March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
March 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
We made an Easter Ressurection Garden today, inspired by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots’ Easter Garden.
Bear was asleep in the wrap on his daddy – it was the perfect moment for some Mama and Bean time.
A growing tray (didn’t have any food trays to hand)
A plastic cup, cut in half
Skewers and wire ties
Found treasures from last year’s digging
A tiny fushia plant (it was reduced at the store and begged to be bought!)
Following Sun Hats and Wellie Boots’ instructions, we filled the tray with compost. Bean used his hands for this until he decided it might be useful to try a scoop. He tried using one half of the plastic cup but it was too flimsy. He thought a spoon might be better, which it was.
Then we put the plastic cup in place and covered it with more compost to make a tomb in a hill.
Once the hill was done we made the crosses. I’d already cut them to the right lengths, but Bean found it quite fiddly tying the pieces together – so did I, but we managed together! Bean poked the skewer crosses into place behind the tomb.
We planted the fushia off to one side, used bits of our found treasures (pebbles, a couple of old dead (and dried) geranium trunks, a shell, broken tiles and crockery and a couple of pieces of dulled broken glass) to make a path and scenery.
Then Bean sprinkled cress seeds over the hill, round the bases of the crosses, and around our scenery. We were careful not to get any in the tomb or on the path! Finally very very carefully we took turns at dribbling water onto the soil and seeds and the plant so that the soil over the plastic cup didn’t wash away.
The Easter Garden will get one of Bean’s big stones to seal the tomb on Good Friday, and on Easter Day we will roll it away again.
You don’t have to plant cress or a shrubbery 😉 I did because I couldn’t help myself (!), and have got some leafy salad seeds to plant too for once Easter is over so we can carry on growing things!
SH&WB has some great suggested Easter reading too. We might attempt to actually make it to the Library this week and see if we can borrow some books!
September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Quite frankly, I am astonished!!
On a high from finishing digging out the boys’ digging patch, and with my shiney new sieve to use, I thought I’d see what was left in the old potato bags that have been languishing down the garden. Two years ago (I think) I bought a couple of potato bags and some tubers, planted them quite late, looked after them badly, and harvested a tiny handful from one entire bag on Christmas Day.
I pretty much left and forgot about the other bag.
So imagine my astonishment when this haul was uncovered from the other bag today!! For a bag that has been pretty much ignored for the last two years this is incredible.
So, I am inspired to try again. I get regular emails from Thompson & Morgan who I initially bought the tubers from, so I knew that now was the time to plant chitting potatoes to grow for a Christmas harvest.
Baby helped with the sieving by trying to pull out and eat the pretty yellow potatoes, Boy helped by putting the potatoes into his truck when the little dish I’d fetched to put the potatoes in suddenly became far too small.
The soil looked pretty good, there was a lot of old potato matter in there which looked like it would continue to break down into compost. I might start adding my coffee grounds to the potato bags, as well as the potato food I have in the shed.
Once we’d fished out all the potatoes (and a lot of roots which may well have belonged to some big weeds that had been growing in there) we put some of the soil back in – about 8″ I guess. The boys both helped with this!
Then we looked through our haul of potatoes and chose some bigger ones that had “tails” to re-plant. (I threw in the really tiny ones as well.) The boys helped to re-cover the potatoes, and then we watered them in.
I really hope that we remember to go out and take care of them this time.
Which reminds me – Boy came home from our Wednesday toddler group with a carton of cress seeds for me to water…. better go take a look at them!
Tomorrow or Monday I need to strip some of the copper wire sitting in a pile outside the kitchen and coil it around the base of the bags, stop the slugs and snails getting to my spuds… I’d rather not have to resort to pellets, not with Charley’s taste-testing habit of full at the moment!
September 19, 2012 § 2 Comments
Dig dig digging, just keep digging…
I finally dug up the digging patch today! My back is going to pay for it but I think it is going to be well worth the effort.
The boys helped of course. Initially Boy was indoors watching a movie and asked if Baby could stay with him, but Baby had other ideas and made a noise like a siren going off to alert Daddy to the fact that he’d rather be outdoors. He didn’t half wail when I walked back into the living room with him to fetch his jumper, he thought I was going to put him down again! He stopped as soon as I opened the back door though, and started his little happy yapping as he followed Boy outside 😀
So Boy dug, and helped kinda; and Baby tried to eat the dirt, and hit it with a rake, and climbed in and out of the slowly (very slowly) deepening pit, shrieking little happy shrieks in between mouthfuls of dirt. I’m so glad I’m finally getting round to removing as much rubble as possible from that patch.
Two huge tubfuls of rubble later (including a large amount of broken glass) and a massive mound of soil and worms, and I think we’re done. There’s about 6″ depth of digging done on average, which I think is plenty deep enough to grow things from bulbs, and to dig around in. I’m going to bury treasure in it on occasion too, I found an awesome idea for dinosaur eggs somewhere!
It took a good couple of hours to dig out this pile of earth. Mainly because I had to keep stopping to allow Baby to climb and slide down Mt Mudslide, and to allow Boy to help…
I still can’t believe he was happily trying to eat dirt.
Tomorrow I’m going to get them to help (them? who am I kidding, Baby’s just going to try and eat it again) scoop the sieved soil back into their pit, and then we can add the coffee grounds and crushed eggshells and dig it all in.
I am honestly shocked at how much coffee we get through! When you’re tipping filters full of grounds straight into the compost bin you don’t really notice how much you’re getting through. When you start saving the grounds ready to add to soil, and are filling bowl after bowl, it’s quite astonishing! Was pretty happy to see a notice in the supermarket cafe yesterday offering their used coffee grounds free to anyone who wanted. Might ask for some next time we’re there!
I did save some bits of rubble though. There was a bit of broken pottery and tiles, and some pretty stones, and a couple of huge bent rusty nails so I think once they’re cleaned up we’ll start a treasure box and once we’ve got a fair amount we can have a go at making those cement tiles.
In the meantime there are a few things we could try growing. As well as daffodil bulbs, we could plant garlic ready for spring, and onions too. Potatoes need to go in their own bag really, maybe that’s a job for this week as well, to tip out the old potato bags and start again. If we plant potatoes now they could be ready for Christmas which is just a little bit exciting!!