Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:16 pm
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All the cool kids seem to be posting about their gardens at the moment so I've decided to jump on the bandwagon. See more under the cut.

So, we moved into this house and it consisted of a badly neglected lawn and that's about it. I can't find the pictures we took for the inventory but there really wasn't anything to see. It has since been transformed with the addition of a bed where it gets most light and lots of pots. On digging up the bed I found that the soil is heavy clay wth patches of REALLY heavy clay, joy. The well established stuff which isn't edible was also there when we moved in (ie (left to right) the unknown srub, silver birch, rose and white jasmine).

It's probably worth mentioning now that everything I planted in a seed tray the first time around didn't germinate thanks to small insects and early frosts. So everthing grown from seeds in trays is about a month behind where I want it to be.

So now it's picture time, good grief these took a long time to upload.

The garden! Here you can see the slightly less crappy lawn, bed to one side, and the many pots.

Potatoes! Yep, the one thing I know I can grow well even in the world's worst soil, so they went in the REALLY heavy clay to try to break it up a bit for the future. These are red duke of york btw which are my favourite grow your own variety of early spuds.

Really small corn-on-the-cob and even smaller rainbow chard. Grow my tiny seedlings grow!

Really tiny purple brussle sprouts and corn (can you see the theme with really small seedlings yet?)

Small french beans, although these guys have got their act together and grown faster. Good on them!

Rhubarb and Rasberries. We're moving into the part of the garden that I didn't grow from seed or seeded straight into the ground. The Rhubard has literally gone insane int eh last fortnight and the rasberries seem to have decided that the end times are upon us and are producing obscene amonuts of fruit to make up for this. I'm not complaining.

Carrots! They don't seem to hate me this year (time will tell...)

Check out the girth on that one! (said the actress of the bishop) Knowing my luck it'll be really short when I get it out (said the actress to the bishop, again) but I can hope!

pots #1 herbs, wild strawberry and more potatoes. I don't know anyone else who gardens around here so just planted the rest of my seed potatoes. The plants seem smaller so I'll have to see how successful it is.

Pots #2 Strawberries and courgettes. The courgettes are also hating the lack of an early start (sigh) and the strawberries and doing ok for being in a pot (I thought they would hate the clay too much.)

This one has even put out tendrils. I can't decide if I should reward it's tenacity or nuke it from orbit. Time will tell.

So yeah, that's the garden. I for one welcome my strawberry tendril overlords **transmission interrupted**

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