Thursday, 28 November 2013

Impracticable gardener

That's me down to a tee, why only this morning I was googling the possibility of growing an avocado tree in the greenhouse. I was perusing pinterest you see & adding various gardening dreams to my garden board & there I spied a dwarf avocado tree. With having such a small plot & being rather short myself the word 'dwarf' appeals very much to me, particularly when it is followed by a tree variety.

Anyway you can't get dwarf ones in this country plus chilly North Wales is really not the place to attempt such things. Also not being a huge lover of guacamole (never tried the stuff, it looks vile) I do however like the odd couple of slices on a bagel with bacon & mayonnaise.  It isn't going to happen so it is more the case of impracticable dreams than impracticable events it would seem.

On to more practicable items, planning for next year. I will have more time to deal with the garden next year & I hope to have a rather lovely one to show off to you all. I am growing for the first time because I like to do something new & it definitely wont be avocado - Collard Greens  from Moreveg

Collard Vates Seeds

They look and sound rather fun I think I am only growing a few things from seed next year, to help with the time issue I am seriously thinking of going down the buying baby plants route. 

Also we will be doing less potatoes & less things in pots I think, not doing salad leaves next year at all unless they are on the windowsill. Mine always seem to be infected by leaf miner so whole lettuce it will be. 

The lovely Mike had a birthday yesterday & amongst his presents he received I had bought him this book - The complete chili pepper book


Not a good picture I know but it is a good book & a good choice particularly as Mike isn't a reader where as I am. It is more American based than British (or Welsh if you are Mike). He rather liked it as he is getting more interested in the garden particularly in growing chillies. Time will tell if his interest is a good thing, I still haven't let him forget about weeding the parsnips. The actual parsnips were weeded out, not the non existing weeds around them!!

I am also treating him to a Christmas shopping trip to Chester tomorrow, sorry should translate as lunch at  
 Hickorys, the man is need of some meat, personally I can take it or leave it at the moment but it will keep him happy & if he behaves himself whilst I am Christmas shopping I might just might treat him to a bottle of whisky. Mike being a single malt man still hasn't got over the shock of my mother & sister appearing at different times on the doorstep several birthdays back. Each of them bearing a bottle of whatever was on offer at the supermarket at that time. Te he, it still makes me giggle every time I think of it. 

Enjoy your day



16 comments:

  1. I like the idea a buying a gardening book for Mike's birthday - something you can enjoy?

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    1. Ha, yes it was quite good, something I wouldn't have bought for myself. He can keep his whisky though I don't like the taste.

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  2. It's nice to dream about what we'd like to grow, which in my case is pineapples!
    I have to say that collards aren't very exciting, but well done for getting the seeds from MoreVeg.
    I don't eat chillies, or drink whiskey. Happy shopping and enjoy your lunch tomorrow. Flighty xx

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    1. Pineapples would be fun I think. I like MoreVeg appropriate sized seed packets for the likes of me. Thank you.

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  3. For me it's melons. I know it's possible to grow them in the UK, but I don't have much greenhouse space and it seems like a lot of faffing around. One day though!
    Have a great time in Chester.

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    1. I tried melons this year, they failed miserably. Thank you.

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  4. I've always like the idea of a greenhouse (or even a large conservatory) full of exotic fruit. It will never happen, but it's a lovely dream!
    Have a good day in Chester.

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  5. I constantly dream about the gardening I could do with more land or warmer climates or a green house! I have spreadsheets full of dream plants to grow.

    But are you aware that there is a cold hardy variety of avacado? I've never seen one but if you google those words, you'll find what I am talking about. I believe it grows semi-dwarf if you leave it in a pot. As avacado is one of my favorite foods, it's at the top of my "if I move to a home with even a tiny bit more space" list.

    Smiles,
    KK @ www.preppypinkcrocodile.com

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    1. How wonderful, I shall have to look for it, we all have our dreams don't we.

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  6. Happy belated birthday to Mike. I don't know if I'd have bought him that book though, he'll be wanting to take over your growing space with his chillis. Have a good day in Chester.

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    1. Thank you, I am allowing him some space in the greenhouse, just a bit mind.

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  7. With his interest in whisky and chillis, your Mike sounds like a good sort of bloke! Are those Collard Greens basically a type of Spring Cabbage? I see lots of American bloggers writing about them, but I haven't seen them mentioned in the UK.

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    1. He is a lovely bloke yes. I think the collard greens are similar to spring cabbage but ready earlier more like a winter veg.

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  8. Good choice of present..don't think I could pull it off with my hubby!!!

    Made me smile when you talked about him weeding out the parsnips and reminded me of the time my Hubby visited me on the plot and used the line of carrot seedling to walk along as he thought they were weeds...even though the line was perfectly straight...and men are supposed to be the gardeners..lol

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  9. Sounds like there's lots to look forward to. Maybe an avocado tree isn't a great idea as you're not a fan of guacamole!

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