Garden diary Mid May

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Because of inclement weather and not much going on in the garden photo-opwise I've been storing up my gardening diary for this week as I would hate to bore the tits off everyone with my tales about weeding (day 1 and the sun came out for once).
Hedge cutting commenced - tick.

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But then I saw @adetorrent's post about 'alleged' fox poop and hacking at a hedge with hacksaw and boltcutter. I wasn't sure if he was being comical or serious so assumed the former. I too had been hacking at my overgrown bush on day 2 which was also SUNNY yay. But no comedic value here just a massive pile of trimmings which I may save for a bonfire. Here are my proper (but cheap) hedge trimming arsenal of tools -

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Day 3 I tried to get more organized by making a schindlers list of things to do ranging from urgent to mundane. Actually thats a lie coz everything is urgent at this point as nature is having a party out there what with all the sun AND rain.

I'd got 2/3 of the weeding done in the 'herb garden' and realised this was going to be a 2 yearly job unless I don't sort it out, so I ordered 50m of weed barrier (just for paths). I've also decided to make a little design change to the layout so weeding has finished there for now. I can't implement the change until the winter crops are finished tho.
BEFORE
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AFTER

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I'm leaving the rampant strawberries for now which have scrambled all over the path and seem very happy. I'll replant them after harvest.
Also a new plant has emerged which I didn't put there and is beautiful. Anyone know what it is?? My guess was nicotiana of some kind?

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I had filled my garden bag to the brim again and there was no more room in the compost bin so I thought I'd extend it a bit to make more room using some old doors I've been saving for just that. I'm not forking out on good wood for a compost bin or bothering to make it pretty/sturdy even so it's pretty ridiculous looking but I don't care. Sporadic rain kept interrupting the building work tho.

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Someone mentioned that my compost shouldn't take 2 years to be ready but I neglected to mention this is a 'dirty compost' bin. Everything goes in it including perennials and creepers/seeds so yes it does take 2 years but I can start collecting from the bottom now.
Addition to my list is a clean compost bin within easy distance of the kitchen.

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Next day the rain got serious and even stormy. Love a bit of thunder. I especially love playing in the tunnel when it's raining. Nothing like the sound of rain on plastic for reminding me of happy holidays camping in Scotland.
Seeing how many weeds are shooting up I'm now sorry I didn't put a layer of cardboard down before putting the topsoil in. I will have to sort that in the Autumn now. Lesson learned.

I've also started clearing around the new 'pea-bed' ready to lay the weed barrier using my short scythe blade (for undergrowth). Don't know if I'll ever get this under enough control to wield my long scythe, sigh. The grass cuttings will go on top of the potato heugel when it's dried out or when the sun comes out again. Can't wait for this to look nice and tidy.

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Peas and carrots and beans are all coming up nicely and I've had to put a couple of CD's up to scare the naughty baby carrot eating birds - but still no sign of sweetcorn. What is it doing down there??

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Lot's of patience seems to be the order of the day (or weeks) being a gardener.
Here's those naughty strawberries-

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Meanwhile indoors and in the fridge is lurking my walnut experiment but that's for another blog........



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Composting can take a long time if you have a lot of branches. I love in a sunny country so it takes a lot less time to compost everything. I remember once I added groundnut rut to the compost and it took a long time to decompose.


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True. I need to organize my compost better. So much to do.
I have lots of wood cuttings piling up but will use them for huegel style raised beds.


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Wow that’s looking great

bore the tits off everyone with my tales about weeding

Haha, you couldn't bore us if you tried. Good to see you have been making headway, prick of a job. The weed matting should make a difference. Who knew sun and rain could make things grow madly, it always takes me by surprise. Sometimes gardening is 90 percent tidying up, 5 percent planting and 5 percent having a beer and looking at it going: aint I the boss!

Nothing like the sound of rain on plastic for reminding me of happy holidays camping in Scotland.

Haha omg this made me laugh, that's my experience of camping in the UK. Rain, mud and of course midgies. But I love being in the polytunnel in the rain too.

Strawberries are pretty even when they go rogue. I have a stash of pine mulch ready to sort my patch out, they are looking awful.

Great post, loved it.


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aww thankyou so much. I intend to keep my garden diary a 'warts n all' style. Nothing worse than those youtube tales of perfect gardens all the time. I can dream tho.


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Thanx me plant-loving chum


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🌱🥦🌻💚


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A great read! You've got the processin motion on the page. Really enjoyed this one.

Those doors are so beautiful, you'll have the prettiest compost heap on the blockchain. You could landscape around that thing, some hollyhocks and whatever the white flower is.


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True, I've been looking at flowers this week and almost bought some hollyhock seeds. I've been so concentrated on food and I do feel some flowers will be great next year. I like the cottage garden look so would go for that.
I also found this which peaked my interest A LOT!! Might give t a go with the ugly bath I didn't know what to do with.

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Oh wow thats amazing! I didn't start with flowers til I got the bulk of the infrastructure and edibles in, but now I'm loving adding the colour.


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Good to know I'm on the right track then, thanx x


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Wow look at all those real, appropriate tools !!! 😀

Don't worry I always steal my good scissors for gardening when I told everyone that no one can use my good scissors outside.


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what an excellent idea. I have some 'good scissors' too. Hmmmm


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lol

You like? The electric hedge cutter looks fancy but man it is a bugger to use. frankly I thought it would have given up the ghost sitting in the shed for a year but surprisingly it works a treat still. Can't use it too often or I'll end up with 'man arms'.
I recommend the little mini saw from Lidl for your job.

That’s another thing I need - a shed. Damn Terra Luna stole my budget 😭😭

Lol

One of my fave Hive stories was a garden guy in South America that used his earnings to buy two spades. That warmed my heart so much.


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just get one thing at a time when u need it and soon you'll be kitted up to the hilt.


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