Posts Tagged ‘gardening’


our garden – a list

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Our garden isn’t big, but it’s already full of things. Over at the PPK forums there was a thread about what people were growing in the garden this year and it got me thinking about what exactly we have in our garden. Here’s what I posted over there. You can check out my gardening set on flickr here.

We have:

  • Tomatoes – 6 different kinds (yellow, a small bush tomato, a type called ailsa craig, a black tomato, cocktail tomatoes and an unnamed ‘normal’ type)
  • Pumpkin – Mars and Crown Prince
  • Yellow courgette
  • Peas – marrow fat and normal
  • French beans
  • Runner beans, 2 types
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Swiss chard, rainbow colours
  • Carrots, mixed colours
  • Spinach
  • Beetroot
  • Cucumbers – growing up a trellis
  • Rocket/aragula
  • Lettuce (3 types + asian mixed lettuces)
  • Potatoes – planted in a container, probably just enough for one meal or two
  • Eggplant – one plant
  • Rhubarb – 3 plants
  • Raspberries – one cane
  • Strawberries – huge ones called maxim and no-name ones
  • Wild strawberries
  • Physalis – one plant
  • mint – apple mint, morrocan tea mint, pepper mint and normal mint
  • basil – thai, purple and normal green
  • dill
  • parsley
  • spring onions
  • thyme – normal and lemon thyme
  • sage – normal and pineapple
  • lemon verbena
  • rosemary
  • marjoram
  • oregano
  • chives

and the most awesomest thing ever, a cherry tree!

We’re also growing flowers, like poppies and a mix of summer flowers from seed (for cutting and putting in vases). I have a small maple tree in a pot that I dug up from outside. It’s only about a foot tall.

and I think that’s it.

It’s our very first garden and it’s amazing so far. Some things have died on us, like the chilli pepper and the bell peppers. No luck there, I might buy a few plants of those. We’re growing a lot of stuff in containers and pallets (making raised beds). We have many big pots and a small greenhouse.

I’m loving it and I’m already looking forward to moving to a house in the future.



DIY Gardening supplies

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Yes,  this is another gardening post! Basically, planning our garden is all I think about right now. We eat sandwiches and fries and talk about gardening rather than plan and cook good food. Anyway, gardening supplies can be quite expensive and on our tight budget we just can’t afford to buy all kinds of expensive pretty crap. So we browse the internet, think a lot and come up with smart solutions.

Stack of folded newspapers

I know what you’re thinking, ‘why is she showing me a stack of newspapers, and where can I get that snazzy keyboard?’ and I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on. Basically this is a stack of folded newspaper sheets which magically (using the power of origami) turns into practical and environmentally friendly plant pots for your seedlings. I found a great tutorial for making these at VideoJug posted by Tiffany at No Ordinary Homestead. Check it out!

This is what they look like unfolded. Stand them right next to each other so  they support each other in a tray in the windowsill and when your plants are big enough to be planted outside you can just pop these right into the ground. Easy peasy.

Newspaper pots

Also, Alex and I made this greenhouse today using cheap items from my favourite store IKEA.

Greenhouse IKEA hackIKEA hacked greenhouse

It’s a cheap shelf for garden use with a shower curtain stapled on to it. We only paid 91 SEK for all of this while a greenhouse of the same quality (plastic plastic plastic) from a shop would be about 500 SEK. Win! I thought this up all by myself, I am both pretty AND smart!

The shelf we used is called HYLLIS and costs 79 SEK / $14.99 / £5.86. The shower curtain is called NÄCKTEN and costs 12 SEK / $1.79 / £0.87.

We’re also using more of those shower curtains to cover our raised beds as they’re very cheap compared to the plastic covering you can buy in most gardening stores.


The gardening post

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I haven’t mentioned (not here at least)  but Alex and I are growing a garden this year. We moved out to this flat in the beginning of december and since we have been dreaming of and planning on making our own garden. I think it’s a bit symbolic as well, we’re getting married in May and growing a garden together. Make gardens, not babies, is a great slogan for us to live by.

These last few days we have been buying seeds and thinking of what bushes to get and, wow, the list is long.

I’ll just dive right into it and tell you what’s going in the garden (that I know so far!)

Thyme, marjoram, parsley, basil, oregano, lemon basil, chives..

Little basil seedlings..

These are small basil seedlings.

As far as vegetables go:

Tomatoes, spinach, multi coloured swiss chard, mixed colour carrots, zucchini, broccoli, 3 types of lettuce, brussels sprouts, 2 types of haricots verts (to climb up a trellis) and one type of low growing sugar snap pea.

Are we missing something important? We don’t want to grow potatoes and onions because thay’re so cheap to buy in the store and they take up a lot of space. I am all open to suggestions!

I planted a nice little cherry tree yesterday, it took a lot of digging, and apparently we have lots of clay and many big stones. I’m sore all over today but it was definitely worth it. Other than that, we dug up a flower bed, planted a few daffodils (I don’t like them, but Alex does), planned out where we’re having different bed for vegetables and cleaned the yard a bit.

We looked at different berry bushes as well and I think we’re going to get raspberries and blackberries and possibly black currants. Oh and I want a blueberry bush… and lots of strawberry plants.

I love my cherry tree

Here’s me! Tired, dirty, hungry.. but incredibly happy about having planted the cherry tree.

What do you guys have in your gardens? What’s your favourite thing to grow? What vegetable do I have to try and make space for?

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