The continual rain over the last few weeks has given me an incentive to tackle the inside of the new house. We were waiting for alot of bits to arrive and until they did there wasn’t much we could do indoors, which gave us plenty of time to make headway with the garden before Winter arrives.
Apart from the herbs we aren’t growing much in the back garden yet. But two weeks ago a green shoot appeared.
It’s the first sign of life from the garlic I planted at the beginning of the month! I put 7 cloves in the ground and waited (im)patiently for something to happen – which felt like a really long time even though it wasn’t really.
There wasn’t much activity from the other cloves until the beginning of this week. Other shoots have started to appear and one of the elephant garlic cloves in pots has sprouted too. The soil in those photos looks terrible but I spent ages picking out stones from that bed, then the rain came and washed the soil down and a whole new layer of stones appeared. Lucky me! :)
Do you remember the mint cutting I took in August? I say cutting in the loosest sense of the word because I really just tore a root out of the ground and put it in a pot.
The plant suffered a bit during the move but has recovered and grown into a big pot of mint! Now we have mint again, we can make lots of noodle salad with peanuts, yum!
I finally found a bug in the garden that isn’t a snail, spider or leafroller…we have our first ladybird!
Honeysuckle (I think)
Some sort of creeping plant is growing over the trellis from next doors garden. I think it’s a honeysuckle (please correct me if I’m wrong). I’m hoping that when our new neighbours move in, they don’t get rid of it because it’s one of the few bits of greenery in both gardens at the moment.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time digging over the soil in order to get rid of large stones and bits of junk. I found quite a few pieces of broken pots, tiles and mirrors. Most of them are blue, green or white so I’m keeping all the good ones to make some sort of mosaic with. Not completely sure what it will be yet, I’m going to keep digging and see what else I find before I decide. Possibly a decorative tile or pot. Any ideas?
On the other end of the scale I dug up something not to nice. I was rubbing soil in my hands to break up large clumps and was slightly horrified when I found a tooth!
At first I thought it looked slightly human (I am not a dentist), which made me think:
- Someone is buried under the patio, there’s probably a skull
- If it’s Roman I could call Time Team (preferred option)
- It’s not human (most likely but less exciting than calling Time Team)
- It’s a sheep tooth. If anyone knows for sure, please drop me a comment!
Jazzing up the shed
The latest addition to the garden is some bunting I made for the shed :)
And what’s happened since the beginning of October. I planted some Winter salad and perpetual spinach seeds this week, which will hopefully give us some tasty greens over the Winter.