The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Mudlets Triumph Again!

Stumpy carrots and Middle Mudlets’ first place long carrots.

Following on from Middle Mudlets success at a local show in August, both girls have been preparing for another local show which took place last weekend.

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Pickled Jalapenos: from plant to jar in 40 minutes.

Sliced Jalapenos ready for pickling.

What do you do when you have a VERY successful chilli growing year and you find yourself with loads of Jalapeno chillis ready and dozens more following on behind? Well if you have a husband who happens to like adding Jalapenos to chilli con carne, fajitas, tacos and pizzas (to name but a few) which means you go through several jars of shop bought sliced Jalapenos every year, then the sensible thing would be to try and make your own pickled sliced Jalapenos. Continue reading


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August End Garden Update

It’s almost September but the garden looks like June.

It’s hard to believe that August is nearly over and we will soon be entering the last Summer month. Already there is a definite nip in the air, so much so that I can no longer leave the greenhouse doors and windows ajar overnight but there is finally stuff happening in the garden, possibly a little too late in some cases. Yesterday afternoon I took a walk around the vegetable patch, phone in hand to record some of what is growing in the beds and in the greenhouses.

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The School Garden: the end of an era

Neat and tidy.

It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I first agreed to help out with Gardening Club but in actual fact it has been 8 years since the day I turned up with my spade and gloves and started to dig over the vegetable bed area for the resident gardening club organiser. At THAT time the vegetable patch was quite literally that – a patch of bare ground in the middle of a grass play area which was dug over every year but plans were afoot and, following a successful application to the National Lottery Grants for All, the vegetable garden evolved into the raised bed, poly tunnel space that it now is, although even that space has since developed further with two of the raised beds being dismantled last year (2017) and used to edge a new long bed by the poly tunnel. Continue reading


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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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Middle Mudlets’ Garden: potting on

Potting on fragile seedlings, takes care and concentration.

Whilst I was busy repotting the newly rescued garden centre plant sale flowering plants into a large tub filled with fresh compost and giving them a much needed drink, Middle Mudlet was busily filling another potato bag ready for planting out another set of 4 Pentland Javelin potatoes. By the time I had finished with the new plants, she had just about completed that task and was ready to start another. 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