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Had a good bout of dry weather at the weekend so Hubby and I got out and got stuck in to the garden for the first time really this year.

The extra bed and standing platform

The extra bed and standing platform

First, Hubby created an extension to last years raised beds. This will be used for salad crops and random experiments. Also added a slab in the middle to make getting to the central bed a lot easier, was quite a height before so is much better now. Moved some of last years potted herbs all into the one area at the small back bed.

Hubby making the bed

Hubby making the bed

Here is Hubby checking the slab is all okay!

Last years canes are looking good

Last years canes are looking good

Checked the growth on last years Raspberry canes. We were given them as a present from our friends when we moved here last year but the garden wasn’t quite ready for them so they got off to a slow start. Looking good for this year though, got lots of buds on them already. I have spotted the Wood Pigeons eyeing them up already.

new growth on Honeysuckle

new growth on Honeysuckle

Maw-in-Law helped us keep our young Honeysuckle in check last year to avoid it growing woody at the base, just had to remember to keep nipping the new twin sets of leaves of so it would encourage more growth. Seems to have paid off so far and is looking like will be lots of cover for our wee arch and bench.

Sowing of early 'Meteors' under homemade cloche

Sowing of early 'Meteors' under homemade cloche

Attempted an early sowing of ‘Meteor’ peas, heard they were a good cropper and great for being nice and early. Have sown under a homemade cloche made out of some leftover wire hoops, some remnants of winter plant fleece and plenty of tent pegs to keep it all tethered down in the wind.

Strawberries undercover Feb 09

Strawberries undercover Feb 09

Already ahead of the game with the strawberries this year. We were really disappointed with our plants last year and had them in one of those terracotta planter things. When the plants started sending off runners we sat smaller pots around filled with compost and they soon bedded into their new homes. Then we cut off the runner plants after a few weeks and left them in the plastic greenhouse until early October, when they were planted in two rows under a fabric cloche bought from Dobbies. They are looking great so far, here is the inside view.

Tulips, crocus, primrose and pansies

Tulips, crocus, primrose and pansies

And then the flowers! We have created a bed along the left of our garden which can be used just for flowers.

Last Autumn I planted random bulbs around and they are now showing their heads for the first time. The Tulips are up but seem to be getting eaten as there are small scratch marks up the leaves, will try an organic insecticide and see if that helps.

Also crocuses and snowdrops appearing in various places. We bought some primroses and pansies at Dobbies last year for really cheap as they were past their best but they are now setting up for a flower. Have noticed a few slug attacks though so putting some organic pellets down straight away.

Phew! Told you it was busy! Finished the Sunday off by getting into trouble from the neighbours because we attached some reed screening to their fence, (We thought it was shared!) but we have since removed the ‘offending’ item and depending on how nice they are to us we might keep it down as they thought it looked a right ‘monstrosity’ from their side, pretty nice from ours though!

After it got dark and we had made ‘friends’ with the neighbours I remembered I had to get my Garlic bulbs in too so split the bulbs and planted in a nice spot in the front bed behind the strawberries. All planted by torchlight which was cool!

Got a new cover for our plastic greenhouse for £7.99 from Dobbies and set about sowing some cos Lettuce, Red Onion seeds and some trailing and bushing Lobelia.

Will keep you posted on how it all goes.

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