like much of the rest of the nation, i’ve spent a good portion of the Easter break out in the garden – and i’ve been loving every moment of it too! Unfortunately, most of my work is not really exciting in the sense that you can see instant results (like digging over a bed) but still, in the long run, it will – i hope – have results.

two rows of dwarf peas - douce provence and kelvedon wonder - germinated in loo roll tubes, planted out along with sacrificial marigold/cornflower seedlings.

two rows of dwarf peas - douce provence and kelvedon wonder - germinated in loo roll tubes, planted out along with sacrificial marigold/cornflower seedlings.

So, this weekend i did:

  • planted out 2 rows of dwarf peas that had germinated in loo roll tubes in the cold frame – douce provence and kelvedon wonder – in bed 2, and a row of bunyard’s exhibition broad beans in bed 4. (see pictures)
  • Sowed a couple of rows of bunyard’s exhibition and sutton the dwarf broad beans, and a couple rows of dwarf peas – meteor, kelvedon wonder and douce provence, and many sugarsnap pea seeds around the wigwam, all directly into the ground.
  • repotted a largeish rosemary plant i had bought before christmas. It was starting to get quite pot bound, and i’ve repotted it into a lovely metallic container. hopefully there’ll be enough drainage, and the plant will be happier there – it certainly wasn’t terribly happy in the pot it came in.
  • pricked out a seed tray with cornflowers, nigella and marigold seedlings, which are now outside.
  • weeded 6 large pots and replanted bulbs and existing plants from the pots, ready for them to take courgettes and french beans when the time comes.
  • started hardening off a tray full of radish, beetroot, rocket and lettuce seedlings for going out soon
  • spread slug pellets around the garden (not the kind that would kill either hedgehogs or jess) – hopefully between them, slug traps filled with sugar syrup and the nighttime hunt, it’ll keep the numbers under control this year. I did plant out a sacrificial marigold and a couple of cornflowers between my two rows of pea seedlings to see how well they’re working.
  • repotted a lily – god knows how its alive. Its grown in a pot that’s far too small for it, and only half full to boot, and a pot that’s had the same compost in it for about four years running. And yet, the bulb has grown faithfully year after year (although not with flowers, i hasten to add). Maybe now i’ve given it a bigger pot, full of fresh compost, it’ll reward me with a display of flowers.
  • pricked out 6 courgettes into larger pots. hopefully they’ll keep happy for a while in there.
  • repainted nettles with more weedkiller. They weren’t dying off fast enough for my liking. Hopefully now they’ll keel over and i can plant the nasturtiums in their place to grow up the fence.

Tomorrow or Tuesday, one day next week anyway, i need to mow the lawn pit of doom, as the grass is growing again (its sneaky like that. Someone come and tell it off for me!). I’ve more seeds to sow as well, although i’m not quite sure where to put them. I might have to start hardening off the sweetpeas so that they can go onto the staging until i’m ready to plant them out. And once the bluebells are done blooming, i’ll dig up the bulbs and move them as well to a new spot.. its never ending!

I’m now physically very tired, aching all over, which is a good sign i’ve overdone it, and i could use a good snooze on the sofa. Which i can’t do cos i’ve got a roast in the oven, and i’ve got to go peel spuds in a bit for roasties. still. An early night for me, i think!

More photos of this weekend’s work behind the cut, of course.

broad bean (bunyards exhibition) seedling, germinated in a loo roll tube, now in the ground.

broad bean (bunyard's exhibition) seedling, germinated in a loo roll tube, now in the ground.

repotted rosemary plant

repotted rosemary plant

area by my gardeners stool in the arbor - against the back wall, L to R - Lavender, marigold seedlings, cornflower seedlings, nigella seedlings, all pricked out.. the loo roll tubes have meteor peas in, and the tray has more nasturtium seeds in.

area by my gardener's stool in the arbor - against the back wall, L to R - Lavender, marigold seedlings, cornflower seedlings, nigella seedlings, all pricked out.. the loo roll tubes have meteor peas in, and the tray has more nasturtium seeds in.

cold frame. the loo roll tubes mostly have sweetpeas in, with a few that have broadbeans in. Im waiting for the broadies to germinate, and the sweetpeas to get a lil bigger before nipping out the tips (to make them get bushier) and plant them out. Also in there are geraniums, nasturtiums, courgettes and some herbs.

cold frame. the loo roll tubes mostly have sweetpeas in, with a few that have broadbeans in. I'm waiting for the broadies to germinate, and the sweetpeas to get a lil bigger before nipping out the tips (to make them get bushier) and plant them out. Also in there are geraniums, nasturtiums, courgettes and some herbs.

mini windowsill greenhouse, full of plug plants. Rocket, radish, beetroot, and lettuce. When theyre big enough and hardened off theyll be transplanted to the garden. the beetroot has a way to go though.

mini windowsill greenhouse, full of plug plants. Rocket, radish, beetroot, and lettuce. When they're big enough and hardened off they'll be transplanted to the garden. the beetroot has a way to go though (beetroot in the foreground).

large tins (ex dog food tins!) cleaned out, filled with compost, and with freesia bulbs in, just germinating. With luck these will give me a lovely display over summer. (Mom: mitts orf!)

large tins (ex dog food tins!) cleaned out, filled with compost, and with freesia bulbs in, just germinating. With luck these will give me a lovely display over summer. (Mom: mitts orf!)

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