Saturday, 5 April 2008

Busy Saturdays

Sorry it's been a week since I updated, been busy working and doing house stuff, I was hoping with the lighter evening's (hooray!) I might actually be able to post more often, but not so far!

Anyway, this morning we were at the garden center again (much to Richard's delight), after some reading up on the net I had discovered that the 'Bluecrop' blueberry I brought and planted last week needed another blueberry to cross pollinate, needless to say this was an excuse to run right out and buy another bush! so we nipped out to pick one up.

Luckily they only had one left and it was a 'Goldtraube' which is great for planting with the 'Bluecrop'.

I cant wait till they start fruiting! fingers crossed we'll get a few berries this year but most fruit's need a year or so to settle in, anyway they now have a nice new home at the bottom of our garden.

While we were at the garden center I also picked up a new herb, a 'French Marjoram' don't know to much about these but I like trying out new herbs in the bed and this one is a Mediterranean herb which likes full sun and can cope with a water shortage, apparently it can be used in lots of cooking so I'll give it a try and see what happens.

It's lovely to see that so many things are coming to life in the garden, Richard's rhubarb has finally decided it's not going to die, it was touch and go for a bit as I moved it a few months ago to make room for the peas. We made a forcing pot for it out of an old galvanized bin someone of freecycle gave us, Rich cut a hole out of the bottom and we put it over the crown.

Look, magic!

Am having to stop Rich running out and picking the lot to make rhubarb crumble (his favourite).

The raspberry's are coming along nicely, these are also a first for me although my grandparents used to grow them in their back garden so I have lots of memory's of picking tubs full, I cant wait to do the same with my own. These also came from freecycle (as has the redcurrant bush, the grape vine, the strawberry's and loads of flower cuttings), I'm so grateful to these generous people without whom our garden would be pretty bare!


Paul and Melanie said...

Its looking great! :)

wish my rhubarb was as far on as that! I'm starting to think I'll never get a crumble!

Pugskin & Ratskin said...

Thats a really good idea with the forcer, must do that myself!