Okay, let’s be honest, up to a week or so ago, as Summers go, the weather we’ve had so far this year has been…. well….. less than ideal. In fact if I’m totally honest, with the exception of most of the second week of Wimbledon, the lack of sunshine and warmth has been immensely depressing, frustrating and off-putting. Poor old Mud has been thoroughly cheesed off because since leaving his job three weeks ago, he hasn’t been able to get on with any of the jobs on Ciggy, Annie or the workshop that he had planned to do and has spent much of the last few weeks muttering about how he shouldn’t be at all surprised because this has been typical of his luck in recent years, in respect of the weather on his days off! Continue reading
Last year, the dreadful weather impacted badly on them all, with only about 7 fruit setting between the three and the wasps dealt with them, so it’s quite nice to see the apple and pear with a combined potential harvest of around 20-25 fruit. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I was talking to one of the villagers about the gardening club and how it would be nice to get some more growing space, maybe through the use of planters, strategically placed around the school. Not only would this serve to increase the growing capacity of the school, albeit by a relatively small amount but it would also demonstrate that you don’t actually need acres of space to be able to grow at least a small amount of food. Unfortunately lack of available funds meant that this was a distant dream, unless I could find and apply for grants and awards which would be interested in this type of project.
“What about wooden vegetable crates?” the villager asked, “Would you be able to use those as containers because I can get you some, free of charge if you want.” Continue reading