The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: the first harvest

Middle Mudlet proving that you are never too old to dig for gold!

When Middle Mudlet and I planted out the first set of Pentland Javelin potatoes way back in on April 15, ten weeks until harvest seemed ever such a long way into the future and yet here we are, just over eleven weeks on and yesterday, Middle Mudlet went digging for gold and her teenage self was as excited at the discovery of creamy skinned tubers, as any of my younger club gardeners.  Continue reading

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The giant, the mini and the just plain weird!

Gerberas in a tin

During last autumn (or Fall for the Americans amongst us), Mud and I added manure and a thick layer of mulch to the vegetable beds, with a view to enriching them. For the most part, the beds had been rested for a year and with the addition of enriching materials, I had anticipated the healthiest of healthy plants, thriving on the nutrient rich soil. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out quite like I’d planned. Continue reading


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Thunder and lightning …… oh and hailstones too!

The potato stems took a bit of a battering in the bags …..

Even as a child I wasn’t fond of thunder, preferring to take refuge under my bed covers, fingers in my ears, assuring my teddy bears and dolls that there was nothing to be scared of. Nowadays, as a parent I have to present a confident and untroubled front, not always easy when each bang and flash brings back that urge to hide. Continue reading


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A Chilli Sunday Afternoon

The Jalapeno’s are thriving in their new big pots.

Actually, to be truthful, Sunday afternoon was gloriously sunny and warm. I am referring to the other kind of chilli, the kind that is growing in my greenhouses. I have rather a lot of them and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been potting them all on and now BOTH greenhouses are full to the gunnels with …. for the most part …… chilli and sweet pepper plants. Continue reading


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Pots, potatoes and everything else

Little Mudlets’ creation. She is rightly very proud of it!

Six more plants were rescued from the garden centre plant sale room today, when Middle Mudlet and I went to get some more compost. I get a little frustrated with the garden centre because most of the plants in the sale room only require a little TLC and in particular, water! When you pick up a large pot with a very large plant in it and it’s light as a feather, you know that dehydration is a major factor in the droopy look of the plant. So today a red geranium, a variegated geranium, two osteospermum and two lithodora plants came home with us, along with two strikingly beautiful Lewisia from the main plant area. Continue reading


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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: the straight carrot experiment

 

Spot of working the soil can lift your spirits and restore your equilibrium.

There is nothing quite like a stint in the garden, working the soil, sowing seeds and planting out plants, to ease away the stresses of a busy week and so with Middle Mudlet in a full on teenage angst mood when she got home from school, I suggested that she change into some old clothes and go do some work on her vegetable patch…… Continue reading


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A spade’s a spade …… unless it’s MY spade!

Our pretty bird-scarer and the view across the garden

A couple of months ago Mud had some jobs to do in the garden, some ‘house maintenance’ type jobs and not the vegetable garden kind. He hadn’t been outside long when I heard cursing. An enquiry as to the cause of his disgruntlement elicited the response that he’d broken his spade ……. no! Wait! Let me rephrase that …… he had broken A spade. Continue reading


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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: May

Middle Mudlet planting out her beans.

Over the last two weekends the Mudlets have spent some time in the garden with me, Little Mudlet helping with the general garden whilst her sister worked on her own patch. The improving weather has really benefitted our own plants but on the flip side, the weeds have also relished the warmth and have started to break through in those areas where we have cleared the mulch away.  Continue reading


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Enough of these sudden temperature fluctuations already!

Little Mudlets’ competition pansy grown from seed last year

Over the last week my young plants have been happily living out in the green houses, enjoying the warmth and sunlight and establishing themselves in their new size pots. The fleece hasn’t been needed, as temperatures have been good during the day and have remained relatively warm at night and the plants have thrived as a result. And so it was with a modicum of surprise that a casual glance at our weather station, revealed a quite dramatic drop in temperature on Friday evening. It wasn’t even dark yet and the temperature was already reading reading 6 degrees which meant that the overnight temperatures were likely to be even lower, once the last of the daylight had gone and darkness had fully descended. Continue reading


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Vine Weevils, a right royal pain!

The gardening term for this image is …… uck! Uck! UCK!

Saturday evening, Mud discovered that one of our Spider Web plants hadn’t been killed off by the cold snap but rather that a veritable army of Vine Weevil larvae had been steadily munching their way through the intricate web of fine roots, leaving only the mature main root and condemning the once majestic plant which has now been consigned to the rubbish heap. There’s something quite sad about being able to lift the remains of what was a large and thriving plant out of it’s planter, with one hand and minimal effort. Continue reading