Friday, October 14, 2011

What have we been doing in the garden?

OK, we're rubbish. 5 months and no posts...not really good blogging is it?

First off, the excuses. I spent most of May travelling in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, waving my camera at unwilling birds. We have both been very busy with work all summer, so only had time to try to keep the garden in a holding pattern - watering and doing some weeding when possible.

April and May were dry months here in East Anglia. Very dry. Despite keeping on top of the daily watering, the tomatoes didn't seem to like the conditions in the Greenhouse and although we got loads of fruit, it was all fairly tough skinned. I ended up making ketchup which should be ready to try in a couple of weeks :)

Otherwise the greenhouse did well - loads of peppers and chillis (although my attempt at air drying the fruit failed...I'll use the oven next time). We had mixed results with the cucumbers and melons - good early crops but struggled to keep them happy as summer went on.

We invested £50 in seeds, bulbs and annual plugs for the main scar beds and experimented at how taller plants would handle the wind...and were pleasantly surprised. The random mix of colour and planting worked well and we will probably keep a similar theme in the final beds here.

We also now have chickens - 5 young bantams that may start laying soon...

I plan to post more details of the past couple of months work later on.