My garden Gnome worked his magic in the garden this week while I’ve been busy plotting, planning and repotting. I seek sanctuary and some degree of sanity from my garden endeavours as the craziness of Brexit comes to pass and Britain embraces the next phase of its history.
1. Raised Vegetable Bed
My garden gnome kindly weeded the raised garden bed and dug in all the compost. What a lovely surprise! Reposition the watering system and it is ready to be populated with new plants.
We will pick one more feed of sprouts this week and then the scrawny looking plants will be rehomed in the compost heap.
I love eating raw baby carrots so as they cost €2.75 per kilo at our local market I thought I’d attempt to grow my own.
Once I’d planted the seeds I covered with a plastic crate to discourage our resident blackbird from helping himself to the seeds.
Time to plant the radish. I now plant these in pots as they seem to crop better than when I’ve planted in the open bed.
I only plant up half the pot so I stagger the crop.
To discourage the blackbird and speed up germination I have added a plastic cloche (aka a recycled fridge draw)
4. Vriesea: bromeliaceae
Its Latin name escapes me at the moment – any suggestions? I used to grow these as houseplants in the UK but they never flowered. The snails love this plant. They don’t eat it just take refuge with its trumpet-like receptacles.
5. Peach Tree
We’ve never pruned the peach tree and so its become rather misshapen so after consulting YouTube we decided to live dangerously …
Hopefully, it will survive. Eeeek!
6. Cuckoo in the Bed
I’ve tried numerous time to remove this weed from my succulent and cacti bed. I was going to try again and then I stopped to look at the beautiful flower.
I don’t have the heart to dig her up. A weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place.
That’s my Six for this Saturday. Why not click over to the propagator’s blog for more Six on Saturday gardens while I nurse a cold aka Man Flu.