What a Lovely Surprise !

I have been a gardener for many years,even before new technology brought the World Wide Web to my armchair. But over the last few years I have learned how to surf, google, and find gardening websites. It has opened a whole new world of  friends to me, especially because we have something in common. It is also nice to swap tips, ideas and advice with like-minded people. But the best of all are the friendships I have made. I believe that gardeners worldwide are the nicest bunch of people ever !

A dear gardening friend on a U.S. Garden Site,who seemed to “click” with me has just sent me the nicest box of fairy figurines for my fairy garden ! I cannot believe her genorosity and kindness to me…

 

 

Thank you so much,Bonnie. Now she will be always in my garden as well as my heart  🙂  I will now have to rearrange my fairy garden,having rushed out yesterday to weed and find what was in there already. Although, because of the special significance of the origin of these little dears, I was thinking of keeping them out back in my rockery where I would see them every evening while sitting and watching the sun set.

Everything in my veggie garden seems to love the weather we are having now, warmth and rain. Plants are shooting up every day and we are eating the fruits and veggies of our labor. Tomato plants are baring little fruits now and I can’t wait for that first taste again..

 

 

These are beefsteaks and I also have red and yellow cherrys,moneymaker,trailing pearl. I saved most of them from last years seeds.

Romanesco broccoli surprised me,I was away at my daughter’s for 2 days and came home to this…Yummy..!

 

 

The courgettes/zuchini are producing little ‘uns at an alarming rate. With 2 plants in the tunnel and 4 more outside,if anyone is coming to Cork in the near future please call for free samples..LOL!

 

They will soon be covering my row of Lettuces and Carrots…..why did I think I would have room for them in the tunnel ? 

 

 

I took out the broad beans and replaced them with some of the outside strawberries. I had netted from birds and pelleted from slugs, but I forgot that ants just LOVE strawberries too. They had eaten some of my biggest ones down to the core 😦 So now they also have collars on them in the hope of a few nice juicy ones without holes !

 

 

My outside cauliflowers and peas seem to be doing very well and not a hole or slug damage in sight…YET..!

 

 

These are my 2 brassica beds between the two tunnels. You can see my “new” compost bin made from old pallets in the background. I have savoy cabbage plants bought from the local garden centre, but I really think most of them look more like kale !

 

 

One last look down to the veggie garden from Nana and Grandad’s  Secret Garden…

 

Thank you for calling to see my garden and veggies, Happy Gardening to All 🙂

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What Can I Say ?!?

Well…..what CAN I say ? I am just a procrastinator ! I have been putting off posting, or rather saying I will do it tomorrow. But I have made it here this evening eventually..LOL!

Since last month’s bad weather and then the turn to warm, gardening friendly …..dare I say IT…..? SUN !!  I have been sowing,planting and watching all the beautiful growth in the garden.

What with the warmth and the rain it was ideal conditions for the plants, but the growth was so fast, it took me by surprise and I had to rearrange beds for new arrivals. As plants grew, so did the weeds, so double work followed me everywhere.

We really did think that “Summer” had come at last. It did too…for 1 week…..remember ? 

Anyway, since my last post, if I can remember back that long ago, we have been harvesting and eating some of our veggies that had become dormant over the winter months.

The tunnel broad beans have been supplying us every second day for weeks. I pinched out the tops as I noticed new shoots were starting to grow from the roots. But as there is only so many beans one can eat in a week, they have become large  pods and taste bitter to me now. I have had my fill of broad beans and probably will give them a skip next year.

 

This one strawberry plant in the tunnel, I surrounded with a cut down milk carton and kept the dreaded slugs away and we got a nice few fruits, but a little more bitter than my tall tub of strawberries in our old hothouse.

 

 

 

I dug out the tunnel spuds because their stalks were so tall they were falling into other beds. I did have a “rummage” down below before digging them out to make sure there actually was something there and I was pleasantly surprised….we had a few dinners and with the smallies I made potato salad with my own chives , I love potato salad !

 

I found a place to get recycled pallets!!!!!!

This is my “New” coldframe….I walk past our local lawnmower shop every day now that I don’t have a car ;( and saw loads of pallets just leaning against their wall……In I go on the pretence of asking how much to fix a chainsaw 😉 and by the way Mr.Lawnmower Man…what do you do with all them pallets…..he said they try to find people to take them……EUREEEEKA !!!  I said I would be delighted to take them off your hands……so next delivery day at lawnmower shop, Hey Presto…..big truck outside my door with huge pallets….you all know how big those ride-ons are 🙂

Now I am his best non-paying customer….! He has even given me some of his old skirting boards from his house renovations! New beds…..new fences and soon..new compost bin. I just have to persuade Hubby to get his hammer and nails now!

Ooooh the first taste of those baby carrots….mmmm!

 

 

These I just broadcast in a raised bed in the tunnel and we have been eating these sweet babies most days for ages too, I never get fed up of carrots:)

 

Like peas in a pod….on average I got 8/9 peas in every pod…well peased..LOL!

But they did succumb to greenfly eventually, I guess it was my own fault for setting much to close together. But I have loads in the freezer 😉

On the 25th of May, this was the temp in my tunnel…

 

And that was with both doors open!!!

My young fella, Rossi, also has a bed in the “Sheebeen” and loves his sun spot !

He has his chain leash on to stop him jumping all over my plants while he is chasing flies, not because I am cruel…LOL!

We…Me, Hubby and Rossi had some pleasant evening sunsets in our garden..

Through the “Sheebeen” door….

 

Sitting with a nice glass of white wine spritzer at sunset……Bliss!

I have much more to show, but will stop for now. I will solemnly promise to TRY and post updates more frequently, but I also do not want to bore you all with my auld Irish ramblings 😉

Happy Gardening whatever the weather throws at us. We gardeners WILL survive 🙂

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