What’s going on in the greenhouse in May?

It’s all coming along nicely, so far!

Flowers

Marigolds – I have grown these from seed to use as companion plants to the tomatoes. They appear to keep the bugs away so I will carry on doing it.

Love in a Mist – I grew some purple ones last year and as they are annuals I have grown some more. They germinate easily and look nice at the front of the border

Rudbeckia – I decided to have a go at a really bright colourful variety but unfortunately not many have germinated.

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Alyssum

When we were in Spain, there were loads of these in the beachside board walk beds. I didn’t realise how lovely they smell, so I have sown some pink and white ones for the front of the pink/blue border.

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Cosmos – these always look good and last throughout the summer. These are pink to go in my pink/blue border.

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Herbs

Basil – we love basil so I grow a lot for the scent, the flowers and to use in pesto and salads.

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Coriander – i fins that coriander bolts quickly do i he decided to grow successively in trays and use it whilst it’s young  and small, like a micro herb.

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Fennel – I love seeing tall fennel in flower borders, so have decided to try and grow some for the flowers and for cooking.

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Parsely

Use parsley a fair bit so always try to grow some. It does also bolt if it gets dry but I will give it a go anyway.

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Vegetables

Lettuce

We are trying a bit of an experiment with lettuce. Our dentist is a very keen gardener and he grows them in the greenhouse rather than outside. That way they don’t get eaten by the birds or slugs. So far, it’s a success, we snip off the leaves we want as we want them. I will sow some more over the next few weeks so we have a succession.

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Tomatoes – this year I am growing Alicante, a tried and tested variety. They all germinated and I have potted some up but have lots left to either give away or plant outside.

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Aubergines – the 3 organic aubergine plants I bought, are looking really healthy. I really hope they perform. I have potted  them on a couple of times but they are not yet in their final pots.

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Sweet Peppers – the 3 organic plants I ordered arrived last week. I have potted them on to develop before putting them in their final post in the greenhouse.

Butternut Squash

We’ve grown these for the past couple of years. We don’t get a huge crop but the ones we do get are very sweet and buttery. All the seeds germinated and are growing well. We’ll wait until the plants are about 6 inches tall before we plant them outside in bags against a warm wall.

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Saturday Morning Musings

Not sure what to do today? I have several ideas going round my head :

  • Make a ginger cake for Mark and try out a GF version
  • Plant some bulbs
  • Ironing
  • Cut out a dressing gown for granddaughter Nell 
  • Tidy the greenhouse
  • Write pieces for future blogs 

As its now started to rain, maybe I won’t plant the bulbs – although I could plant the ones that are going in pots as I could do this in the greenhouse.

Well I have have given myself 45 mins to write and then I want to get on with something instead of thinking about it. 

The ginger cake has won so that what’ll I’ll start with today. Then I will do some of the bulbs. 

I’ll let you know how I’ve got on! 

My Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I’m a ‘young at heart’ retiree who gets a kick out of doing all sorts of ‘making’ and ‘creating’.This includes cooking, dressmaking, gardening and making home made gifts.  I have always had a creative streak but haven’t always had the time to indulge myself and see my ideas through.

I retired from work in May 2017 just after turning 60. I always thought I would enjoy my work and continue until I was 66,  but gradually I had a change of heart. I decided to find a way to completely stop working and to stop being tired, stressed and tense all the time. I didn’t mind being 40 or 50 something but 60 was different. It seemed very old indeed. I have already decided that I am going to live to 100 years old which means I have another 40 years to live, so I had better get on with making the most of it!

So now I finally have the time to spend my days doing things I really enjoy. I get a silly amount of pleasure from being able to produce something lovely, which, in most cases, is less expensive and nicer than shop bought stuff.

I live with my partner Mark and Mollie our 2 year old cockapoo. They are both forced to try out my recipes – successes and failures. I won’t be making the brownies made out of sweet potato again!

I decided to start writing a blog to share my ideas and to be part of the growing online community . I have found so many good ideas from other people on websites such as Pinterest,  I figured that some of my own creations and ideas may be interesting for others to see, read about and copy. My idea is to share :

  • gluten free recipes
  • my capsule wardrobe outfits
  • updates on our small vegetable garden
  • plans and progress on our new woodland garden
  • home organisation tips and tricks
  • sewing projects
  • handmade toiletries and gift ideas
  • how I’m going to live to 100!

 

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