Leafyleith's Blog

June 6, 2009

Hoe, hoe, no!

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A fundamental novice gardener error has been made at Leafyleith. Because space is a bit tight in the veg patch, I have to admit I didn’t exactly follow the instructions on the seed packets. How much space does a carrot actually need, I asked myself? I’ve now learned why space is kind of important.

Unless you want to be on your hands and knees weeding with a trowel, then always leave at least a hoe’s width between rows. It’s not rocket science and it’s what will be happening in Leafyleith come 2010.

Weather-wise May was a sensation. Me and the plants were loving it. That’s the reason why I haven’t been inside in front of the computer. It’s been so marvellous, we even had the parasol up for two days in a row and Leafyleith had its first harvest.

radishes

I ate a couple of these whoppers earlier and they were delicious, delicious, delicious. It’s exciting stuff – for me, anyway.

This afternoon I invested in some pea and bean mesh from a shop in Portobello. I thought it would be simple. I only had to string up about a two metre distance. Told you, space is tight at Leafyleith. Boy, was I wrong.

What a fankle I got myself in. It took me about two hours. Shed and Lawn Man says it looks fine, but I am not convinced. And I am not sure the RHS will be happy with my efforts either. It’s horrible green, plasticky stuff, I wish I’d gone natural and just used old branches. 

pea-support

Top tip: those little Gu chocolate pots are not only delicious but they stop you poking your eye out on a bamboo stick, as well.

I planted some runner beans a couple of weeks ago and had them in individual pots in the grow-house. The books say not to be hasty with runner beans and, for once, I followed the rules. A weekend inspection showed there were tiny cracks in the soil and, low-and-behold, another inspection four days later made my heart skip a beat. They’d grown about 15 cms and had fully established sets of leaves. Result! So I’ve planted them out with some sweetpeas for company and they seem to be growing a treat.

runner-beans

The rhododendron has come alive over the last couple of weeks and is looking completely amazing. Photos don’t do it justice and a neighbour says its the best he’s ever seen it (but I think he was just trying to make me feel good). The bees are loving it. It’s Bumble Bee Central out there.

rhody

April 4, 2009

Let the gardening commence

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 4:06 pm
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Feeling quite excited about the onslaught of spring and have been doing some prep work over the last few weekends.

I found this photo of the place when we moved in last year. So hopefully there will be some sunshine on Leith this summer and the place will just get better and better.

 

Leafy Leith July 2008

The daffodils that I planted last November are still blooming. Can’t say the same about the snowdrops but somebody told me they take a couple of years to establish, so better luck next year, I guess. I spotted the beginnings of some alliums poking through the other day and the red lavender is beginning to sprout some new growth.

The back garden is weeded and have planted some honeysuckle and clematis. This should cover the back wall along with a couple of flame flowers and a boston ivy – going for a red theme out back.

I’ve germinated some sweet peas and potted them up tonight. The sunflowers and poppies and the bee magnet seeds are in the ground already.

A little lean-to growhouse arrived today so once that’s erected I will be all set to go.  Got some seeds in the post from Mr Fothergills… 

Sadly, a cat seems to think my soon-to-be veg patch is a giant litter tray, so I have to work out how to get rid of him.

So that’s me for now. I’m planning to use this as my online gardening diary, thought it was a great way of keeping track of what’s going on.

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