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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:46

Today is feeling quite an odd day. Took Reggie to the vets to collect some worming tablets and have him weighed (he's only gained one 1kg - where the devil he's putting all this food we give him I've no idea!! I'm a little concerned although its entirely possible he lost a lot of weight after his first bath (post weigh in) as the poor devil was so muddy from the kennels! Less long walks, a little more food, worming tablet, and we'll see what happens next month.

Now at work and I've not only lost my to do list but the clipboard it was attached too! Its left me feeling very odd and confused. I have such great plans - but without them written down I've little chance of remembering them. I hope its not with the chilly seeds I was meant to send KEF: someone is going to be in for a shock if they find it for sure!

What's flowering in your garden today?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 07:40

We've got snowdrops and forced tete a tet daffodils. 


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 07:19

Lesley - I have vast quantities of washing and paperwork. Edd can choose which one he'd rather be paid with! 

Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 07:17

That's a really interesting (yet gruesome) idea! Perhaps when the vegetable garden is done I shall be joining you in this experiment Edd.


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 07:10

Morning snuggers!

I hope your appointment goes well Mrs G.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 17:19

I think option two is looking the better option: it minimises the amount of glass on view to both the lawn and the house, while still being practical enough to survive the rest of the plans that are happening with the house / garage. (The second greenhouse is also a bit further away from the Man Shed which will hopefully reduce it being used as a drying area for painting!)

KEF: The p'apple tree isn't terribly big and has been trimmed so that should it wish to produce fruit they wont be falling in the pond (last year we had two). As for leaves we have a net that we fish with daily. The ponds location was chosen more for view and something nice to look at during BBQ season rather than practical responses and isn't ideal! Hopefully this autumn I might be a bit more organised (ha ha) and there will be a strong net placed over it to help keep the leafs out.

Starting to get most chilly now. I really should be thinking about what to make for dinner but truth be told I could happily hide under a blanket and nap. Oooh here comes the snow again.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:53

Bekkie: Reggie sleeps in the hallway with all doors shut to him and the hallway light is too bright to leave on. Now he has a light area (by the front door) and a dark area (under the stairs) to pick from. He slept well yesterday but with 2 1/2 hours of wakking, sniffing, meeting new peoole and dogs, AND a bath we ALL slept well!

 The sun rises to the left (same side as the lawn and manshed) and goes across the school field at the end of the garden. I might need to be careful to ensure large plants go in the second greenhouse to not block little plants in the first! 

The first greenhouse came with the house, the second is actually the other halfs from when he was a little boy! Both need much tlc but being 'up north it will be wonderful to extend the growing season on a few of the kitchen essentials (Not to mention have somewhere warm to hide!)

Lasted five minutes outside: just long enough to bring my potted chives in to give them some fresh soil and put them in the greenhouse to encourage them to get going (I've more in a pot outside that I will be able to alternate with).Currently not snowing but my lord is that wind biting like a sharp thing! 

Playing with ideas for the vegetable garden again. I'm thinking of moving the strawberries into hanging baskets so they're out of the way of the dog. The garden itself will be fenced off so it would work nicely to have the fence behind the greenhouses and around bed 4 Leaving beds 5 and 6 and non edible I.e. doesn't matter if it gets peed on! 

Not that I get many strawberries anyway since I normally end up letting the birds eat them as I just feel guilty!

Ahh here comes the snow again...

My efforts

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 10:53

That is beautiful! 


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 10:52

 Here's my now preferred idea on where to put the greenhouses (all not to scale). It minimises the amount of glass to the lawn (left) and house (below) equally so we're not left with a large area to try and merge in. There will be a gap up the middle for cleaning glass and a water butt (and no doubt all sorts of other useful things that don't belong anywhere else).



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 10:39

Glad I can help Hostafan  I do rather put my foot in things.

Snowing heavily here now so we abandoned any idea of going outside.

 First layout idea for the vegetable garden. I'm trying to minimise the about of glass on view from the house but am now thinking they might be best tucked up next to each other (long sides together). Aside from cleaning being a pain in the rump can anyone think of any issues with them being close together? 

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