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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Square Foot Gardening Update

Ahoy fellow gardener-a-holics.
It’s been a month since my last posting about our Square foot (and a bit) raised veg beds so time to give you an update.
This was Bed A (or as Mr TG refers to it, his grave plot!) on the June 14th.

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Look at it today…

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We’ve not bought lettuce for weeks, in fact, despite the size of the plot we’re still giving crops away. Chard, that I’ve never managed to grow successfully before, has been the biggest thrill to try. Not particularly flavoursome but with a drizzle of salad dressing & mixed in with the baby leaf lettuce & rocket, tastes Nom! (Which I believe is a youthful word for ‘bloody delicious’ – I’m so down with the kids).
The sweetcorn, that I was a tad dubious about growing in such a tight space, is positively flourishing. I was about to give up on the cauliflowers as there was leaf-a-plenty but no flower heads. All of a sudden this past week they’ve appeared, so I’ve tied the leaves up around them to protect their little faces from this baking weather we’re having. We’ve had sugar-snap peas but I left a few on a bit long & they went all stringy.
And here’s Bed B (My plot allegedly!!) last month…

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…and here it is now.

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We’ve had beetroots (sliced with onions in vinegar)…little gem lettuces are filling out, alas the cucumbers this year failed, as did the spring onions. Came home the other day to find Mr TG replanting my red onions – he thought they were the spring onions!!!! The broadbeans are almost ready & the carrot seedlings that I bought clearly had the wrong label as they’re all round balls and not your usual finger shape. Sweetpeas have bloomed this week (growing up the middle) and another packet of spring onions sown.
I’m still at the over-excited, crop-stroking, sighing-in-wonder stage of Square Foot Gardening. Maintenance has been minimal, no weeds so far, each bed has 3 or 4 watering cans each day to keep it all going and regular checks on the caulis for butterfly eggs but that’s about it.
The best bit is just watching it grow, harvesting your own produce & knowing exactly what’s going into your mouth.
On the ‘Happiness Scale’ of 1 – 100, oooh I’d say I’m at 100!!
Stay cool this week, people of Blighty!

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Better Late Than Never

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Now I know you’ve all got these in your gardens…the perennial cornflower (Centaurea)…but sometimes ‘common’ blooms just pass you by, then you stop, look closer & wonder why the heck you’ve not got your mitts on these before.
I worked in a garden recently that had a carpet of these blue beauties that quite simply took my breath away.
So I got 1 or 2 to start my own swathe and then I bought this…..

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….Centaurea ‘Purple Heart’.
What can I say…it’s simply stunning. It starts off with white petals that turn to a mid-pink as it ages.

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Now I’m hooked and bought this…Centaurea ‘Black Sprite’ too.
Bees love em’…so all good!

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