Monday, 23 May 2011

Raised beds and strawberries

The unusually warm spring has made the strawberries appear! First ripening ones of the season. Hopefully the slugs won't get there first.

Our modest veg bed is all planted.. just need some rain now

Next job - stopping the mint from rampaging over the entire garden! Next week armed with plant pots and loppers - and looking forward to some mojitos and tea with all those mint leaves!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

What happens when you don't do the garden for 5 months....

... the things that should grow don't and the things that shouldn't grow do. Or, everything just grows. and grows. and grows.

So, we have nettle battles again! Never mind - nettles are great - pretty easy to get rid of, and so many uses.. Looking up recipe for nettle soup/cordial/wine/tea/salad right now. And apparently where nettles grow, so do vegetables, so we should get a hearty crop this year!

There's a fair amount of clearing still to be done but the fruit bushes and strawberries are coming along just lovely. At least some of the garden is able to look after itself.

Ash gets ready for weeding....

... while I jump up and down on the compost heap.....

....and break it

Finally we're done - we've done a good amount of tidying, and seen to it that the nettles don't take over the whole place again. Mint is in abundance (mojitos, anyone?) and although the chard probably can't be eaten now, that garlic looks yummy!
Until next week.....