Posts Tagged ‘garden’

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?

Mow lawns hoe water

September 6, 2021

Lawns mowed. I am still on lower cut, surprised how much grass cut.

Several loads of grass. I ensured not the mistake of last time lawns mowed, not all went on the compost heaps.

Plants watered. They needed it.

Around the plants, soil hoed, though no weeds.

A hot day, next two days hotter, then thunderstorm maybe on Thursday.

Good deed of the day: A lady pulled up, smiled, waved, got out of her car. I assumed it must be someone I know, though no idea who. She was looking for a bungalow. I explained where to find what I thought she was looking for. I asked her to help herself to apples, windfalls. She gave me a jar of Washingborough honey to say thankyou.

Mowing weeding hoeing watering

August 4, 2021

Lawns mowed last Thursday, heavy torrential rain Friday, six days since last mowed and yet very little grass cut.

Soil is starting to dry out.

Hoed, a few weeds pulled. The plants watered.

Runner beans picked on Sunday. Already too big and old, and yet previous weekend tiny.

Cannot believe the size of two courgettes, the size of marrows. Maybe I should have picked sooner. Maybe they are marrows not courgettes. Never grown before therefore no idea.

  • PHOTOS Mowing weeding hoeing watering

Hoeing and watering

July 22, 2021

A very hot day.

Wizz round, hoe, water, and that is it.

Digging out compost bins

July 7, 2021

Hard work.

The assumption, put grass, weeds, kitchen waste in the top, dig fresh compost out of the bottom.

Not quite. Digging away inside. Clumps of barely rotted grass, fibrous compost.

Barely rotted grass toss back in the top. Fibrous compost spread around courgettes.

Compost heaps are living organisms, communities of compost worms (Not earth worms) and microbes. Treat as living organisms, feed and take care of, and will be rewarded with rich compost.

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