Day in the Life of a Boy..

frog, nature, boysWe spent our day yesterday in the garden, tending our veg, mowing our lawns, digging our pond, and most importantly – loving our frogs 😀

I remember collecting frog spawn as a kid, keeping it in an old washing up bowl in the garden, being thrilled to see the transformation from spawn, to tadpoles, to frogs, then finally releasing them back into the stream we found them in.. Am so hoping our own pond will be used by the frogs next year, and that my little one will get to see the cycle for himself 😀

Vegging and craftiness

So, the last post was all excitement and anticipation – planting the seeds and waiting for the veg to start growing.

Look at it now!

In the foreground we have sprouts, and around those we have a tub of lettuce, lots of different varieties, we also have beetroot, and lots of cabbage, and radish (the dandelions you can see have been the bane of my life recently, but I may attempt to make wine with them – seems a shame to waste something that grows so prolifically in my garden!)

Oh, and the strawberries! How could I forget those?! (Not that you can see them in this pic..) They have lots of flowers, and there are even the beginnings of fruit. Ripe strawberries, front doorstep, early morning, heat and sunshine. Can’t wait!

We haven’t grown much veg before, so this year is all about learning what works best, and where. I over-did the cabbage seeds slightly, so have been giving away a lot of the seedlings, but we have some growing indoors, some in the ground with mini cloches (used plastic bottles) and some in the ground left to fend for themselves. The ones in pots are doing really well, the others a little smaller, but they also have slugs to contend with, ah well, we’ll see..

Currently waiting for new pots to become available are my peppers (still residing on the bedroom windowsill) and we’ve just sown carrots into a large planter, and tomatoes are just sprouting. Don’t like tomatoes on their own, but am looking forward to being able to make sauces for pasta etc from them.

Am becoming slightly addicted to this veg growing lark!

The mystery seeds from the last post turned out to be sweet peas btw!

Burning, wood, vase, flowers

And on a crafty note, this is the latest piece I’m working on. Have been getting back into my pyrography lately, and have lots of ideas for new items to be put in the shop – one of which will be a large ‘Green Man’ burn, looking forward to getting started on that.

I may be exhibiting my burnings at a local gallery at some point in the future – Gallery 36 – but this is still to be arranged. There is some beautiful photography to be seen there, by Ray Worsnop, the Facebook group can be found here.

Self-sufficient-ish

seeds, self-sufficiency, veg, rocket, lettuce, planting, growing

Rocket, living up to it’s name!

Today we woke up to see that our Rocket was already miles ahead of our other seeds! This afternoon, on checking again, we see that our radish is also pushing above the soil! All good stuff!

We started sowing our seeds two days ago – my bedroom windowsill is now looking like a mini greenhouse 😀

We sowed cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, onions, sprouts, radish, lovage, cress, various lettuce, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (sing along..) We need more compost, but as soon as we do we’ll be sowing ‘cut and come again’ lettuce, carrots, and beans.

I won’t have enough room to plant all of the seedlings, so they will be shared amongst my neighbours, community spirit at it’s best.. Now if I can barter them for some joinery work, even better!

We may even have room left for some flowers – we have scattered the poppy seeds Mum gave us, along with Sweet William, and we’ve got Alium and a ‘mystery’ seed (which she didn’t mark – can’t wait to see what it is!) in trays on the kitchen windowsill.

Roll on self-sufficient ish 😀