Tuesday, 26 January 2010

A Bad Day

Don't you hate those days where not matter what you do everything seems to be going wrong, my day started of with me wanting to beat my computer with a very large stick! Why does it decide to go on strike when every I have a lot of work on?! One of life delightful little mysteries evidently.

Anyway my day picked up with the arrival of the post after lunch...



So naturally I dumped my paying work and went to have a look...



Its the first of this years plants from the wonderful Victoriana Nursery's, in this parcel was 6 Polka Raspberry Canes, a Red Haven Peach tree , some Giant Headed Sunflower Seeds and 2 packets of Corn Flower seeds...nice!



I had got the bed prepared for the Raspberries on Sunday, we already had 2 rows of All Gold Raspberries that I got from Freecycle 18 months ago. They have been wonderful, really heavy croppers which has sort of been the problem, with nearly 15 plants all fruiting in September we cant eat the damn things fast enough (yes, yes I know the anwser is make jam!)
So I decided to take out the front row and replace them with an earlier fruiting variety to lengthen our Raspberry eating season (and it gives me plenty of time to learn now to make jam too!!)

Anyway all this led to me order 6 Polka Raspberries, a variety from Poland that fruits on the first years wood (excellent if you are as impatient as me)
So out came my trusty All Golds, to be given away on Freecycle (again)...



and the bed was dug over with some good compost from our bins.



So late this afternoon I managed to get out there and put my new canes in...



and here they are looking all neat!



So the tree will be planted tomorrow as I ran out of daylight to do it this afternoon. I have wanted a Peach Tree forever (because I'm that sad!) but was under the impression I needed a huge greenhouse or a south facing wall to grow it up, but Stephen assures me that my south facing sloping garden with good drainage will do just as well! How exciting!! I can't wait, I don't care if we only ever get 1 fruit of it!

So a bad day that managed to get slightly better, phew!

3 comments:

steelkitten said...

Now that is impressive! You're making me feel guilty for the hellhole my garden has descended into. The chickens are destroying it at the moment.

My Kids Can said...

I have been looking at the Victoriana Nursery website for a while. Are they any good? I know of lot of other bloggers swear by them. http://www.yorkshirelavender.com/the-compost-heap-blog

Lucy @ In the Sky With Hens said...

Thanks Kat, I now have some Polka raspberry canes of my own! I will be blogging about it soon, and *hoping* that maybe later this year I'll be able to make raspberry jam at least...

By the way, could you drop me an email (address is on my smallest smallholding blog). Just wanted to ask you something work-related :)