So last week I posted that I intended to garden for at least an hour every night. I did that and I got a lot done. Planted some potatoes in a bag – in this case they’re in two rubble bags – ala Grainy’s Garden and Monty Don
Looks a bit dull but it'll improve with time :)
sown my own living salad in a windowbox – I used some mixed salad seeds so there’s lettuce, rocket and a red lettuce in there and I popped in some spinach too.
They've germinated already!
My strawberry cat is full of pink flowered strawberries
Pink Flowered Strawberry plants
and one of my Giant Pansy seeds has finally germinated. I love pansies so fingers crossed for this one. My sweet peas are slowly climbing up their wigwam
The downs of gardening are that I pulled something in my shoulder while weeding last week and it’s really painful. I’m taking some ibuprofen which is helping a bit but mostly I need to rest it.
I’m still knitting on Edinburgh Rock at lunchtimes and when I watch tv but I still have a way to go as I do with the Twitter Mystery Knit.
Edinburgh Rock in progress
I’ve also been been doing techy makes – I’ve replaced my iMac with a pc that I’ve set to dual boot Ubuntu Linux and Windows and a gorgeously thin aluminum monitor. I’m also now the proud owner of a Raspberry Pi
Lovely Raspberry Pi
– this is a a remarkable small, cheap computer primarily aimed at being an affordable way to get children interested in computer science. I’m running Debian Squeeze linux on it at the moment and will be using it to learn some code myself. 🙂
Before I rediscovered knitting I had another obsession – gardening. I would tend to my garden daily and grew all sorts of things from seed. And then the yarn came a calling and gardening slowly fell off my radar. I was still interested in plants, it just wasn’t an all consuming obsession.
Last year I decided to rent the plot of land that backs onto my garden thus doubling the size of my garden. The plot had never been leased before and was thick with over grown brambles.
You can see the brambles growing beyond my garden wall
I hired a gardener friend in February and she spent two days clearing the worst of it and unearthed a lot of junk that had basically been dumped over the garden wall.
The junk behind the garden wall
The funniest thing she found in there was an unopened jar of picked onions! I had the rubbish taken away and have continued clearing the plot. Doug knocked down the garden wall to unite the two sections.
And the wall was no more
See that blue wheel? That belonged to a manual lawn mower that had been chucked over. I also found a toilet cistern and a rotary washing line.
Slowly getting there. You can see the cistern on the left.
I’m sure you will have noticed that Emma has been supervising the whole operation. It’s still far from finished and I don’t have a great deal of time to get some raised beds sorted so that I can get on with growing some veg – more on that later – but I’m posting these before and after photos not only as a record but as impetus to continue with the work. Doug and I spent several hours working on it on Saturday and most days I can get at least an hour done out there after work before the light fades. I do sometimes wish I had the overnight help of GroundForce but it’s slowly getting there!
Oh and before I forget, there’s another new edition of KnitCast online 🙂