The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Gardening Club: Raised beds and Courtyard Planters

The Courtyard fig tree has a fig growing on it

The Courtyard fig tree has a fig growing on it

With the weather generally warmer, although still cooler than I would expect at this time of year, the Gardening Club children and I have been playing  catch up at school. With dozens of plants still waiting to be moved from the polytunnel to their final outside placings, it has been a hectic couple of weeks but I do believe we are finally on the homeward straight. Continue reading


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Gardening Club: Planting out at last

Lettuces planted by the Foundation and Year 1 Gardening Club members

Lettuces planted by the Foundation and Year 1 Gardening Club members

With the polytunnel staging groaning under the sheer weight of plants and not a spare inch available for the next round of seedlings, it was with a huge sense of relief that I finally got some of the plants into the ground, with the help of the Monday gardening group.

Seven courgettes, three pumpkins and two dozen assorted salads and lettuce plants made the transition, freeing up a significant amount of space which will come in handy when I pot up the chillis and newly emerged second sowing of beans, next week. Continue reading


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Mother Nature, Parsnips and Christmas

“I will have parsnips with Christmas dinner”, is  a phrase that will probably stay with me until the very end, along with the corresponding image of Mud attacking my parsnip bed with a wood axe, last Christmas, in an attempt to free the last of the parsnips. from the frozen ground He’d already managed to hack a few leeks out but Christmas dinner without honeyed parsnips was not an option.

Garden under 2ft of snow 2010

On Muds’ express wish I had grown loads of leeks last year. The parsnip numbers, however, for some reason were a little low and those that had grown weren’t exactly over-sized (unlike 2009 where one root alone was the girth of a milk bottle and weighed in at 1lb 8 oz) but they were respectable and Mud was determined to ‘harvest’ some. Continue reading


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Turning Green Fingered

Green fingered I am not and never have been. I have caused the demise of more house plants that I can remember and gardening has always been a chore to be endured, not enjoyed.

Mangetout, sweetcorn and pumpkins 2010So when Mud decided that the growing of the vegetables was something I should take over (he was too busy), I was less than enthusiastic and more than a little concerned, bearing in mind my previous experiences of trying to keep  established plants alive, never mind actually growing them from seed.

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