Posts Tagged ‘grass’

Rain rain rain

Rain rain rain ....

It must be said that it has been raining since the 1st of November and it has not stopped inbetween. That of course is not totally correct, we have had snow, ice, and one or two days of no rain. I do believe that while some in the country were having their first white Christmas for some years, our Christmas day weather was a mild 10 degrees centegrade and sunny. On Boxing day, it started on the rain again.

The front garden then has remain mostly in it’s flooded state. When it stops raining the flood goes away, but when it starts it soon comes back. We are not yet at the stage of putting scaffolding planks up to the door for visitors to walk across. Nor are we at the stage where a couple of years back the water was well over the first step, T&J spent the after need in deep water playing with their giant bath rubber duck on our new "lake".

We are at the stage however of wishing for spring and something a bit more cheerful. Before then though, we have the nothingness that is January coming up…

Rain Rain Rain…

Rain rain rain ....

It must be said that it has been raining since the 1st of November and it has not stopped inbetween.  That of course is not totally correct, we have had snow, ice, and one or two days of no rain.  I do believe that while some in the country were having their first white Christmas for some years, our Christmas day weather was a mild 10 degrees centegrade and sunny.  On Boxing day, it started on the rain again.

The front garden then has remain mostly in it’s flooded state.  When it stops raining the flood goes away, but when it starts it soon comes back.  We are not yet at the stage of putting scaffolding planks up to the door for visitors to walk across.  Nor are we at the stage where a couple of years back the water was well over the first step, T&J spent the after need in deep water playing with their giant bath rubber duck on our new "lake".

We are at the stage however of wishing for spring and something a bit more cheerful.  Before then though, we have the nothingness that is January coming up…

Dandelions Dandelions

I’ve kept this photo quite large, I like how the little ant is climbing up too.  Just one of the many dandelions in the new grass in the front garden.  Some may not like them and think a lawn full of dandelions looks messy, but for just a couple of days we had a lawn full of them all with the ‘fairys’ still intact.   It didn’t last long, with the wind and with help of Tom and Jack, they soon started to look messy and past their best.

I mowed the grass over the weekend, but left a bit in the middle uncut and unkept.  The seed didn’t really take too well although time will tell, but last year I did sow wild medow flower seed and so I would like to give that a chance this year.    I like the “wild” look, not so much the messy and unkept look – things need to be managed, but managed in a bit of a way that means we don’t end up with a sterile garden.

Autumn Grass Seed

We bought some top soil, the first time ever I had bought it!  Normaly I have managed to find someone on freecycle wanting to get rid of some, but not this.   So, bought a little amount and covered some of the worst areas in the front where the seed just hasn’t managed to get going yet.  If we keep doing this every year, should have quite nice grass after six or seven years!

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First Cut

It has been growing for some months now and it was the first time ever to cut it using a lawn mower.   The bloke next door suggested, as I was putting the seed down, that when I mow the lawn all I will do it rip out the grass and dig up the left over bits of shingle underneath.   Hopefully then he is now looking at what has been quite successfull.   The grass is in two main bits here.  The top bit which is very very patchy in places was sown in the autumn and it shows that maybe the soil I put down was not thick enough.  The green bit near the bottom I did in the spring with a good thick layer of top soil from someone’s garden, and it has done very well.

I did spend ages pondering about cutting or not as it is meant to have wild flower seed mixed in.  I could see one or two flowers, but the grass was looking a mess and the thought of trying to cut down very long grass sometime later did not please me.  Plus, it is always good to cut the new grass in order to get it going a bit more.   The patchy parts I will re-seed in the autumn.

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@Seven Weeks – Grass

After a numbe of sunny days the grass was not looking good without water, but for the last couple of weeks it has been warm and raining which has been ideal.  The grass seed in the front is going very well indeed, with a small splattering of wild flower seed doing something too it seems.

@Seven Weeks

@Four Weeks

So much going on and so little time to do things!   I have added a whole load of extra things this week, so comments are with the photos.  It has been sun sun sun, hot hot hot all week, which has meant lots of watering although only on the small things.  Everything else has to take their chance, including the new grass seed in the front garden which is a bit of a pity.  I have watered it a couple of times, but it will come up eventually and if it doesn’t then a top up on Autumn will do the job I am sure.

 

Beans – only planted them a couple of days ago so no show as yet: 

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Rhubarb – needs picking, we have made some pies from it already:

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Tayberry – this is a new one this week.  One of the fruit bushes that we got reduced from Woolworths and it seems to have taken and has new growth on it:

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Wild Strawberries – some nice little flowers and some small green strawberries starting to show.  That and the two plants are now multiplying like it is going out of business:

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Blackcurrents – this is the third or fourth year (I forget) and this year the bush never got pruned and so it is really looked after itself.  Mind you, a good growth of flowers appearing:

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Sunflowers – the ones that started it all.  These are no four weeks old and no more slug problems after using pellets.  They are well on their way outside while a couple more are just starting to show inside (to replace the slug eaten ones) as well as two planted directly outside showing now too:

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Potatoes – I managed to get a couple more off freecycle, so now we have four seed potatoes in the pot.  The existing ones the growth was about an inch above the soil, so I have now topped it up with more soil.  The next time I have to do this, it will be at the top:

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Grass – don’t be fooled by the photo, it is actually quite patchy and the hot sunny weather has not helped at all.  Mind you, it does look like it is meant to be there and from a distance is a nice carpet of green. It is meant to rain tomorrow:

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Tomatoes: now repotted and outside:

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Chillies – now repotted outside.  The stones are to keep them upright:

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Clematis is growing very well, about an inch or more per day.  It will soon be up to the wire and off along the fence:

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Amaranthus – I really need to read up on what to do with these:

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Basil – growing nicely and time to repot them I think:

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Cress – more luck this second time and half of it eaten, yum:

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Mini Sunflowers – ready to plant outside:

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Sweetpeas – every single seed seems to have done something which is fantastic:

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Salad – still growing but very slowly, and little bits of it dieing too, not doing too well.  I think we will put some seed outside at sometime:

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