Saturday, 3 May 2014

Garden Share Collective - May 2014

Ah April, probably the busiest month for a gardener living in the UK. On the whole the weather has been kind & the seedlings in the greenhouse are flourishing.
Some have been planted out already, onion sets in the background & broad beans at the front.

Lettuce in tubs which hopefully will be ready for picking in a week or two!
The asparagus has really come on this year, no pickings though yet!, next year I can take a couple then the year after well lets just say I am hoping for a couple of meals a week - fingers crossed. There may be plans if space allows to extend the asparagus patch.

As well as sowing a selection of veg & flowers seeds the garden has been brought under control ready for the growing season ahead.
The red raspberry patch has been thoroughly weeded & straggling canes pulled out. The path was then covered with new bark chippings. I need to cover the yellow raspberry patch with bark too, a job perhaps for this nice long bank holiday weekend.
One of my very favourite jobs of the gardening year is getting the canes ready for the peas & beans.

Fingers crossed this time next month all of the seedlings in the photos below will be out in the veg patch & flourishing -






Joining in again with the Garden Share Collective

31 comments:

  1. Your garden looks really tidy. Mine still needs some work.
    Put some of my sweetcorn out and it has been uprooted and eaten. I am now on guard.
    Rosezeeta..

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    1. I am aiming for a neat & tidy look this year. Such a shame about your sweetcorn, I'm putting off planting things outside until I have the slugs under control. Who am I kidding, as if I ever will!

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  2. Like you, I find the preparation of the bean-poles strangely therapeutic! You have had a busy month...

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    1. It is one of those must do jobs isn't it. It is one I look forward to each year, it make such a change to the the structure of the plot.

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  3. It looks as though you have done lots of great preparation in April that will yield great results all through the rest of the year! xx

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    1. That's what I'm banking on. It actually feels good to get those jobs out of the way. Just the planting now oh & I still need to paint the fence.

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  4. It all looks beautifully organised. I recognise lots of the seedlings from around here - sweetcorn, beans, peas, you're right, it's the busiest time of year. I'll hopefully be going to the allotment tomorrow with the boys to plant out sweetcorn.

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    1. Thank you, I'm trying hard this year. Hope you make it to the allotment it is looking quite overcast here.

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  5. You are such a busy bee in the garden, and what a neat and orderly place you have, Jo; keep on enjoying - especially the 'fruits' of your labour! Joy x

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    1. Thank you, I have been trying hard to be neat & tidy this year. Less than the ramshackle like me. It will be looking really good once everything is planted out & flowering.

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  6. A very neat productive garden, yes April May usualy a very bust time, I have just done the basics as we wont be here to reap the benefits, so looking forward to getting stuck into a new garden.

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    1. Thank you. You must be so looking forward to actually getting your new place, so many plans to make!

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  7. Looks like you have it all ready for the garden to take off.

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    1. I t feels like I'm on track yes. It is now ready for the planting out stage, no doubt there will be a couple of bad backs shortly.

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  8. You have been busy! Can't wait to see the changes over the coming months xo

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    1. It certainly feels like I've been busy. I can't wait now to actually plant things out.

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  9. April and May to me are the months that the whole season hinges upon.

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    1. You are right Sue, it's all go, go, go. It's nice to sit & relax in the garden when June comes round.

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  10. I grow really tall peas at the museum because they're older in date - making fabulous pea stick constructions is one of my favourite things. Instant garden architecture. Jealous of your asparagus - mine is still very fine 'sprue'. That's a technical asparagus word for 'slightly pathetic'.

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    1. I have some tall peas ready to go out. It's the first time I have grown them. No jealousy needed, I hope it picks up next year so we will be able to harvest enough for a meal.

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  11. Mick's favourite part of gardening is constructing wigwams or building protective cages. April's always a busy month, though I don't think that May will be any less so, still plenty to do.

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    1. Mike loves building things too, I was allowed to do the wigwams by myself though. Your'e right about May, April seems so busy with seed sowing & then May with planting everything & making sure the plants survive.

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  12. All looks so flourish, how nice! The beans look so healthy. God job!

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    1. Thank you Endah, apart from a rogue slug in the greenhouse it is all going well.

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  13. Goodness me you have been, and are going to be, busy. It's certainly all looking good and obviously well worth the effort. Happy gardening. Flighty xx

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    1. It seems like I have been. It is easier for me though as I only have to nip outside with my veg pot being in the back garden. Thank you I'm pleased with how it is looking so far.

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  14. Lovely update your garden is coming leaps and bounds have a good weekend

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    1. Thank you Linda, I am eagerly waiting to plant my beans out, I will be checking the frost report this week.

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  15. .I do love your pea sticks...I'm afraid mine look a lot less pretty...it works though and I supose that's what counts!!

    The garden is looking great .

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    1. They are rather lovely. We did go for the normal bamboo poles but as the new sticks were next to them I was swayed into buying them. Thank you, I'm aiming for a neater look this year.

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  16. Isn't is just the absolute best when veggies start to head out into the garden, the wigwams are up ready to receive the beans and the effort involved feels so worthwhile! Your plot is looking fab, Joanne - it will be really interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks! Didn't April go quickly! C xx

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