Saturday, 19 July 2014

My bank holiday work (part 3 of 3)

I worked on 14b over this lovely elongated time off with my Hubby. We have been thinking again about keeping it *sigh, everyone rolls their eyes*. We've realised that without it we wouldn't have our pumpkin bed, or the rhubarb, blackberries, all the cut flowers we've invested in or room for that potager garden Andrew really wants now that the back garden here is finished etc.

So...
Tuesday 15th July
We still only really touch the lower half of the plot as the top half has the pumpkin patch and not much else to worry about. There had of course been some work done already but as I said yesterday, I didn't have my camera with me only my phone and the battery was hanging on for dear life. Hence, there are no photos of my work until Tuesday, which is fine by me as when you see the before and afters I do have here you may need a cup of tea to calm down :)

* My first task on Tuesday was to clear the poor roses and dahlias; I hadn't been over there in weeks and WOW! it was a disaster. All that lush green wasn't new happy growth on the plants as I thought, admittedly from a far, it was a weed infestation!
There is still more work to do along the left hand side but Andrew weedkiller-ed the rest of the back patch - I mean look what is right on the other side of the divide! It's simply a wild meadow over there and I just can't keep on top of all those seeds and weeds coming through! Arrgh. I hope this half plot gets a new owner soon.

* The next job was to tackle the very much failed summer raspberry bed. What a disaster - the newest canes didn't take and whatever disease they had attacked the other older summer raspberries and now we have just one plant and a few offshoots :(
then 

Utterly back breaking work but so worth it I hope, if nothing else it looks better than it did :) Those paths have weedkiller on them too, the grass and dandelions and thistles are so deeply rooted under the black membrane it would be impossible to ever be rid of them otherwise! I'm pretty sure it's organic weed killer so don't go writing nasty comments, ;)

* I also picked more, yes more, red gooseberries and made another batch of jam/jelly/ to put away. These plants are just givers alright, though I had to frighten a bird away from this one, he was only scavenging on the ground but I had things to do :)

I have lots of pretty pictures to show you of the flowers in the plots and stuff just around the place but maybe I've said enough over the past few days ~ don't want you getting too bored with me!

Love and hugs
Your
Carrie

16 comments:

  1. Lol you make me laugh, just keep it!

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    1. Haha, I kind of think we will....for now! xx

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  2. Great work - we have been retrieving our plot rose from a weed infested bed too - enter weed control fabric. I think we are keeping the manufacturers in business.

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    1. That weed fabric is cool but my Lottie is just too much of a match for it. It just gets trashed in no time! We have weeds that take their vitamins and work out at the gym!

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  3. My plot also had we'd infestations it's my first year and it's a learning curve for me. Keep it up.

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    1. Your first year!! Oh how cool, this is our 6th but only the 3rd for this 14b plot..it's a disaster, already was when we took it on. Xx

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  4. Honey I'll never get bored with reading your blog, so bring on the flowers and other stuff. I can imagine your quandary over 14b. The top half of my plot has the fruit, and if I ever gave it up there's lots I would miss. How lovely to have plenty of flowers for picking as well. You're both doing really well on the second plot, maybe it's worth hanging on in there. I'll look forward to seeing how it all goes. CJ xx

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    1. We have ideas for 14b and I know the minute we give it up for good we'll want it back/ be mortified at what the new owners do! Haha xx

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  5. Carrie girl .... OMG !!! .... that is a lot of work to do and wow ... you and Andrew have been doing so much to keep it going . It looks amazing in that after shots ... and having wonderful flowers to cut and bring home is such a treat : ) .. so do you have a pumpkin picked out for Halloween yet ? LOL
    Well done you two or three , can't forget Maggie !
    Joy

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    1. Oh the other half plot is a challenge alright but its good to not get too settled, right? No the pumpkins are too small to pick a Halloween one yet..You and your Halloween - its a season that makes me think of you xxx

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  6. Wow! You've been busy and productive! Love the shots of the lottie and all your lovely produce. After the great potato pics I've been trying to figure out how to fit them the in.....hmmmm.

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    1. You can grow spuds in bags and tall tubs...there's always room!! :)

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  7. Well done on the plot tidying! There's nothing more encouraging than seeing results. Sometimes, I've spent hours in my garden and when I'm done, I can hardly tell by looking!

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    1. Take before and afters - I always do. If I don't I can't see my where my time is gone! xx

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  8. What a lot of work you have been doing - and what an achievement - love seeing the before and after photos.

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    1. Before and after photos are my favourite things :) I love to see where all that effort and sweat has gone! x

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