Joyce Goldenlily

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Posted: 16/06/2015 at 11:12

I was so excited during the week to see a swallow and a robin flying in and out of my derelict "old privy" in the garden. I hoped they might both be looking for nesting sites but now I think they were both hunting for spiders etc. I am so disappointed, fingers crossed they might be tempted nex year.

Weeds from surrounding field ruining garden

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 11:08

I wouldn't mind so much if something was done with the fields but they were bought by my neighbour about 5 years ago and he has done nothing with them. There is a type of grass which grows down here which has small bulbils at the base, the stems of the grass are very tough and looks similar to a bamboo. It kills anything it grows near and spreads very quickly, dehydrating the soil and choking other plants with its large fibrous root system and the mat of bulbils on the surface of the ground.

The brambles are rooted in the fields and climb over the banks into my fertile garden soil, rooting themselves on the way and strangling anything in their path. The wild willow is now an almost impenetrable forest in the fields. The tree surgeon who comes to cut my hawthorn hedge each year now has to cut a path for himself to reach my boundary before he can begin work, which I have to pay for timewise.

I keep the hedge cut to give a nesting area for the birds, feed the birds regularly and delight in the wild life which abounds around me but I would like to be able to have a small space of my own to grow fruit, veg and flowers which did not involve a constant war on invasive weeds etc.

I hate  spraying, guess I will just have to move back to suburbia.

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

I just give my plants a good feed in early spring, anything to hand. I also trim off the lower leaves as they get damaged and die off, this helps me to keep the area under the plants clear of weeds. The leaves do seem to curl under before flatteneing out so I do not think you need to worry  Zoomer. However, I would keep an eye on the under side of the leaves to check for any little bugs which may have taken a likeing to them. I haven't started cutting mine yet as they are too small, the main central bud usually grows to grapefruit size before I cut them.

When I cook my artichokes I trim the spiny tips of the scales off, and simmer the heads in boiling water for 20 mins before removing from the pan  then pulling off each scasle to eat the nugget of flesh at the base, before diving into the heart below the flower head, dipping everything into melted, bad for the heart butter.

Mmmm MMmmm!


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:22

I had a furtle around in the pots of my Charlotte and International Kidney potatoes this week-end and found enough small ones for 2 servings.

Delicious! So sweet. I am sure if I had restrained myself I would have had much bigger spuds but couldn't wait.


I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

I want to weedkiller spray the brambles but it is too windy.

Must weed the fruit cage but it is too wet.

Etc. ad nauseum.

Good intentions ...

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

A long time ago now, I went through a bit of a purple patch and was beating myself up about not getting done what needed to be done so I sat down and wrote a list of jobs I felt I should be doing. I used an A4 pad and ended up with 2 columns on 3 pages, before the days of PC's etc.

It was a good exercise as it made me realise I could not possibly do everything at the same time. I used to feel guilty if I was "enjoying" doing jobs in the garden when I ought to be doing something inside the house. Then it was a case of prioritising,  essential jobs first, like cooking meals. I crossed each job off as it was completed. I even pinned the list up on the kitchen wall, hoping someone might offer to help or be persuaded to help, dog walking seemed the only job anyone else wanted to do. 

I never did finish doing everything.

Damselflies Mating

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:46

I have tadpoles for the first time in 5 years.Yeah! Damsel flies have been around, several pairs in couples. I could spend hours just sitting and watching my pond.


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:34

I have just sown 3 varieties of peas, as the seed was last years I have sown 2 peas per cane so fingers. Fingers crossed I get some to eat. 

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:19

Gobe artichokes produce more branches as they mature each year. My plants are now 5ft high with several branches, each carrying a bud. I always pull off a few shoots from around the base each autumn and pot them on, overwintering them in a cold frame, just in case we have a bad winter. The mature plants are stunning, gorgeous foliage and wonderfull flowers which bees dive into head first, wiggling their BTMs in pleasure.

Damage to courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:07

Growing plants in cloches is no protection agains slugs and snails. You will need to put down grit, egg shells or slug pellets to keep your courgettes safe, slugs and snails love courgettes.

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