Friday, 8 August 2014

Sorting out the blog

Well I'm not happy with Google & Virgin media. I don't know if any of you are with Virgin but after Google took over Blogger & you tube they stopped people using their virgin e-mail accounts to access their products. Basically they just want every one to use their gmail, so I had to take the plunge & open a gmail account. I am not happy that Virgin (a massive company) did not stand up for their customers.

So I am finally back on line, however as I am now using the gmail account for the blog I will not get any comments sent directly to my laptop & will only see them here.

So what has been going on in the garden? not much really. I still haven't finished stripping the old paint off the garden furniture, just been so tired.

The runner beans are sky high, been picking them daily but still manage to miss some which end up getting stringy (yuck).

The French beans bush type were a waste of time although a nice purple colour, the climbing type have produced leaves but hardly any beans. Every year I say I won't bother again but at least they don't go stringy when left.

There are 4 lots of potatoes, 2 in tyres which are doing really well with the top growth & the other 2 are in the pots I used for my sweet potatoes last year.

Tomatoes are doing well, I have Garten Pearl in baskets which are just not stopping. Then I have some plum types which I want to use to make sauce with. These are still green, probably had about 4 off so far. Now I did put them into the slow cooker to make puree with but unfortunately I left it on overnight & well..... Never mind, there are plenty more waiting to ripen.

The blueberries are finished, they made 4 jars of jam for mum. The raspberries are almost done, 8 jars of jam made considering most were stolen by the dogs. Didn't get many strawberries but the ones we did get were eaten straight away.

The best has been the cucumbers, I really love Socrates F1. All female, smooth & sweet. So worth growing as they perform wonderfully, even outdoors. We have had so many that we haven't been able to get through them all.

The weather has been very hot & sticky. Today it rained really hard, I had to unblock the drain as we were getting flooded. Luckily it soon drained away. It's still wet & raining now but not as bad. Stupidly I went out to the bin in it & got soaked. We have had a few good thunderstorms this summer which have looked spectacular.

There won't be much chance of getting out into the garden this weekend, the forecast says the rain will continue.

Rain stopping play
 The dog had dug a hole, again, which is hidden under the plastic cloche in an effort to stop her. I have now removed the wire which was along the left border & managed to tidy up to the road cone, so far I haven't caught her on there.

my little grow space
 I have plans for the top end but haven't had time nor money to get it sorted. I really need to fence it all off & level it as the whole garden slopes.

apples & raspberries along fence
 This year & last year the dog has eaten the berries & ripped the plants so I really need to put these somewhere where she can't get to.

Potatoes growing really well
 The type on the right are Roosters but the on left I used normal potatoes that had started to sprout (not seed potatoes). I don't know what type the were but I always have success doing this. There is no blight at all.

 I have 2 Braeburn apple trees but for some reason the fruit alternatively rather than every year. They are not ready for picking yet but are getting juicy & fat.

sweetcorn in pot
 Now I have grown my sweetcorn like this for 2 years now, I don't get may cobs but the one's I do get are lovely & big. We have already had a cob off & Dale said it was lovely. I followed my friends recommendation of cooking it whole in the microwave for 4 minutes, then cut the end off & squeeze it out. So much easier than all that peeling.

Garten Pearl
The baskets dry out really quick & need watering twice daily but there are loads of fruits, the only downside is they are very small.

I did raise the raised beds but I still need to fill them with more soil, that will have to be done when there is nothing in them. I have lost a blueberry bush to the dreaded vine weevil so that will have to be replaced at some point.

I can now start to catch up with everyone's blogs.


  1. Everyone seems to manage to harvest more blueberries than us.

    You can set up your gmail account to send all the mail to a different account. In Gmail setting go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP and set it to forward mail to your preferred account and to delete Gmails copy.

    1. Thanks, it appears to have done that automatically. But I will have a look as I couldn't find the POP/ImAP settings to put it directly into my mailbox.

  2. I changed my Blogger account to a Yahoo email address, just because I didn't want to pander to Google's whims and go to their gmail. I was peeved that they gave such little notice of their plan, too.

    Looks like your garden has been keeping you pretty busy. At this time of year it's mostly harvesting though, which is pretty satisfying.

    1. I totally agree Mark, I only used the gmail as I had looked at others & I really don't like Yahoo's layout. However I have to say that I'm impressed, still abit peeved but it's actually working out ok.

  3. It's really quite depressing how I keep going to all my favourite blogs and see how wonderfully everyone is getting on in their gardens this year when mine is so meagre and behind. It is totally my own fault for being disorganized but it doesn;t stop the envy as I look at all your fantastic pictures!!

    1. Thanks, I was thinking I was way behind. I didn't get as much in as I wanted. No sweet potatoes this year either & I have lost a blueberry to vine weevil.
      I think runner beans always make it look like you have lots growing.

  4. Liz your garden is beautiful! I had seen where Ms. Belle had mentioned her digging adventures......Are these pictures looking form your house, or from the back towards your home? Amazing. I hope to grow more next year!

    1. It's standing at the back door looking over the back garden. It stops at the fence just behind the greenhouse & shed. I need to get a new shed & try to section it all off from the dogs.
      The first bit is a little patio area well really a wide path, and to the right of the house is a deck & pond. Then there is about 50ft to the end, most of it is grass but I will be sectioning off a bit more at the top for the veg & fruit, that way I might get some more raspberries & the dogs will get less.

  5. omg- i am wow'd you are awesome, and an inspiration. your garden is beautiful!