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My garden is loving the mild weather and ive never seen a potato crop so tall and a snow plant so tall either. 12 tomato seeds have sprouted (from seed) so challenge is to find where to put them.
Will wait for updates and hopefully photos with great anticipation!
Hope it goes well.
Tomatoes you said. I have hundreds of seedlings! Tomorrow I will pot up the ones in the tray and God knows where to put them. They are all inside at the moment, beside the sunny French doors. My snow peas are tall too, but they're not flowering yet. I wish they would. First pick of asparagus tonight. Yum. We are also feeding ourselves with English spinach and rather mature lettuce. It's nice with a somewhat sweet dressing. I cut my last pumpkin. My next pumpkins are going to grow in the straw bale garden.
For all of you who want pictures, I haven't worked out how to put them on here.
The really traditional way to condition the bales was to pee on them. So get the chamber pot out or get hubby to sneak out when hes ready and pretend to be 5 years old again.
Wondered if someone (possibly from southern hemisphere) could help me here - I grew bottlebrush plants from seed a few years ago - they have made good plants but show absolutely no sign of flowering. I was intending to keep one and give the others away when they flowered. If they won't flower I can't really justify the space they are taking up so will chuck them. I put them outside for the summer and they are in the conservatory for the winter, which is heated.
I just wondered if they maybe need to get colder in winter to shock them into flowering - whether to put them outside in the greenhouse (where they could get frosted).
Was away a few weeks ago and as I was coming back down our road I wished DH had ordered some good composted soil as my large veggie garden beds were a wreck. They needed a complete overhaul. A tree branch had fallen in some big winds and damaged the sides of our original raised bed and the soil had been faithfully used over a few seasons but needed revitalising so there was all up much work to be done. My darling as it happened had ordered the soil and since repaired the beds and filled them up with good new soil /compost. My attempts at composting also added and I got to work and now have a rather lot of lovely seedlings settling in and sprinklings of saved herb seeds also happily sprouting which means I now have 2 beds full of various plants.
Love going out each morning to inspect the veggie patch. Hooroo as the kettle is on the boil. Also Just had an unusual experiencing connecting with a wild red king parrot who has been wanting to say hello. He figured out how to land on my kitchen window sill this time and stayed a good while whilst he and I tried to chatter to each other. Was rather strange and lovely deeply touched as I moved carefully and he allowed me to be only a foot from him
I did my Day 1 on my straw bales yesterday. It took ages to wet them thoroughly. We mixed up a trug of blood and bone and chook manure from the floor of the chook shed. Today is Day2 and I only have to water them. And yes, when it's all over, we can mulch all the fruit trees with the spent straw. I have made a plan and i intend to grow carrots, beetroot, parsnips, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini in the bales.
Love your story of the parrot, @Gillymary. I am reading a book about Australian birds at the moment, Where Song Began by Tim Low and he says parrots are smarter than dogs.
I would say he has been or is hand fed as he has no fear and is used to people. I do agree birds are very intelligent. I love birds and am calm and still for them if they are hovering close as I welcome the opportunity to closely admire them. Also rather than music I can just open up the window and listen for bird calls. Very peaceful
@gillymary - how wonderful to have a parrot visit you - we don't get many birds in our garden because of the cats but I love hearing when a flock of blue tits comes around and they all chatter to one another! Robins are fascinating too............we used to see some interesting birds at our caravan in Norfolk (woodpeckers, treecreepers and had a pheasant roost in a tree next to the van once!)
As an Aussie wish I could have given advice about bottlebrush plants as they are Australian natives. But haven't got a clue sorry
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