Friday, 13 July 2018


We have enough rain this summer and everything in the garden simply thrives. In July, the flower borders are at their peak. 

Leucanthemum, Echinacea, Kniphofia, Hemerocallis, and ornamental grasses in the hot border.

Just take a look at the climbing French bean 'Blau Hilde' in the back! They are two metres high. I am looking forward to picking them up.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


'Ed Murray'

'Siloam Show Girl'

'Olive Baily Langdon'


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Harvesting Peas

This year's pea crop is exceptionally good. I always sow the 'American Wonder' variety. Its vines are supposed to be around 50 cm long. Somehow, it always grows bigger than that, and I use to make the support of twigs.

I got about 5 kg peas from the 1.5 x 2 m vegetable bed. I usually pack them into plastic boxes and freeze for winter. 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Garden in June

It must be a good combination of the weather conditions, my work, well fertilized and mulched soil that makes my garden so plentiful and abundant. I must say, I haven't noticed any pests or diseases so far. Maybe a few slugs here and there, but that's nothing in comparison to some other gardens where they ate all up.

Everything grows well, here are the Oregano, Thyme, and Lemon Balm in the centre of my vegetable garden. 

The French bean 'Blauhilde' grows happily together with the pot marigolds.  

The red currant soon will be ready for picking. I have six bushes, and it will be plenty of berries to make the jelly. 

Friday, 1 June 2018

Vegetable Garden

Yesterday morning I made a new vegetable bed which is not on my plot, but behind the fence. This part of the land belongs to the town, but it is not used for any purpose. It is secluded and away from the view of people being divided from the town park by the green fence of Forsythias. I keep it clear from the weeds anyway. Last year I decided to make some beds and plant the vegetables on that part of the land too.

In my regular vegetable garden, some five days ago I planted the tomatoes grown from seeds. The courgettes are sown directly on site. I use the edges of the beds to sow the salads for further transplanting. 

The pea plants are tall again though they are supposed to be low growing variety 'Wonder of America'. I always put some branches into the soil that serve as the support.

The French bean 'Blau Hilde' is growing nicely. I made the sturdy support in the Spring to keep the lush growing plants in the place. One I am looking forward to dark purple pods of this heirloom variety.

The beetroots 'Cylindra' and 'Boltardy' are looking good.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Organic Fertilizer DIY

Sunday afternoon seemed perfect for a walk and I went to the river bank to pick up some sting nettles to make a liquid fertilizer. There were many ladybirds on the nettles, I wonder what do they love about it?
I also wanted to pick up comfrey but I found only one plant! I guess I need to look for it in another place.

Well, as you probably know, the smell isn't so good so, I keep the buckets near my compost pile.
I have the recipes for the concentrated nettle and comfrey fertilizers. 

Nettle concentrate: 1 kg nettles on 10 L water; leave it for two weeks. To use, make a solution of 1 part fertilizer and 10 parts water.
Comfrey concentrate: 1 kg comfrey on 15 L water; leave it for two weeks. To use, make a solution of 1 part fertilizer 10 parts water.

The solution is simply used to water the plants.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pricklng Out Tomatoes

I am quite satisfied, my tomatoes germinated very well. They have developed the first true leaves, and it was time to prickle them out. I sowed them in late March, eight varieties.

I have three cherry varieties, 'Garden Pearl', 'Red Cherry', and 'Supersweet'. The others are 'Super Marmande', 'Black Russian', 'Tigerella', 'Golden Sunset', and 'San Marzano'.

I am going to plant them out in two or three weeks. It is already pretty warm, but I am afraid of the frost that is still possible even in May. So it was last year when the frost in May killed all of my pumpkins, cucumbers and courgettes and I had to sow them again. 

These are the seedlings of the winter squash 'Autumn Crown'. The pumpkins and courgettes germinated quite quickly because of the warm days.  
 Lately, the air temperatures reached up to 29°C. I will leave them too in the pots until mid - May or so. I won't be risking losing the plants again because of the frost.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Sowing the French Beans

This year I made sturdy and firm trellises for climbing and french beans. Some years ago, the whole structure similar to this one, fell on the side under the weight of plants. I dug the side poles about 40 cm into the ground. I hope they'll be able to hold the rest of the structure on the place.
I have just sown the French Beans 'Blauhilde' here. It is a variety with long, purple pods. They stay tender and stringless. This is the German heirloom variety known to be resistant to the mosaic virus, too.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Herbs 1

Lovage, Levisticum officinalis

Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis

Parsley 'Lisette'

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis is already flowering. 

Chives, oregano and thyme in the centre of the vegetable garden.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Vegetable Garden

I worked in the vegetable garden from seven to twelve o'clock. It looked like rain, but it wasn't falling down. It was pretty fresh too, but I love the colder weather when I need to go digging. I managed to tidy up all my vegetable beds.

It would be nice if we could have some rain in the afternoon. Let's see. I picked up the last of Swiss chard and leeks. I already cooked the Swiss chard for lunch today. 

I still have the lettuce that successfully survived the winter. Now I need to sow the vegetables and spread the straw mulch over the beds. The soil has the much better structure under the cover, and it keeps the moisture which is especially important during the hot summer weather.

I picked up the first asparagus this year. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

In the Garden Again

I came home on Fryday and went to the garden the very next day. Lots of jobs to do but I could not wait to get dirty fingers. Liatris. Four weeks ago, I have bought 50 corms of Liatris and did not have the bed prepared to plant them so, I put them in the pots.They are all out now. And the bed is still not prepared! Well, I have lots of digging to do anyway.

I prepared the bed yesterday for sowing the swiss chard and beetroot tomorrow.

Tomatoes. They will be soon ready to transplant into the bigger pots.

The salad sown in Autumn is now ready to be picked up.

I picked up the first asparagus today.

Prunus 'Royal Burgundy' will be soon in fool bloom. Love its double pink flowers and dark red foliage.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sowing Tomatoes

These are the varieties of tomatoes I have just sown in the modules. The air temperature of - 3°C and the cold sleet prevented me to do it outside but, never mind. This year I used Mr Fothergill's and T&M seeds.

This is the list of varieties:
'Garden Pearl'
'Golden Sunrise'
'San Marzano'
'Black Russian'

As the weather conditions were unfavourable to do the job outside, I prepared the modules the day before sowing. I put them into the house to warm up the sowing substrate. The seeds were soaked in the chamomile tea for 12 hours.

I put them in the veranda on the southern side of the house where they receive enough light and warmth to grow.

I also have sown hot pepper 'Cayennetta', pepper 'Grill Red', chilli 'Jalapeno' and aubergine 'Patio Mix'.