Tuesday, 29 June 2010

today's treasure

i got to the plot just after 7am this morning and it was very beautiful.
came home with:

this is what a goji berry plant looks like - i sowed some seeds ( from a dried berry bought in the wholefood shop) and they seemed to grow very easily and quickly. these plants are only about 2 months old. my research tells me that they are fully hardy if protected from frost for their first winter and bear fruit after two years. i'm looking forward to tasting a fresh goji berry in 2012.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

this is why the garden makes me so happy ! aside from all the edibles, a posy as pretty as this every day of the summer if i wish.
these are scabiosa, marketed as pincushion flowers in b+q last year, and the pink one in the middle is an aquilegia.
it'll be sweet pea season soon.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

i got the bike, she's called Britney ( she's a Pashley Britannia).
i ha
ve lots to show you, here's fanny's tomato plants
hey got planted out into the greenhouse - we will take care of them for you fanny.

purple peas are flowering

as is the pomegranate tree

some polyculture in action: purple peas on the left, and then a big old mixture of peas, beans, courgette and squash and sweet peas too. the cds really do work to keep the pigeons and rabbits away.

happy sunny little poached egg plants

sweetcorn, variety ' sparrow' we have about 20 plants
and i've been merrily collecting chamomile and elderflower to dry for tea - i really, really recommend picking some elder flowers and making some fresh tea. this is what it looks like (on the right) and you'll recognise the delicious smell

and all this chamomile ! i picked 4 big bunches and strung them up in the greenhouse to dry.