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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

its gardening time again 

If you take a look at our flickr photostream you can see we are back into the swing of gardening again.

Last year was a bit hectic with moving house, bad weather, cricket and lots of visitors so we did really get as much out of the garden as we could have done. This year, weather permitting, we should be able to enjoy it and enjoy the fruits of our labours.

So far in the veggie patch there are:

  • Salad leaves of various sorts
  • Rocket
  • Chard
  • Perpetual Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spuds
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Beans
  • Courgettes

The soft fruit list isnt bad:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackcurrants

In the greenhouses there are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Chilli Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Ginger
  • Lemon Grass

Then for herbs we have:

  • Thyme, 3 or 4 sorts
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Chives
  • Sage

So all in all not a bad crop if it all works out.

The flower garden is coming on great guns too. We have planted about 1800 bulbs or so over the last 2 years and a good percentage of them seem to be ok. The tulips are looking great and the aliums will be out soon too. Hopefully this year some of the perennials we grew from seed will be doing better. Hollyhocks and stuff like that. Also this year we have decided to have a real go at the "patio" area with hanging baskets and containers all over the place. Watch this space and flickr for more.

The best thing about the gardening is its totally relaxing. Even when I am working hard digging or something like that I feel totally relaxed. Its also having a sense of that its ours. Living in the school takes that away from us to some extent. We know the flat isn't really ours no matter what we do to it but no one wanted our garden before we started and no one thought it was possible to do anything with it. We have turned it from a patch of head high weeds to a "little oasis" as Sarah was saying the other day. There is no finer pleasure than looking at something beautiful and saying "I made that" apart perhaps from eating a great meal that you have cooked yourself made with ingredients you have grown yourself.

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