Here’s what the bean sprouts look like this morning. They’ve grown an inch in two days. Amazing.
This didn’t take long….the white things that look a little like maggots in the dirt are bean sprouts.
I just finished digging out two areas at the foot of my clothesline poles to plant beans. Last year I didn’t have enough support planned, and they got to be a tangled mess. This year I’m using my existing poles and line to keep them straightened out. They’ll have all kinds of room to spread out.
I have seeds! Now that vacation is over and fall is nearly here, it’s time to start thinking about planting. I have to get the beds ready – I need compost and new soil. And I have to cut back the overgrowth of the lawn that is creeping up the sides of the raised beds. I’m going to put the cherry tomatoes in a container and hope for the best.
Every time I come to the UK (this is my fourth trip) I’m dazzled by the beautiful gardens that people here create around their homes. They all have flowers galore, and here on Orkney I’ve seen some really nice vegetable gardens too. A lot of the homes seem to have small greenhouses in their back yards as well. I’m sure that would be necessary to prolong the growing season here.
Yesterday we were in Stromness, and walked past a beautiful veggie garden tucked into a tiny back yard. Someone had really put a lot of work into it. It’s very inspiring. And it has inspired me. I missed a whole spring season of gardening this year, and I have a lot of catching up to do. I want to get serious about cleaning up the front yard and getting flowers planted. I want to eventually have edibles in front too, but for now flowers are quicker and easier and prettier.
I already have some seeds at hand at home. I know I have a packet of yellow carrot seeds and there are three others – probably some lettuce and cabbage. I ordered Chinese long beans and more lettuce just the other day and the seeds will be waiting for me when I get home. I’m going to get in all my supplies first then have a big planting day when I’ve got all my soil improved. And I’m going to get pots of flowers for the front yard first, then start digging out the weeds and planting things in the ground.
I have a dead bay tree to get taken down, and I want to plant a couple of live oaks to give the house more shade and protection.
There’s a lot to do! But first I have another week of vacation.
Complete with heather: