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To Turf Or Not To Turf

Our garden is shocking, the soil quality in our area is pretty poor, but ours has building rubble mixed in. Not great for growing anything (except for those pesky weeds unfortunately) but I do keep trying. Over the years we have dug away some of our soil and binned it in “gardening green bins” so we could replace with better soil, mud, compost or whatever you want to call it. But it is still pretty poor. So poor most of the neighbours have given in and paved, patio’d or decked their gardens over. Not me, I like nature! As we keep chickens, rabbits and a guinea pig we do at least have free manure to add to our compost bins to make it richer, but the biggest issue is the clay that this area is built on. After years of attempting to grow veggies in the flower bed and getting […]


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Jen Gets Muddy #KidsGrowWild 10

This morning I received a big white box from the postman. It was recorded post too, exciting, I had to open it right away of course. This post is my entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge”. I took a photo of the lovely gardening kit before the boys got their mitts on it! It had been raining most of the day, but there was a short sunny spell after cycling home from school. Perfect, I asked the boys to come outside and play. Jen was willing but I couldn’t pry D away from Mathletics on the internet. Yes, still in school uniform. We head outside with the plan being plant the seeds in flower pots and pop them into our recently purchased greenhouse to start these seeds off properly.


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At Last – A Greenhouse! 2

So I love gardening, but gardening does not love me back. I try my best but I often kill plants or the seeds themselves never grow. Well not anymore, I have a greenhouse at last, despite having had a garden of our own for about 7 years. The front garden is the sunny place, but due to the open, unfenced nature of the front we have had to stick it on the patio in the back garden. In the back garden it only gets direct sunlight from dawn until about 2pm but this seems to be enough. It’s never hot in there, but it is much warmer in there than outside next to it. The plan is grow tomatoes and veggies we use often in there according to my partner. But as I’m paying for the greenhouse you’ll see it’s full of my flower pots. All the bulbs in the […]


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A Few Fathers Day Gift Ideas 1

Firstly, I know it is only May but it is time to get thinking about Father’s Day. It will be upon us before we know it. The best plan, as with Mother’s day and Birthdays is to buy early and avoid having to buy a petrol station greetings card and a bunch of scruffy flowers. I often forget important days, which is where the calendar app in my Android is so helpful. This year I am informed it falls on Sunday 16th of June. So stick it in your diaries ladies and jellybeans. Here are a few ideas, in no particular order… A personalised Thanks Dad poster, it is unframed but Wilkos sell cheap frames. Thanks Dad!! Image from paperthemes.co.uk If Dad is a gamer-geek then a new controller might be right up his street. A Tardis coffee mug, “ohhh yes!” Tell him that “It can hold more coffee on […]


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Its Raining, Its Pouring 2

At last, some sensible April weather.It has warmed up to a temperature where I’m no longer shivering. All day it’s been reasonably warm with anything between drizzle to heavy downpours. Occasionally actual sunshine was seen, great stuff. As a gardener I appreciate the wet weather, my rain water butts were almost empty and the beds were just dusty. Of course I’ve been watering my new trees but within an hour or so the top soil was dry as here we have not had rain in weeks. Today I wanted to get outside in my garden and plant my bulbs, but of course, it turned from very faint infrequent drizzle into real rain at the time I was going to get growing. Tomorrow, tomorrow I will turn over the top soil and bury those 70-ish bulbs I bought in Wilkinsons the other day. I’m still planning on having a mini fruit […]


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Patch the Tree Destroyer 2

Yesterday I planted the trees I bought from GardeningExpress via Groupon. Partner and me planted them… This means I did the prep work and tidyed the old veggie bed up. As I turned the soil my chickens were going mad searching for worms to eat. It made it hard as I was worried I would hit one of my girls with the shovel. Silly chicks! Trees bundled together and my tools Here are my tools. Shears to lop bits off of the existing red currant bush to give my trees some space, a dirty well used old spade, plant food and my trees with roots soaking in a bucket. I also had a few grow bags to fill the holes around the roots so they could get a better start. All seemed ok. I put some foam around the lower trunk of each tree as I have pets. Here are […]


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Mothers Day at my Place 3

It didn’t start perfect, Jen wet his bed in the night, thankfully his bed has special sheets on and it worked well (a review on that to follow soon). So in the night he came into my bed when I was asleep, the smell of wee woke me, at which point was too late as he’d been lying in my bed for long enough to let his soaked pjs get my bed stinky and wet. Lovely… First task of mothers day, lots of washing including both quilts.Wish he’d stayed in his bed. When I woke this morning I was greeted by an almost naked Jen waving a box of chocolates at me, suggesting I forget breakfast and eat these. I obliged of course. Would be rude not to! Shortly after this partner appears with a mug of coffee and D comes in with this… I love trees. I’ve run out […]


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Help our bees! 6

Hullo, If you don’t garden you might not realise, but common garden bees are vanishing. You might not know how important this is, and if you don’t then I whole heartedly suggest watching “Bee Movie” as although it’s a cartoon film it explains it perfectly. Without bees we are up the creek without a paddle. They aren’t all about honey, the main thing is pollination. Without them kindly moving pollen about very few flowers, vegetable plants or fruit trees would grow. Or they may grow leaves, but produce no flowers, no fruit, no seeds. Think about it, no seed to grind into flour, or wheat into pasta? What do we eat then? As bees are massively in decline in this country I thought I’d try to encourage readers to do something. You don’t need a real garden, if you have a lawn just bury spring flowering bulbs in the lawn. […]


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Gardening ideas 4

After having chickens for a few months I have no lawn left, and what was my veggie bed is a muddy puddle! It’s clear veggies aren’t an option this growing season, all edible things are munched, so I need sturdy stubborn plants, the kind that re grow each year. On the left there, that was my veg bed, and on the right was a lawn! Thanks chickens. I was looking for fruit trees, and just bought some from GardeningExpress website, via groupon as there was a good deal. Five fruit trees, normally £100 was £30 plus £7 postage. I know you can get supermarket trees at certain times of the year, they buy them in and put near the fruit shelves, and there is a reason they are cheap. These are often not self pollinating types, so whilst one will grow and look healthy you need another close by to […]


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Snowdrops and rain. Is it Spring now?

This morning on my way to take lads to school I noticed the flowers have opened. It’s a bit early for Spring isn’t it as was extremely cold over the last fortnight. I am amazed they’ve sprouted up but here it is… My muddy water logged garden is showing life. These aren’t just any old flowers they were bulbs taken from my grand parents garden after my Gramps died. Every year they come out I remember him. It’s years since he died, but he is still so much to me, my “Dad figure” as my real Dad didn’t want me. I’m so glad I said to Nan that I wanted to take some of Gramps’s bulbs. He was a keen gardener you see, so to me taking home some Snowdrops and Crocuses seemed right. My Nan had the garden ripped out and covered in gravel. She couldn’t bare to look […]


Hoorah for all this rain 1

My garden is growing, alas the weeds are doing the best. We have rubbishy heavy clay soil, and despite binning the worst bits and replacing with homemade compost we still struggle to grow much more than dandelions. Each year I plant more bulbs, nothing exciting, daffodils etc. I also have the show drops and crocus bulbs I took from grandads garden after he died 7 years ago, I’ve never bought more of those, I like to know something of Gramps lives on. Every spring I will smile and remember gardening with my Gramps, and it encourages me to get a move on and get things growing. But after all this rain my strawberry plants that were limp and almost dead are now perky and standing up clear of the ground, I even spotted a few flowers on one. I love strawberries, really hope I get a good crop. We start […]