Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Jack's back ! 30.12.08

Welcome back to Reads Retreat.
Old Jack Frost has once again graced the plot with a covering of crisp white coldness, that just makes you want to nip outside and walk across the grass. However, it's still nice and snug inside, so I'll stick to my cup of coffee and central heating.
Hope all my readers have enjoyed a good christmas, and like me I'm guessing you're looking forward to next season's plantings and growing etc. Most of my efforts of late have centered around the Allotment , as there is a monumental amount of work to do there to get the site readied, not least a good few weeks of digging! Thanks then to SS / WTB for buying me a new Spade this Christmas. Other gardening presents were the RHS Encylopeadia of Gardening, and a Note book style garden planner - both from B & E. I'm looking forward to using the latter here at RR, to supplement this blog, and will keep you posted.

That's all for now. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead.


Thursday, 25 December 2008

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Brrrr Winter on it's way! 07.12.08

Welcome back to Reads Retreat, our guide to growing your own veg in Raised Beds.

Not a lot has happened out on the plot in the last week. There's still a fair bit growing: Leeks, Beetroot, Chard, Carrots to name a few, but the garden at this time of year is very low maintenance.

One job that needs daily attention though, is to break the ice every morning in the bird bath. Also keep an eye on bird feeders - keep them topped up or your feathered friends will steer well clear of your garden. More info can be found on the RSPB website.

One thing that really does bug me though; as the growing comes to a close and beds are cleared, is the amount of Cat poo all over the place! Many is the day I've taken great delight in launching it over the garden fences! I think that's ok, as the neighbours have cats and we don't!

I've made a couple of visits to the allotment this week, read the updates at Reads Allotment Retreat.

I've a couple of jobs to do on the plot this week, and hope you will find time to come back next weekend for the next update.

Till then