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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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


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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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Gardening Club: House Keeping and Seed Sowing

The poor weather doesn’t seem to affect the weeds!

The prolonged cold weather delayed the start of Gardening Club this year, as I was mindful of my young gardeners and the disappointment they would feel, if Gardening Club had started for the sake of starting and all their carefully sown seeds and the resulting seedlings, had succumbed to the bitter cold, hard frosts, waterlogged ground and/or snow. No, waiting those few extra weeks was worth it and Gardening Club has now begun. Unfortunately the miserable, cold weather hadn’t done anything to curtail the growth of the weeds and our long bed was a carpet of green …… largely unwanted green at that, although there were some onions in there somewhere! 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