Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Repairing the lawn

December 20, 2022

Squirrels have been wrecking the lawns.

Yesterday a quick repair job.

Back lawn nothing to the damage done to front lawn.

Walking up the street, lawns in even worse condition.

Tidying the garden

September 7, 2022

I would have mowed the lawns on Sunday, but still large brown patches and did not wish to exacerbate the ill effects of the coronavirus vaccine. I did a little tidying and felt very tired.

Last night, dusk as light failed, filled in bare patches in the lawns with compost, seeded with grass seed, raked away moss.

This morning, continued the raking. Dug over where should be potatoes.

Tiring work, was not feeling too good later

Tomatoes first of the crop

September 5, 2022

Picked yesterday afternoon, the first of this year’s crop of tomatoes.

Greening of a lawn

August 23, 2022

Weeks with no rain, lawns brown, soil like dust.

Several days ago a repeat of a few weeks before, a trowel dug into the ground. Soil like dust to the depth of the trowel.

All that is growing, plants I have watered. Water initially from a water butt, of late tap water.

Last Tuesday, very heavy torrential rain, from mid-afternoon and through the night until early hours of the morning.

A couple of days later, I repeated the exercise, stuck in a trowel. The soil moist to the depth of the trowel.

After a few days, the surface is already dry

Monday afternoon, heavy rain. Sufficient for the soil to be wet. By midday today, the surface was already dry.

I have noticed over the last week, since the heavy rain, localised flash flooding, the lawns slowly turning green.

I should have thought to do so sooner. From today a photographic record of the greening of the lawns.

Mowing the lawns Extreme Heat

August 14, 2022

Extreme Heat warning from Thursday until end of the day.

I should have mowed the lawns early. Late morning through midday, 30C.

Weeks since I last mowed the lawns. Somewhat pointless exercise.

A couple of hours, with rests in the shade.

Later dusk, planted out there pepper plants. What will become of them?

Digging holes, filled with compost, soil dry.

Thunderstorms forecast for Monday. Hit and miss. Either no rain or heavy downpour.

Heavy rain

August 1, 2022

Early hours of Sunday morning, the last day of July, heavy rain.

There must have been a fair amount of rain, The soil was like dust, Sunday wet for a couple of inches down, but dry below.

A terracotta pot, the plate below, full of water. This usually only happens in the winter.

But still too dry to spread compost.

Today, the surface dry.

July 2022 driest July on record.

Two weeks ago, the hottest day on record, 40.3C.

Tonight, or at least early hours of the morning, more heavy rain forecast. But it is going to take a couple more nights of heavy rain for the water to penetrate deeper.

Sunday, a couple of Seven District takeaway cups tossed on the compost heap. Picked up from Picnic Social last week.

Mowing the lawns

July 4, 2022

A couple of weeks since lawns last mowed. To be pedantic, 14 days.

Usually this time of year, lawns would be mowed more often than once a week.

Lack of rain, very dry, grass not growing.

Lawns are not looking good, marginally better than before I mowed. They need rain, lots of rain.

Last week the gardener cleared a bed. I took the opportunity to plant out plants that needed planting out. Soil very dry, to the depth of a trowel.

Gardener had placed all that he had dug out on the compost heap. I dug out. Temporary in old compost heap. Forked and aerated the compost heap. Will now add back little by little.

Runner beans are in flower. I need more beans growing.

Planting out sweetcorn tomatoes squash courgette

June 29, 2022

I picked up sweetcorn plants yesterday, other plants a few days ago.

Yesterday the gardener cleared a border, cut the hedge. The ground cleared, somewhere for the plants to grow.

Digging down the depth of a trowel, I could not believe how dry the soil, more like dust.

Each hole filled with compost. Dug out again, plants planted.

Then watered in. Watered around the plants to soak the dry soil.

Mowing the lawns

June 17, 2022

Drinking Tia Maria on ice until the sun came up. Awake at seven, could not get back to sleep, decided to get up and mow the lawns before it got too hot.

A very hot day, 30C. Highest temperature 33.7 in Suffolk.

Before nine, a cool breeze blowing.

By midday, too hot to garden. Nearly three hours in the garden. Mowing, hoeing, watering, fork compost heap, plant out a sweet peepr.

I have never tried growng pepper. An F1 hybrid. Usually I do not grow F1, the seeds are sterile, or do not grow true. I never save the seeds from peppers, let alone try growing from seeds. An F1 hybrid may be more suited to the climate. All they had in the greengrocer.

A soak in the bath.

On a hot day, hard work, followed by shower of a bath, remain cool for a couple of hours.

Stepping out into the garden like stepping into an oven.

Mowing the lawns

April 11, 2022

Second cut of the season. Rain expected Tuesday.

Female blackbird digging up worms, not bothered by me.

Forked and lifted up compost heap. Pleased to find large numbers of compost worms. Was this because I had transported from two other heaps?

I ached all over, but at least was not feeling rough later. After effects of coronavirus?

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