Sunday, February 15, 2015

Back again...

It's been an awfully long time since I last blogged and, to be honest, I don't know if I will keep up the enthusiasm or whether it will all peter out again. Having said that, my enthusiasm for sharing my crafty endeavours has been reinvigorated by my increasing need to be less of a consumer and more of a producer. So this blog will now include not only my spinning and knitting but also cooking and gardening.

In May last year, G and I moved to a rented house in Banbury and I love the house! Look at the lovely cooker! The downside is that it has a very small, north-facing back garden and a minuscule front garden that at least has the benefit of facing south and contains a cherry tree and a pear tree in the front border/hedge. The pear is either Conference or Concorde and I did get to try one pear last year before someone pinched them all! That won't be allowed to happen again this year! Not sure about the cherry, the birds got to the fruit before I could check to see if it was ornamental or edible. I might have to try netting it this year.

The most exciting bit of news is that I am on the waiting list for an allotment! The very nice lady at Banbury Town Council said that I would probably get one this year as the list is quite short and lots of people give up their plots when the renewal notices go out in March.

Of course, I can't wait to hear whether I'll get a plot so I am planning and planting the veggie containers for the back garden with the hope that I will be able to transplant it all come April! About a month ago I sowed some tomato and basil seeds which have come up. The tomatoes are Gardener's Delight, a cherry tomato, and Tigerella which has a striped skin, the picture on the seed packet looks like an apple! I sowed six seeds of each and have had five of each come up.

The basil is a lot less far along than the tomatoes, still only the first two, not proper, leaves but I think nearly all the seeds have sprouted. I sowed two types, Red Leaved and Sweet Green.

This week I've sowed some Chillies - Razzamatazz (hot), Peppers - Colour Spectrum, Cucumber - Marketmore 76, Spring Onion - North Holland Blood Red, Brussels Sprouts - Evesham Special, Radishes - French Breakfast 3 and finally some Peas - Meteor. The cucumbers, chillies and peppers along with the tomatoes and basil will live on the dining room window sill as that faces south and gets loads of sun but all the others have moved out to the covered grow rack thingy I bought from Homebase yesterday. I'm tempted to call it my polytunnel!

I've also finished two pairs of socks so far this year.


1 comment:

Daisy said...

Fingers crossed you get the allotment!