Gardening 2014

Some notes to help me next year…

This year I actually remembered to get organised for growing things in the garden. I normally forget until about July by which time it’s too late. This year I tried the following

  • Random flower seed packets
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Strawberries
  • Chillies
  • Tomatoes
  • Sunflowers
  • Onions

I also accidentally grew a great many nasturtium plants which tried taking over the entire garden. Somehow some more have come back.

Of all the plants I tried growing, the chillies and tomatoes are doing the best. The tomatoes didn’t need to be kept in a greenhouse, and the chillies probably don’t either. The beans are doing OK, but the amount of effort required to keep the snails off them and the relatively low yield makes them not worth the effort.

The dog ate all the garlic and made a nest in the strawberry patch so they were a bust. Next year’s strawberries will be better guarded from unexpected pests.

The peas were massacred in a night by snails, as were the sunflowers. The onions did surprisingly well considering I forgot about them and the snails ate all their leaves.

Nothing ate the tomato plant, but I am wary of that thing. It’s all viney and looks slightly sentient, I expect to find the cat tangled in it one morning. Something tried to eat the chilli plant, but then gave up after making a hole in a leaf so maybe next year chillies and tomatoes will be good to plant around the walls where the snails live.

Snails don’t like salt…

There was also some success in growing lavendar and rosemary.

I think next year’s plan will be more tomatoes, more flowers and pots of onions. The strawberries can live over winter in their box but in the spring I’ll thin out some runners and grow them in pots away from the dog.

Used rat bedding makes good growing medium for plants, apart from the uneaten seeds germinating.

A nice mundane Saturday

Today I did some very mundane and traditional weekend things. Me and Amy woke up sometime around 10ish, had bacon, eggs and kippers. Then, after washing up I did some gardening. Later there was a trip to Sainsbury’s followed by a visit to Bradford to see some friends.

Doing this stuff every weekend would bore me stupid, but it’s nice to do ‘normal’ things every so often. It mildly irritates me that I lack the correct tools to neatly trim my hedge. I can do a much better job than what I’ve done.

Pretty Flowers

Earlier this year I decided to try and make the weed-strewn mud behind my house into something more interesting than nettles, bindweed and rosebay willowherb (which I just learnt is edible). So I went to the garden centre and bought a few packets of “meadow flowers”. Being of the opinion that wild flowers are quite able to germinate by themselves, without human intervention I scraped the weeds and glass off my patch of land and threw the seeds on and left them.

The flowers have made good use of the hot, sunny weather and torrential downpours of the past month and there’s a bright riot of colour behind my car. It’s pretty good 🙂