Anyway I decided to go out and spend my garden vouchers, so off I toddled to my favourite garden centre.
(Vallen Gardening Vouchers are like book tokens/vouchers, someone buys some as a pressie, you take them to a participating garden centre and spend!!!)
Anyway having had a lovely wander round I still haven't spent them, there where no ducks!!!
Once home I fiddled around making newspaper pots....
Take a tabloid newspaper
1. Fold it in half
2. Fold it in half again
3. and in half again
4. You now need to creat a triangle shape by taking one of the corners and getting it to meet the centre top (I hope the picture explains it)
5. Now fold the top right hand corner over to the left
Repeat step 4 & 5 on the other side so it ends up like this
6. Now fold it both edges so it looks like this
7. then fold in the edges again like this
8. Now turn it over and repeat steps 6 & 7
now this is the way to keep them until you need to use them, if you weigh them down it makes the creases better. To make the pot I fold back both the flaps and carefully put my hand inside
They look flimsey but they work well and they are-bio degradable!!!!
I decided that I should get outside for some fresh air, when I'm out there I always have to find something to do so, I popped the Chinese Artichokes into a pot, I know there supposed to go into the ground ,but where I want to put them isn't ready yet!!
I also bought a Blackcurrant bush for £1 from Wilkinsons, that is now in a pot in the Greenhouse which is alot cooler than the house or shop where it has been for the last few days, but should protect it from the frost
Talking about the greenhouse
the onions are coming along 'too' well
the Brugmansia keeps growing, don't know what we will do at the end of the year, I'm not sure if it will fit back in the greenhouse!!!
and this is what it looks like in the summer, I think you will all realise why I like it so much
and why I'm so protective of it!!!! The tree fern is fine but the one banana that is in the greenhouse looks very dead!! It maybe ok, they have a habit of bursting back into life again, the one plus is the trunk bit has not gone soggy!!!
Changes afoot in the garden:- Ably assisted by my ginger friend
this trellis, arch and fir tree are coming out, the trellis I will reuse further down the garden along with the honeysuckle and rose that are growing up it. From the other side you can see this became a 'dumping ground' and it is really annoying me..
I think clearing everything away will allow more sun into this area. I will use it for 'permanent' crops the few fruit bushes I have, raspberry canes and Chinese Artichokes etc. Once the trellis and fir tree are gone it will actually be quite a large area. I may grow some Jerusalem Artichokes, I know they grow about 6ft, but I maybe able to use it as a cunning way to make it appear the trellis is still there but without taking any sun from the other plants!!!!!!
The chickens are still presenting a problem,as to where we should move them. I will take some photos another day and explain, apparently its going to chuck it down tomorrow, so I don't think I will be showing you then!!!
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