turnip, Swede, Peas, leek, 7 kinds of Tomato's, Beetroot, Carrot, 2 kind of Broccoli, Courgette, 2 kinds of Cabbage, 2 kinds of Couli, Kolrabi, Lettuce, Radish, Spring Onion, Cucumber.
Dwarf Peach Tree, Apple Tree, Plum Tree, Pear Tree. 2 Blueberry bushes, Lemon Tree, 2 Grape trees/bushes, blackcurrent bush and Strawberries.
Mint, Parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, dill, there was another but i've forgotten what it was.
Hmm don't suppose I did to badly, but lost alot of my greens due to the white fly. Anyway this year there will be less certainly no cabbage,broccoli,couli, no potatoes or cougettes and less verieties of Tomato, apart from the white fly some produce takes up to much space for the amount of produce it povided, any extra space will be taken over with shallotts as my lovely sister thinks my pickled onions are beautiful and she has placed an order for as many as I can let her have lol, and I will attempt a kiwi fruit.

If you are just starting out or like me still learning you could find this site very useful, and they have a great recipe section Allotment Gardening Dont worry you dont even need to have an allotment, I have a small garden and you can see what I get in :) All those little pots get put to good use.
I hope if nothing else this gives you the confidance to buy or blag some seeds and get your garden growing. This was my garden early on last year. Wish I had taken photo's later on in the season, but didn't know I would be writing about it on this blog :)
Hope every one has a good february and dont let the chill get to you.
Jax x

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pooch and day 4

Poor little poochy, ok then Scruffy :) has kennel cough, poor little thing, so baby benylin he's been enjoying, I'm surprised how he licks it off the spoon lol, hmmm think he quite likes it, either way it seems to be working, he has hardly coughed today.

He is settling nicely, we just need to get him used to the fact that, ... we can dissapear for am hour here and there without him tearing up my house :(

We had a more peaceful nights sleep last night, when he jumped on the bed, he was put back in his own, this happed several times, I think he got the message in the end, ... or I was just to tired to notice lol.

Here he is doing his settling in bit

He's been a very busy boy watching me work today, which he was very excited about at times, especially when I threw paper into the bin and he took it out again lol, so for the moment at least he's having a well earned rest sat next to my hubby .......... bet you thought those white hairy legs were mine didn't you Lol.
Time for a glass of wine.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy your evening.
Jax x

Friday, 13 January 2012

My new Pooch

Its landed, my new pooch,
as we drove over to my parents house last saturday we passed a rehoming center, well I just had to make hubby turn the car around, and we went inside to look around.
I did see a few dogs and the thought *OH your sweet*, crossed my mind, but nothing to take my heart, till we was on the last few pens , and this tiny paw came through the gap, as if to say "slow down and look at me" a 1-2 yrs old terrier cross.
Well!! I looked and the words "aww hello sruffy" came out of my mouth, he's small and he looked like he had been through a hedge and rolled in muck lol.
Well I just had to have him, we went and took him on a couple of walks and he met one of the grandchildren during the week, ......... then d-day arrived...... we was there with one minute to spare before the gates we opened.
Yey he's mine, now first things first, .... he stunk to high heaven lol ... home and bath, we was supprised, he was pretty good in the bath, and when he got out he shared the water around the bathroom.
Drying time .... Oh what fun that was, he loved it ... rolls around, turns over, sticks his bum in the air lol.
So far so good ... he's settling for now ... we'll just have to see what night time brings.

This is he a gorgeous clean and seemingly happy boy named Scruffy.