Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Pottering about in the garden

The garden has seriously been neglected.  So this morning whilst D cut the long blades of grass, I pottered about and sowed some seeds, yes you read right, I sowed some seeds.  Even though we are planning to move later this year I decided to sow some lettuces, salad leaves, radishes and some peas. The peas will only be grown for the shoots.

Deep down the amateur and avid vegetable grower in me wants to sow more seeds, and I mean proper vegetable seeds like broad beans, courgettes, climbing beans and squashes.  I flick through gardening catalogues; blog hop with envy through fellow vegetable grower blogs; look at unopened seed packets; as well as those warmly sent to me by fellow bloggers such as Little Black Fox; and my heart aches a little.  I can only hope that wherever we move to has some green space to quench my vegetable growing desire.

Anyway, here are a few other things still growing in my tiny garden plot and pots.
Over wintered Swiss Chard.
Chives - I am looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom as they always invite the bees.
The potato seeds have begun to push way out of the soil.
In pots: Some Jerusalem artichokes.  I know we won't get to harvest these, but I'm just happy to watch them grown purely for the lanky and pretty flower heads that resemble sunflowers.
Some strawberries
Blueberries (and raspberries not pictured)
In the border, I have fennel herb, rosemary and lavender (not pictured) growing, as well as some stinging nettle.  I also have some sage, thyme, lemon verbena, black mint and lemon balm growing in small pots.
So far its been a gorgeous bright blue day, so another task for the day was to get some laundry done and allow it to dry naturally in the gently blowy breeze.
I absolutely adore my Garden Potting Shed tea towel.  Its just too pretty to use.  The tea towel features gardening tools such as a fork, spade, a watering can, plant pots, wheelbarrow, welly boots, all surrounded by a border of vegetables.  I know its just a tea towel and its purpose is to dry dishes, but I actually think this particular tea towel would serve as a fantastic wall hanging.  In fact, I think when I move home, I am going to frame and hang it somewhere suitable where it will catch my eye and make me smile  I got my tea towel from All Tea Towels.  There are so many different themes and designs such as retro and nostalgia, seasons, flowers, and my favourite vegetables, garden and herbs.  


  1. I love your tea towel also... your garden is still growing strong and looks so green.

  2. What a nice garden!
    Everytime I go in the UK, I buy tea towels! They are so cute! I use them not for tea, but to protect the bread on the table!

    I cooked your beetroot croquettes; wonderful!

  3. Is the stinging nettle there deliberately, or is it a volunteer? I'm sure you have an archive of stinging nettle recipes!
    Nothing beats Baby Leaf Salad for convenience. No worries about having to abandon your crop when you move house. Did you see my post on "Daddy Salad"?

  4. looks like you've got plenty going on:
    I've got some butternut squash seedlings soon ready for planting out: I have no idea how much space they need?
    as a newbie to a real patch, it's a learning curve:
    {note to self ~ be less overzealous with the onions}
    now veg grown in pots I know!

  5. Gosh, You have green fingers too ♥

  6. Hi Mangocheeks
    I want that tea towel! I have lots of tea towels with herbs, plants etc on and love any on a gardening theme.
    It sounds like you have a good selection of vegs/ herbs growing all of which sound very useful. I resolved to only growing crops this year that will be consumed but did succumb to some flowers e.g cornflowers, sunflowers and nasturtiums.
    Where are you thinking of moving to?

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  8. Nice to see a spring garden freshly planted! Are you moving? Do you mean moving town, or moving garden?


  9. It is great to see you're not letting the move keep you from doing a bit of planting, it all looks wonderful. And you must be so excited about the move! Perhaps I missed it, but do you know where you're moving to yet?

  10. Thank you so much Gardeningbren.

    Thanks spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    Thats a good idea for teatowels, catching the breadcrumbs.

    So pleased that you liked the beetroot croquettes!

    the stinging nettle is there voluntarily, as much as I would have liked to have planted it myself. I do have some nettle recipes, but am hoping o mae some more htis year - though I won't go mad as I did with the wild garlic!

    Like your daughters affectionate name for your in the "Daddy Salad"? post. I am envious of your exotic variety, I just sowed the usual stuff, rocket, lollo rosso etc. Stil it beats supermarket variety.

  11. Thank you chocolategirl.
    Squashes are scamblers and it depends on what variety you are growing, i always grew small ones (sweet lightning, uchiki Kuri). I tried to grow them in pots last year and they did not do well, def. like being in the ground. I planted them with my courgettes, as the courgette season ends, there is plenty of space for them to bulk up.

    Thank you Ana Powell ♥

    Thank you Jane.
    So pleased you like the tea towel. Your collections sounds lovely.
    I do have some flowers growing, soem for beauty lupins and some as they are edible borage and nasturtiums - both these are volutnary as self seeded a few years back,s o I am happy to welcome them for me and the bees!

    Still undecided where we are moving. Hopefully employment opporunitities will depict, otherwise it will be closer to Ds mother in Essex or my family in Wales.

  12. Thank you Three-Cookies.
    Its very kind of you to nominate my blog.

    Thank you Annie.

  13. Thank you Alessandra.
    Yes, I will be moving. I will be leaving Scotland some time this year.

    Thank you Monica.
    I was made redundant a couple of months ago, so the move happening is partly connected to that. Unsure where we will be moving yet as it depends on 'employment opportunities', but if nothing comes up, then it will be either closer to my mother in law in Essex or my family in Wales.

  14. Your garden is lovely! hope your crops grow well and you enjoy eating them up!

    Good luck with your move, I'm in a similar, unemployed situation at the moment so I know how it feels! Hope it all goes well :)

  15. Thank you Sooz.
    Your warm wishes mean a lot x

  16. Wow, looks like you have a lot going on. Should be a great summer for you.


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