The Land Rover Owners Wife


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A touch too green for a greenhouse

Chocolate Cherry, Amish Paste (in the middle slot), sulky side shoots and a cucumber.

Chocolate Cherry, Amish Paste (in the middle slot), sulky side shoots and a cucumber.

I had been putting it off for a while (again) but this weekend, with some unexpectedly dry (although generally dull and overcast for the most part) weather on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, I finally started the laborious task of cleaning the greenhouses. To be completely honest, it was the need to set up the growbags for the tomatoes and cucumbers that was the driving force behind my spring clean and so I set to and started to clear out the smallest of the greenhouses.

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The Winter Garden: an update

Last years strawberry runners are liking the greenhouse

Last years strawberry runners are liking the greenhouse

The air was crisp but the sun was shining first thing this morning and so with the Mudlets delivered to school I decided to take a stroll down to my vegetable patch and greenhouses, to check on the progress of the various plants. Continue reading


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The Chillies get a trim

The select few, sprayed and ready for the insulated greenhouse

The select few chilli plants: sprayed and ready for the insulated greenhouse

Walking into the Large Greenhouse the other day, a couple of things caught my attention: the chicory/raddichio were covered in white fly and the chillis were definitely past their best.

First job was the eviction of the infested plants and their relocation into the compost bin, with the lid left off for a while to allow any passing birds unimpeded access to the feast. The empty pots were then stacked and left outside of and away from the greenhouse until I could clean them. Continue reading


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That’s a wrap

Under wraps and ready for winter

Under wraps and ready for winter

With the day dry and bright, albeit a little cold, I decided to crack on and get the insulating of my small greenhouse finished before the first of the frosts arrived which should be any day now. Of course I had left the trickiest section of greenhouse to last, well you do don’t you, and so I first had to work out just how I was going to attach the bubble wrap to the front panels and the door.

Hhmmm. Quite a bit of dead scratching, chin rubbing and tutting later (I think I’ve picked up some bad habits from Mud), a solution popped into my head and I got to work. Continue reading


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Bubble wrapping the greenhouse

Getting the tubs off the cold, damp ground

Getting the tubs off the cold, damp ground

With the growhouses purchased for the outside section of my Winter garden, I turned my attention to the insulating of the little greenhouse which is to be home to a cauliflower, cabbage, two tubs of carrots, a tub of strawberry plants which are still trying to fruit and some of Muds’ herbs, over winter. I may even try to over winter some of this years chilli plants but as my attempts to do this with last years plants failed, I’m not holding my breath.

I had already begun to Winterfy the greenhouse by upturning some of the left over wooden crates and placing some of the ubiquitous black shelves we happen to have lying about the place, on top and then standing the tubs on these, thereby lifting them out of the draughts and off what will soon become a damp, cold and potentially frozen concrete base. Continue reading


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Progress, patches and petals

A rainbow is spinning in my garden

A rainbow is spinning in my garden

It only seems like yesterday when I was worrying about the prolonged cold spell, late frosts and the need to get the plants in the greenhouses into the ground, wondering if Spring/Summer would ever arrive. Yet this morning, walking around my vegetable patch, doing the usual checks, i was struck by how much, even in the last few days, the garden has changed. Continue reading


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Gardening Club: We’ve got a greenhouse …..

School polytunnel greenhouse (1)…… actually we had three but I’ll get to that in a moment. Part of the lottery grant we received in 2011, was for the building of a plastic bottle greenhouse which were all the rage at the time but by the time the polytunnel raised beds, shed and fruit trees had been installed, there really wasn’t any room for the greenhouse.

Mind you as we now had a substantial polytunnel, the need for a greenhouse wasn’t very urgent and so we applied for and got change of use for that portion of the grant, which enabled the school to purchase the things we did need for the garden and which hadn’t been included, such as insect netting, propagators, pots, seeds, organic soil enrichers, compost and various basic garden items essential to the success of a vegetable plot. Continue reading


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Carrots for Christmas

The mangetout will keep the Mudlets in snacks for a while longer

The mangetout will keep the Mudlets in snacks for a while longer

Each year about this time, I sow some carrot seeds in a tub, in the greenhouse. Actually this year I’m a few weeks earlier than normal because experience has taught me that the longer I can have them growing before the first frost the better the result (which isn’t that much of a surprise when I think about it). The aim is to have fresh, homegrown carrots, alongside freshly pulled parsnip, leeks, stored and cured winter squash and blanched and frozen Runner and Climbing beans with Christmas Dinner. If I have some potatoes left for roasties then that will be an added bonus. Continue reading


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The vegetable garden in June

The vegetable patch in June

The vegetable patch in June

Before Mud decided to bathe the camera in white spirit, I had taken several pictures of the garden in the sunshine with the purpose of posting an update on how the various plants are growing. I’m always amazed at the amount of growth plants can put on with just a few days of sunshine, a drop or two of rain and a couple of degrees increase in temperature – you can almost see it. Continue reading


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Growbags, flexi tubs, canes and some old wool

Little Greenhouse growbagsThe weather has been glorious this last couple of days, causing what Mud and I believe to be a new record: having two consecutive sunny and warm Bank Holiday weekends. With the plants in the beds starting to look a little bit happier, although one or two are still looking decidedly dodgy, I decided today was a good day to get the little greenhouse emptied out and the growbags and support structures for my tomatoes and cucumbers in place.
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