First off… I just want to apologise for my absence… I’d get a note from my mum but she would just laugh at me. Oh well, I suppose I’ll just have to wing it.
After working solid for 10 days at work with no day off I was in no position to do a lot in the garden. Then, after that I went and helped my brother-in-law with a HUGE garden job. More on that in another post. But that explains my 2 week silence… It doesn’t excuse it… But you at least know why.
Anyway… That is history. Moving on to this morning.
I finally get to spend some time in my own garden. First off I had to cut the grass. No… I didn’t take a pic of how bad it was… No cutting for 3 weeks will put a LOT of growth on my grass. Oh how embarrassing! I also edged and did a little weeding. Thankfully none of the normal weeds had established themselves. There is something to be said for regular weeding!
In the 3 weeks I seem to have missed so much!
The Echinacea I got from BloominBootiful finally put out some flowers, very nice to see. It’s a little shaded by the Cinerarea though… Next year I will trim that back to give the other plant a little more light.
My Hydrangea is flowering. It has very nice pink hue. This must mean my soil is lacking in aluminium or is more acidic. I prefer pinks to blues so I am very happy with this. If it starts to move to a blue colour I will have to do something about it. But for now I’m all good.
And finally my Coreopsis… Wow… It has NEVER had a good a show as this. It’s really settled into its new home. It’s done so well it’s actually pushed out a lavender!
I think I will give it at least one more year here before I split it. Let it get some good root structure in.
And the last part.
I am SO happy about this bit. When I last looked in my veg plot it wasn’t doing much. When I looked today all the potato plants had fallen over, obviously ready to be harvested.
SO I cleared off all the tops and pulled the bags out.
On the left is what I got from the first bag alone… On the right is what I got out of all 5!
In all about 10-15 pounds of potatoes. Not bad, eh? I have to say that I was VERY happy with it. Ok, it won’t get me through the winter or anything but it wasn’t a failure at all.
The only issue I had was one bag that had a couple of potatoes with some kind of… scab? on them. Should I throw them out? They didn’t look bad as such. It’s also only on the surface. I scratched off the skin and they were fine underneath.
I did learn a few other things from this… For a start there was a marked difference with the bags that had the potatoes that I cut in half and the ones that were planted whole. Also… 2 potatoes did NOT use up all the bags potential. I think I will put in 3 or 4 next time. There was a lot of unused room in there.
Also, my neighbour thinks that the fact that I didn’t water them regularly affected the crop. I could have far more if I had. Oh well, something to note for next time.
Also my Rhubarb is still growing well. Looking good for cropping next year. I swear those stems get redder by the day!
I also now have tomatoes coming along. last time I checked on them there was only flowers, now I have fruit! Awesome. B-)
And now a couple of little accidents I have to admit to.
Parsnips? I planted a row of them LONG ago but I didn’t see any come up. I was clearing a few weeds out of the veg plot and mistook this for a weed. *sigh*.
Next… While pulling out other weeds I managed to pull these up too. Well, at least I will have a couple of onions for tonight’s tea!
And with that…. I’m done. I’ll do a write-up of what I did at my Brother-in-law’s and post that over the weekend. It may have to be a couple of posts… I don’t know.
Have a great weekend, everyone! B-)