Sowing, lots of it!

This afternoon has mainly consisted of finding my seedling pots. I thought I packed everything when we moved, but apparently I didn’t.
After a lot of searching I finally found half of the pots I thought I had. Half of it in the attic, the rest in the utility room… I am so disorganised…

Sowing, sowing, sowing

And this is the end result. I’ve used a little greenhouse (on the right) for giant pumpkins and the cucumbers. The little white plastic container is holding carrots. The first wooden bin contains chinese beans, the second 5 sorts of lettuce. On the ground is a box containing peppers, tomatoes, dill and chervil. The little pots in the middle hold garlic cloves. (yes, I’ve thrown out the 9 year old seeds). I think I have enough to feed a small army, so we (and possibly my elderly neighbour) should be alright.
I refrained from sowing the radish as I know it will sprout within hours and the garden simply isn’t ready yet. I’ll sow them in the soil when I’ve got the garden ready.
Typing all this has made me realise I’ve somehow lost the package with beet seeds… See how disorganised I can be? Must find it and sow that too.

Anyway. The plan for the garden is this:

  1. Get the veggie patch leveled and fill in the holes left by the tree stumps last year.
  2. get the 2 rows of tiles out. They are in the middle of the lawned area. Why, we have no idea. They look like a driveway, but there’s no access at the back…
  3. Create a border to keep the grass out of the veggie patch and the soil in.
  4. Plant the hydrandeas as a border between the neighbour’s garden and ours. They’re not big now, but they’ll get big, hopefully.
  5. plant out the seedlings.
  6. harvest what I’ve sowed!

Sounds good to me. Let’s see how long this whole plan will take us.

Sowing seeds, week 1

As promised, an update on my previous post about the 9 year old seeds.

Seeds week 1

As you can see, not much has changed. I’ve watered them regularly, but it doesn’t look as if anything is going to happen. I’ll leave them for another week. If nothing has come up by then I’ll throw them out.

Sowing seeds

A few months ago my elderly neighbour gave me a container with 4 pots, 4 cases of seed (parsley, basil, dill, chives) and a bit of soil. Today I thought it might be a good time to sow them. Only after I was done I noticed there was a date on the package. The seeds were from 2004… I should’ve checked before sowing, but didn’t think about it.

So I’ve now got 4 small pots with seeds that are 9 years old. I wonder if they’ll do anything…

sowing seeds from 2004

I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress.

Through the Window

As I look through the window I see the damp and dreary place that is my garden.

The chrysanthemum that has been flowering for months has lost its flowers and leaves and the storm that was raging last night has made it topple over. As did the Christmas tree that I want to try to keep for next Christmas.
The orange dish I used for the birds is filled with water and a bit of bread crumbs. The back looks like a wasteland of dirt and some pretty persistent weeds.

Next summer that part will hopefully be a veggie patch with berry bushes, strawberry, lettuce, potatoes, onions, bell-peppers, tomatoes and whatever you want.

The place is looking nothing like the bird haven that it was just a couple of days ago. The ground was covered in a light, white dust of snow that just about covered the grass. There were so many birds, fighting for the food I put out. When the bread dish was empty, a brave blackbird knocked on the window. Making it pretty clear he was hungry and wanted food. The magpies were stealing sunflower seeds from the great tits and the blue tits. The starlings were fighting each other trying to get hold of the suet balls. Why I have no idea, because there were more than enough for all of them. We had bush tits, great tits, house sparrows, robins, blue tits, a great spotted woodpecker, thrushes, blackbirds, starlings, doves, magpies, herons, Eurasian jays and even a nightingale.

I loved seeing all the birds in the garden. And while I’m looking out into that dreary place that is now my garden I push myself a little closer to the central heating. For just a moment I let the thing warm me. And just as I want to turn around to go and write this post a robin flies up to the window bird feeder. He looks right at me, his little head tilted a bit as if he wants to tell me he’s still here and he still needs the food I put out…

For more posts on this Daily Prompt, please go here.

Our garden project

Last year, in september we got the keys to our new house. When we came to view it, three times in fact, we knew the garden was overgrown and it hadn’t had much attention over the years. But little did we know what we’d find once we began to clear it…

This is how the garden was when we first came to view the house:

Note the two conifers and the hydrangea on the right. On the left the bushes in the garden of our neighbours are also really overgrown. This picture is from the estate agents.

In February of this year we began to clear to right side of the garden:

 

The hydrangea was a little bit harder to get out, but we managed to do it relatively quickly. It was then that we found 6 tree stumps in the garden. 5 at the far end and one near the fence on the left. At first we thought it would be relatively easy to get them out. Jay worked tirelessly for 3 weeks before he got the first one out:

We then realised it would take ages to get all of them out. But Jay worked on and uncovered the second stump:

A few weeks ago I asked my dad to come over and mow the lawn, as the grass was really, really high and I felt uncomfortable when I saw the neighbours looking at our garden. It was a big mess. My dad came and promised to bring a chainsaw and other tools to help and get the tree stumps out as well. This was how our garden looked before my dad came to help:

The first saturday the mower had decided it needed a vacation and quickly after that the chainsaw decided to follow the mower’s example. So my dad went home and got back the next week:

Jay and my dad even got the railway sleepers out that were hiding under the huge amount of grass:

Notice the strawberry plants on the right and the flowers and berry bushes on the left. I got those from my stepmom.

They took the railway sleepers and the stump that Jay managed to get out to the recycling station and that was about it for that day. The next week, this was last weekend, i had to work. My dad came here early and Jay and he set to work on the remaining 4 stumps (somewhere in the beginning of the year we did get another one out, but it was tiny):

I came home to this, at about 1 pm. After lunch they got out the final stump:

Finally! All stumps removed. The only thing that was left to do was to get all the stuff to the recycling station. Jay and my dad did this yesterday, in the pouring rain. So, now we are left with a huge hole in the back of the garden. The one on the left side (which you can see just above here) is already filled in. There’s only a bit of grass to remove before we can sow new grass. Then Jay’s going to get the tiles that are in 2 neat rown in the middle of the garden and place them as a border at the back. I’ll put the plants I got from my stepmom at the back, so that will be my vegetable patch.

And when we’re ready for it I want to tile the whole grassy area, so we’ll have a great seating area. With lots of pots and hanging baskets and other stuff I’ve seen. I’ll post an update when I’m going to do the vegetable plot.

Oh, and here’s a picture of all those plants I got from my stepmom: