Thursday 11th June 2020

The weather has been all over the place for the last few weeks. Warm and dry then freezing cold, windy and wet. That’s why we love it here.

Not been up to much other than planting plants and watering plants and trying to get the garden in some sort of order. Planted the Brassica bed and I’m just getting ready to start all of the seeds off for the winter crops which have to get going before the light levels drop and they drop very quickly here after midsummer. I’m also losing sleep about compost. Making it, having enough and it being of the right quality that is needed for an organic garden. The stress is very high.

I’ve been working on the large bed in the garden in preparation for some seating for Guests, and for beds for cutting plants. I have removed the world’s supply of old, dead and strongly rooted Fuscias and other assorted plants that were pretending to hide the Klargester but never did a very good job. I’ve removed all of that, enriched the soil and I am now trying to create a hedge to grow and hide it. I will then plant it all up with the cuttings I have taken, many have which seem to have survived. Touch and go at the moment.

Found a beautiful Toad whilst I was gardening. Looked a bit dry so put him on a rock in the pond and wet his skin then left him to get on with it. I love Frogs and Toads. Always have since I was a child.

Post Box disintegrated so had to buy a new one. Went for a Brizebox. Arrived yesterday and I installed it today. Looks good. Problem is I have scratched it already which is not good, but what can I do? I’m a bit of an idiot.

I was delivering meals-on-wheels with Kirsty the other day which was nice and helped me feel I was doing my bit. Kirsty invited me back to see Mike and we spent half an hour talking fruit, veg, poly tunnels and eating your own animals. Very interesting. Mike leant me a book about growing veg in winter which I am working through.

Lots to do still. No Guests yet and it’s anyone’s guess if we will ever see any this year? Up to the Scottish Government and we may have further information next week. Who knows? I wouldn’t want to bet on it.

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