The recycling continues, dear reader. I was attempting to salvage a tyre stuck between two buildings, to no avail sadly, but a neighbour happened to have three just thrown carelessly about and now they belong to Jack and await flowers. I’m not painting them as I love how well the black in the garden contrasts the multi-hued flowers and they’d just chip eventually and paint and primer is expensive. I do have one tip, you can’t say these posts aren’t a learning experience, whether it’s worth learning is a whole other thing, and that’s to add drainage holes to he underside of the tyre. I used a forstner bit you see, because it’s the only one I had that was large enough. The smell of burning rubber abounded, the scissors were prevailed upon to sever the rubber, but when I was done I had no worries of water-logged bulbs. It’s amazing just how much water the inner part holds and how hard it is to remove. You don’t need me to say it, safety concious reader, but be careful when drilling something this large and unwieldy. You have little fear of the tyre slipping, but he drill is another matter entirely.
Did I ever tell you about my planting some store-bought purple garlic? Even if I did you’re stuck unless you skip this paragraph. It was a gamble, but if it works I’d gain some garlic for separating and replanting for next year. They’ve sprouted so that’s really great, they should grow if I look after them. I just used two two litre pots as I wasn’t wasting space on two cloves of garlic. Garlic is slow and can be rather dull, but it’s enjoyable to see it starting even before Spring and enduring long after the other fruits and vegetables have since wilted. I never guarantee success in any of my ventures, but I like sharing with you all regardless.
Oh! My Cabbage and Broccoli, Purple and Green, seeds have started. I pulled off the bags today and now I let them grow and eventually thin them out to one a pot. Separating and re-potting is just tiresome. I’ve found it better to just plant enough in each pot and thin as needed. I’ve also seen a single carrot and one parsnip. That’s enough right? Surely everyone just plants one of everything. The greenhouse was almost thirty degrees yesterday, a new record. Sadly today is much cooler, though I am grateful for the reprieve from pot filing.
I was worried about my potatoes as they have already put out roots in the bag, but they seem to be doing fine. They’re rather deep down and I still have to top them up as they grow. I also plant to add fertilizer to the compost as I add it to help feed them. I’m hoping for decent crop. I was gifted some artichoke bulbs which I promptly shoved into a huge pot. I’m looking forward to watching them grow. I even have shallots, which I can’t seem to stop pronouncing: “shallats”, so, yeah, I’m growing things I’ve never eaten before.
This year I fill the squash pots and they stay filled, no borrowing the soil to fill, well, everything else. I added compost to the bottom, I took the best of a bad batch and I’ll slowly fill the bags with potting compost. I think ten, five Harlequin, five Table King, is just the right number.I’ve also put down my tomato seeds, this year it’s one a pot. I’ve had bad luck with tomatoes, but with my Gardener’s Delight and Heinz, yes the ketchup people, seeds I hope to do well. I planted some bell-peppers too, they’re a newer variety, Bell Boy, so I’ll just hope they do well and look after them as best I can. I’ve never grown them before either, but I can eat them, sadly.
Naru has now figured out that when the gloves go on the gardening commences. She’s out and about tottering here and waddling there, content as any dog. She wanders up to me on occasion to say hello. She’s a genuine joy. I do have to watch her around the slug pellets, but a tap on the backside and she runs, well, tries to run, away. She’s mostly content to amble about looking at all the flowers and secretly drinking whatever rain water has collected. Naru’s idea of secrecy is that if she can’t see you, she’s invisible.
I always thought they were pina roses, that’s the way everyone here says it. There’s at least two scattered about. Okay, that’s all from Jack, I hope if you are gardening hat it’s going well fr you. Not as well as for me you understand, that just wouldn’t do. Until next time.