More adventures withe the camera !
“Salthaven Community Orchard”
“Food Fight in the Garden”
More adventures withe the camera !
“Salthaven Community Orchard”
“Food Fight in the Garden”
May was a long month and June looks to be too with me on 6 day weeks and only days of on a Monday. This has unfortunately scuppered our plans of doing anything together as I’m of on the Mondays and my beloved is off at the weekends. The month of May was unbelievable dry and temperatures often rose about 20c making some days very pleasant and others very sticky having to don clothes and go to work. Work in the garden has cracked on a pace and finally it’s nice to be able to see some results.
I’m most pleased to see our Asiatic Lilies come out but the hanging baskets look ok as does many other plants we have scattered around the garden. The latest additions include a hanging basket out the front and some other plants in the back garden. These include Penstemon Apple Blossom, Euonymus Emerald Gaiety, Garden Lily Apricot Salmon and a Acer Palmatum. I have to admit that in life I do like to get carried away buying lots of it’s Cheap but at least it keeps my mind stimulated and takes my mind of work.
It’s satisfying to make the garden tidy and even more rewarding to see all the bulbs we plant appear and then flower,some of the colours are glorious. I’ve been meaning to get the camera out again and go out but with little spare time and the garden to do it’s had to be given a miss. All in all it’s been rewarding and thanks to the supermarkets own brand tools and feeds thankfully it’s turned out quite cheap too. Even though we’re now in summer time my thoughts must turn to the winter and how we will have to store our plants keeping them away from the frost.
Preventing Winter Damage
Cold, wet, windy winter weather can damage trees, shrubs and garden structures such as trellis. Improving shelter, staking plants, mulching, wrapping pots and careful matching of plants to places will help to prevent this kind of damage.
Feeding: Avoid applications of nitrogen-rich fertilisers late in the season, as they stimulate sappy growth
Soil cover: Soil exposure, particularly in the vegetable patch, can result in leaching of nutrients. Green manure, such as mustard, sown in September reduces this leaching. Juvenile plants will retain nutrients until dug back into the soil in spring
Mulching: This can reduce compaction and soil erosion that can commonly follow heavy rain
Overwinter plants by wrapping: Plants can be protected from cold, wet weather by wrapping with horticultural fleece. For more on overwintering plants, see the links below
Plant in a sheltered spot: Your garden is a microclimate in itself. You will have warm spots, at the base of a south-facing wall, and cold or wet spots on the north side of the house. Choose plants carefully for each of these positions. Site early-flowering plants such as magnolias and camellias so that they are not exposed to the morning sun, as rapid thawing of frozen buds can result in blackening and bud drop
Containers: Keep containers in dry, sheltered areas, grouped together for mutual protection. Prevent roots freezing in containers by wrapping with bubble polythene or straw. Alternatively plunge (bury with the rim just showing) the pot into the ground
Structures: Before the start of winter, check all garden structures and replace or re-attach loose panels, roofs, posts and fences. Replace solid fences with ones that are 50 percent wind permeable to avoid gusting, turbulence and shaking
Plant windbreaks: A cold and windy site will often require windbreaks of additional planting such as hedges. Strategic placing of temporary woven hurdles, netting or similar materials on deeply embedded stout posts can help in the short-term
Drainage: Deal with drainage problems promptly, as wet soils can make young or shallow rooted trees more likely to uproot in the wind
At the moment I’m toying with making a cold frame as I have the glass so I’d just need the wood.
A cold frame is a bottomless box with a skyward-facing window. Like a miniature greenhouse, a cold frame lengthens the gardening season by protecting plants and seeds from the moderately cold temperatures and drying winds of late fall and early spring. With the addition of a simple heater, a cold frame can be used nearly year-round to grow cool-season flowers and vegetables, and to give summer plants an early start.
The low-cost, easy-to-build cold frame presented here takes one or two weekends to build and uses widely available materials. You can place it on a deck or patio to grow plants in pots, or you can place it over a garden bed.
Many people who are currently working a six day week will tell you, that far from having a day off on their only work free day, that they end up doing all the things they have little time for on the days they do have to work. Chores like going food shopping,laundry,cleaning the car,cleaning the house and if the weathers nice tidying up in the garden.
My day off last week was no different to most, although I did get a chance to set up the camera with the remote and took some good photos of Starlings,Blackbirds and a Jayhawk. It was a busy day and a productive one as I got some of the jobs done, that i’d been meaning to do and as the weather was disappointingly inclement, didn’t miss the chance to do something more enjoyable.
Even though it was my day off I got up at the normal time,made a cuppa and watched TV for just over an hour or so.Feeding the birds is a morning ritual and they thoroughly enjoyed the feast I’d put out, allowing me to get some good shots. I’d had some free Sunflower seeds that came on the front of a magazine so next up was sowing them into three pots of varying sizes. Recently I’ve also put up a mini greenhouse so watering the seedlings was next on my agenda as the weather started to look gloomy.
It was at this point I decided to drive over to the club and do some other jobs that I’d put off for far too long. I loaded up my tools as well as the recharged batteries and headed off. It was showery but again my four hour visit was productive.I managed to repair the storage box roof at the back of the cabinchaletshed with the the help of some timber i had stored and also put some new felt on making it waterproof once again and as good as new.
Next as the rain fell I headed indoors and put up the TV on a wall with the aid of a movable bracket finally after clearing out the backbox I headed home to do some more jobs. The jobs I had in mind were plumbing in a Water Butt (it filled up later in the week and didn’t leak),cutting the grass and finally I watered the Plants as the sun shone brightly.
Then it was time for dinner so much for a relaxing day off
“I am only a naturist because I love the comfort of wearing no clothes”
Today Saturday May 6th 2017 is officially the 12th World Naked Gardening Day so why not celebrate it in style…naturally.
Gardening is a great way for someone to become at one with nature. So each year on the first Saturday of May, gardeners are permitted to strip off and share their desire to be one with nature and to experience its bare essence.
Organizers of World Naked Gardening Day, encourage gardeners to wear their birthday suits instead of their gardening garb while engaging in this popular hobby.
“Why garden naked? First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude,” the World Naked Gardening Day website says. “Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment.”
So, what if you want to ditch your clothes on World Gardening Day yet you still want to put on gardening gloves and a sun-shielding hat?
“There are no rules!” Mark Storey, who co-founded World Naked Gardening Day in 2005, said. “If I’m gardening naked and if I need to have a hat on or shoes on, that’s fine. People are pretty rational about that stuff. This is not a religion.”
OK, so there are no rules. But is there some sort of protocol for group or solo participation? Nope. Organizers of World Naked Gardening Day say you can tend to the tomatoes in the buff if you’re alone, with friends, with family, with a gardening club or with any other group.
“All that’s involved is getting naked and making the world’s gardens — whatever their size, public or private — healthier and more attractive,” organizers say.
Although World Naked Gardening Day is a pretty carefree event, we do know that there are places all over the world, where the environment is more hospitable for clothing-free gardening in the great outdoors.
By the way, no matter where you’re planning to go au naturel in the garden, be sure to apply sunscreen — everywhere.
Also, check your community’s nudity laws before shedding your clothes outside. Oh, and be careful with those garden tools.
With all the preparatory work done in the garden over the last six weeks the came over the weekend to actually get to work stocking it up with a few plants to brighten things up a bit. Not having much spare cash we visited the supermarkets and discount chain stores to see what bargain they had rather than visit the garden centres despite their knowledge and skilled advice.
Grow Your Own Plant Food £1.98 each Sheers £6.00
There are real bargains to be had knocking pounds off RRP of the more well known brands. As this is the first time we grown anything we’d rather not risk the money we haven’t got and just see how well we do in our fledgling year.I’ve been working hard recently so most of my free time has been spent doing jobs in the garden and while I’ve been keeping notes even my blogging time has suffered a little.I’ve bought a few books over the last year or so but all the written information and advice can never really make up for the trial and error experience of doing things yourself.
When it comes to gardening, there are many individuals who wonder why they should even bother. Growing in a garden may take a lot of time and hard work; however, there are a number of benefits to gardening. To determine if growing a garden would be the perfect activity for you, you are advised to fully examine these benefits. After that examination, you should be able to decide whether or not gardening is an activity that you would enjoy.
One of the many benefits of gardening is that you can design your garden however you want. There are a large number of individuals that choose to grow flowers, plants, or vegetables; however, you do not have to choose just one. If you desire, you could have your garden be a collection of plants, flowers, and vegetables.
We’ve decided to start with a few plants and a tree but hopefully given some good luck we might turn our hand to vegetables too.
So far the list of plants we’ve put in is as follows:
People often surround their house and garden with a hedge. Common hedge plants are privet, hawthorn, beech, yew, leyland cypress, hemlock, arborvitae, barberry, box, holly, oleander, forsythia and lavender. The idea of open gardens without hedges may be distasteful to those who enjoy privacy. Garden sharing, where urban landowners allow gardeners to grow on their property in exchange for a share of the harvest, is associated with the desire to control the quality of one’s food, and reconnect with soil.Also popular are allotments especially in built up urban areas.
Also gaining popularity is the concept of “Green Gardening” which involves growing plants using organic fertilizers and pesticides so that the gardening process – or the flowers and fruits produced thereby – doesn’t adversely affect the environment or people’s health in any manner. As you can see I’ve tidied up the garage too.
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