So, what's been going on since last month? Well quite a lot!
Operation Picket Fence has been completed. Which was fabulous!
The new hedge is also in now. We've been watering it every day, since we seem to be having absolutely no rain at all right now. That's pretty unusual for this time of year.
So here it is! Our teeny, tiny hedge. It's fast growing though and as long as I trim it properly it'll thicken up. It'll be interesting to see how much it grows each month.
In the Greenhouse
The overall look - it probably looks less full that it did last month, because a lot of the seed trays are out and the seedlings have been planted in the veggie garden.
But, you can probably see how much the chillies have grown.
I found these as tiny self seeded chillies under the habanero. I assume they'll be habaneros from seeds that will have been left behind from one of the chillies last year. I rescued a few of them and bunged them in pots. The biggest one has doubled in size in a week!
Finally some success on the cucumber front. Every year I say it's going to be my last of growing cucumbers. They never do well in my garde, however here I go again!
This is a wee yellow cherry I planted from seed a few weeks ago. It's growing like a weed
And! yes! Ripe tomatoes.We've been eating tomatoes from the greenhouse regularly for the last 2 weeks. I'm amazed! I did wonder if they would have a good taste to them, since they've been growing over winter, but they are the sweetest, tomatoey tomatoes ever!
These are the Oregon Spring - which I got specifically to grow over winter.
This, however, is a moneymaker. I took a lateral off one of last seasons plants, just before I dug them out. It's in a pot and has grown steadily all winter. It was only a couple of weeks behind the ones that are supposed to do well in colder temperatures, and the tomatoes are much bigger. It's covered in large red tomatoes, which is somewhat of a surprise to me! And they taste amazing.
This year, I'm experimenting with growing my aubergines in the greenhouse. I always feel that the season isn't quite long enough for them in the garden. usually they would still be months away from having any flowers on them. I'm really hopeful this experiment will be a good one.
And the chillies! Wow. All of last years chilli plants were cut down a few weeks ago. but already they are growing tall and strong. All of the different varieties have flowers on them already.
This is a sudra
And finally! A luffah germinated. I planted about 10 seeds. This is my only plant. Which is a little disappointing. But last time I grew a luffah I only had one and it spread for miles!
Have I mentioned how much I love my greenhouse!!
The Veggie Garden
Things are beginning to take shape. The seedlings from the Greenhouse are doing well. The seeds I planted straight into the ground - not so good! There is still no sign of any rocket, lettuces, or the sweetcorn from seed.
The bean bed is doing well! Dwarf butter beans in the middle, and snake beans on the bamboo. There are also a few beetroots in front of one of the bean pyramids. I don't like beetroot at all, I think it tastes like mud. But Lloyd likes them. I planted the pretty ones that are stripey.
Close up of the lovely butter beans.
Cavallo Nero - again for Lloyd - or the chickens!
A wee mesculin mix - got a few of these
A little, out of focus, courgette.
And!! OUTSIDE tomatoes! Just shows what having a greenhouse to start them in does. Usually I wouldnt have tomatoes until December. (I checked and last your our first one was 17th December)
Still looking very empty, though.
We've still got some peas, globe artichokes, lots of asparagus and potatoes being eaten now.
I've planted a lot of sweetcorn. Some directly into the soil in seed form, and some that I have bought as seedlings from one of the lovely garden centres in town. So there's a real variety. Lloyd and I prefer the sweet ones.
And the courgette that was in the greenhouse is now in the veggie garden. Already we've had one courgette.
Other stuff around the place.
The poppies are beginning to come out. And they're so pretty.
I've also got a lot of daisies. Pink ones and white ones. It's unfortunate that the white ones smell like sweaty socks!
My wee sewing shed, The Pip is in the apple orchard. It's looking very pretty in there right now, with a mixture of leaves and blossom.
More blossom - the avocado orchard is awash with blossom this year. You just have to stand close by and all you can hear is the buzzing of hundreds of bees, working away.
The first roses are blooming. I was a bit lax last year and didn't prune them at the end of the season. Also in my rose bed were some dwarf frangipanis (since removed!) they had completely taken over and were smothering the roses. Some of them were not happy campers. Now that have lots of space and light.
This is the pompom tree ( or snowball tree!) I can't remember what it's really called. We only planted this a couple of years ago and it was a twig. I think it's at its best this time of year- when it's covered in white pompoms!
It still looks nice, even when it's a little past it and the blossom are all over the ground.
We've also been getting on with all the rather boring, everyday tasks that crop up when you live in an old wooden house. There's been some painting of new wood, which replaced some rotting wood in the wall of the house.
And some repair work to the front steps. Any day we were going to put a foot right through them!!
So, everything is looking rather lovely. I do love this time of year. Best thing about the garden is how amazing it smells!
They seem very happy!
Keeping on top of the weeds in the veggie garden, this is peak growing time.
Mowing lawns. Our neighbour is very ill so Lloyd and I have been doing their lawns and our own. It's nice to be able to help them. That's about 8 hours of mowing to do both! TBH I'm rather grateful that it hasn't rained for a while! it's slowed the grass down.
Probably planting more sweetcorn
watering the new hedge!
and just all the usual stuff.
We do have one exciting thing, though! Alpaca shearing! It's a big, hard job, so when it's all done everyone involved will be sitting down to home made pizzas. Better fire up the pizza oven!