So, for the grand total of just over $100 ( which I thought was spectacular value) and a lot of shovelling, the beds are looking great.
I havent planted everything out yet. I still have some incredibly tiny tomato seedlings, a couple of aubergines and all the chillis in the potting shed. But they won't be there much longer, because I am getting a greenhouse! It's my treat.
Why am I getting a treat?
Well, we've sold the dental practice.
Lloyd and R will still be working there, but as employees rather than business owners. The stresses of running a business will be gone ( and yes, there are many, many stresses) So it's a huge relief all round.
All I will say is it's been an incredibly stressful time and leave it at that. Maybe one day Lloyd will write a book about it.
So back to the greenhouse!
It's not a lovely cottagy wooden framed one with pretty glass windows - they are on the expensive side, it is an aluminium frame thing. But I'll do my best to pretty it up. It's been ordered and should arrive sometime next week. We've persuaded a friend to help us build it. I am super excited!
But, I do have a lot of things coming on beautifully in the garden. I even have 2 teeny tiny tomatoes!
There are a couple of courgettes, a yellow one and a green one, these will be total overkill as usually we can't even keep up with one! But I like both colours, they're pretty.
Lots of spring onions you can never have enough!
The sweetcorn is doing great - despite the fact that Abagail, the chicken, got in and pulled some of them out. I stuck them back in again and they're fine! Again, something we can't have too much of, we eat every single one.
And the 2 tiny tomatoes I mentioned. How cute. As usual I have planted an obscene amount of tomatoes. All sorts of different ones. Some are new to me - bloody butcher, which I've heard very good things about, a rainbow one - which looks like a pink brandywine, some romas...and all my old favourites, sun cherries, black krims, black cherries, moneymakers, sweet 100.
There are also peas, cucumbers, garlic, asparagus still coming up, potatoes, Maori potatoes, broad beans, the herb garden, lettuces and cauliflowers.
A few years back I bought some wild flower seeds. They came up beautifully the first year, but after that it seems that only the poppies come up time and time again. They're gorgeous though, and there's a wee corner in the veggie garden where there's almost always some. They're great, cos not only do they look pretty, but they attract lots of bees.
And finally this! I know it's all out of focus, but what a wee cutie Brodie is. I know he needs a trim. Soon he'll be getting too hot, but he looks so sweet.
I'd also like to thank all the people that bought Lloyd's book on kindle and those that would like a hard copy once that's available. It's been so lovely for him. I read out your comments and he beams!
So thank you all.