Gift Membership For Royal Horticultural Society

A excellent gift for a garden and gardening lover is a gift membership for the Royal Horticultural Society. At a cost of just £49 the membership includes:

* Unlimited entry to RHS gardens.
* Free access to more than 140 RHS Recommended Gardens either throughout their opening season or at selected periods.
* Privileged entry and reduced rate tickets to world-famous flower shows.
* Monthly magazine – The Garden, packed with practical advice, ideas, inspiration and superb photography, delivered every month for free.
* Gardening advice. Available by post, telephone, email, or face-to-face at RHS Garden Wisley.
* Access to seeds harvested from RHS gardens.
* Special events and reduced price tickets to hundreds of RHS recommended workshops, demonstrations and other events around the UK.

Click on the image to find out more about the gift and purchase the gift membership for the Royal Horticultural Society.




Gardening – Potting On Lupin & Courgette Plants

Yesterday I did a spot of gardening whilst we have this spell of glorious weather. I had sown lupin and courgette seeds ages ago and hadn’t potted them on so I finally go around to it.

I now have 8 courgette plants in pots and when they get a little more established I will put them in a larger pot.

Courgette plants

Courgette plants

I potted on about 40 lupin seedlings so I hope to have some lovely lupin plants to add to our garden and then some plants to sell at the farm gate once the lupin plants are well established.

Lupin Seedlings

Lupin Seedlings

When I first moved to the farm I bought a lupin plant, which I have to say wasn’t cheap but at the time we didn’t have any guinea fowl or ducks that like to eat insects and snails and unfortunately my lupin plant was eaten by snails and slugs. Now that I have 28 guinea fowl and 7 ducks I am hoping that the snail and slug population has dramatically reduced so my lupin plants will be safe from nibbling insects!

Why not get your plants and seeds from Thompson & Morgan. Click on the image to visit the Thompson & Morgan  site.

What flowers and vegetable plants have you been growing?


Gardening Gift Ideas

It was my dad’s birthday today (Sunday) and he was thrilled to receive his gardening gift. A few months ago, I decided that I would give my dad some vegetable plants that I had grown from seed myself. Although this gift doesn’t cost alot in terms of money, the time and effort spent preparing the gift for the special day makes this a very special gardening gift.

 

I gave my dad the following plants that I had grown from seed:

  • 1 courgette plant.
  • 1 broad bean plant.
  • 1 dwarf french bean.
  • 1 yellow dwarf french bean.
  • 3 tomato plants and a grow bag to plant them in.
  • 4 cabbage plants.
  • 1 purple sprouting broccoli plant.
  • 1 seed tray with freshly sown lettuce.
  • 1 seed tray with freshly sown radish.
  • 1 seed tray with freshly sown beetroot.My niece and nephew stayed over on Saturday night and my niece helped me label all the plants and sow the lettuce, radish and beetroot, so thank you Nicki.

    Dad seemed thrilled with his gift and I am sure it has kept him busy in the garden. Hope you had a great birthday dad.

    If someone you know loves gardening then sowing your own seeds and giving them some of your own vegetable plants makes a great healthy and special gift for any occasion, if you’ve got some vegetable plants in the garden already doing well then they would make a great gift for father’s day at the weekend.


  • Pruning Roses – Green Thumb Sunday

    Pruning roses is our gardening job at the moment. My husband has found that if he prunes the roses, they flourish and flower in the Summer months and produce beautiful displays like this rose archway.

    We look forward to seeing these beautiful roses that arch the entrance to our garden.

    What flowers are you looking forward to seeing in your garden this year?

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    If you would like to grow roses in your garden then Thompson and Morgan supply roses.


    What to plant in the Raised Beds – Green Thumb Sunday

    Vegetable garden surrounded by weeds 2006Vegetable Garden flooded in 2007 Watch this space for photographs of the raised beds in 2008!

    I have spent today planning what to put in my raised beds after Joanna asked what I was putting in them when I posted about my new raised beds the other day.

    I currently have 3 raised beds that are 1m by 3m and I intend to buy at least another 3.

    Raised Bed 1 = potatoes.

    Raised Bed 2 = brassicas.

    Raised Bed 3 = salad.

    Raised Bed 4 = squashes.

    Raised Bed 5 = beetroot.

    Raised Bed 6 = onion and garlic.

    Do you have any gardening plans, if so I would love to hear about them.

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    Raised Beds

    Mum and Dad have bought me some raised beds which we have decided to use since the vegetable garden was flooded in Spring 2007.

    They bought me three link-a-bord raised beds from Harrod Horticultural. The raised beds are 3m by 1m. They are really easy to put together and fit in the garden well. In fact there is room in the garden for 3 more raised beds so there will be plenty of room to grow lots of vegetables. I will have to order these raised beds but there is no rush as I still have to level the ground and then fill the raised beds with soil.

    I will keep you posted on my progress with my raised beds.


    The Pyramid Slug Trap

    I have just purchased the pyramid slug trap from TopVeg as a gift for a gardening friend.

    Although I am yet to see the product in use, I would like to praise TopVeg for their speedy delivery of this item.

    I look forward to reviewing this product when my gardening friend has the pyramid slug trap set up in their garden.

    In the meantime, if you have any friends or family who are enthusiastic gardeners who are tired of seeing their beloved plants and vegetable crops being eaten by slugs, then why not get them this unusual gardening gift and help them make their garden a slug free place.

    Visit TopVeg for more information about the pyramid slug trap.


    The Vegetable Garden Under Attack

    In days gone by our farmhouse vegetable patch was brimming with rows of veggies. It was my husband’s Grandad’s domain and he was very proud of it. Every year he would enter his veggies into the village show and if he didn’t have any fine specimens then it has been said that he would nip down to the local shop and buy a couple of onions to show, but this is only hearsay!
    When I moved to the farm, my intention was to restore the vegetable garden to it’s former glory however the last few years have seen me fighting a losing battle against the long standing enemy of the gardener, the weed. The weeds grew rapidly in this part of the garden despite digging, digging and more digging!
    So this year the boxing gloves (I mean gardening gloves) were well and truely on and I entered the garden or should that be boxing ring, with renewed vigour and the will to win over this area of land and reclaim the soil back from the champion weeds! I again attacked the garden with a stint of digging but after many hours of back breaking work with little results to show for it, I decided to bring in the big boys, ie the farm machinery.
    My husband used the farm digger to dig over the veg plot and root up the offending weeds leaving the weed free soil underneath.
    Once the soil was clear we then had to use the power harrow to level the soil. I don’t think my husband has ever had to power harrow such a small area of land before. The tractor and implement only just managed to manoeuvre into the space.
    When the land had been cleared and levelled by the farming equipment, I was able to plant the many seedlings that had germinated in my greenhouse. I planted row upon row of vegetables and was very proud of the neat and well organised vegetable plot. Finally farmer’swife (with a little bit of help) had defeated the weeds. Courgettes, butternut squash, garlic, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, onions and broccolli were all happily growing in the weed free vegetable garden, that is until that fateful night in June when we received a phone call at 2am to say that flood water was heading our way. By daylight, my thriving vegetable patch was awash with flood water and the plants remained submerged in the water for nearly a week.
    After the water subsided, most of the plants perished. The only success of the flooded vegetable garden was the two courgette plants that survived and have provided us with many tasty courgettes that have been turned into lemony courgette salad, mince stuffed courgettes, courgette soup and most unusually, courgette cake! A victory for the courgette. I think thats flood water 1, courgette plants 2!
    Following the flood, I became a little despondent and couldn’t muster up much enthusiasm to regrow the veggies I had lost. So as the vegetable garden began to feel neglected, the weeds began to creep back. It’s amazing how quickly they can grow and the recently farmed vegetable garden once again became a jungle of weeds. This is the situation today but do not despair my next plan of attack is raised beds, so I’ll let you know who wins round 2!


    Acorns – Green Thumb Sunday

    I love this Autumnal photograph of the acorn.

    An Acorn

    An acorn is the fruit of an oak tree.

    The oak tree is one of my favourite trees. What is your favourite tree?

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    Vegetable Plot Ruined By Flood

    I have worked very hard this year to grow lots of vegetables from seed which I recently planted out in the garden. My vegetable garden had planted in it;

    • Broccoli.
    • Sprouts.
    • Cabbage.
    • Cauliflower.
    • Butternut Squash.
    • Courgettes.
    • Lettuce.
    • Radish.
    • Beetroot.

    Most of these vegetable plants which were grown from seed have perished in the flood.

    Vegetable Plot After The Flood

    A couple of courgette plants may survive and some of the brassicas but most of the other plants died because their roots rotted away.

    Courgette Plant Survives Flood – I Hope!

    What truely amazes me about the garden is that it doesn’t matter what you do to the weeds they will always somehow find a way to survive!

    Fortunately not all of the plants in my greenhouse perished as I managed to get into the greenhouse and rescue the pots that were submerged in water.

    Over the next few weeks I will try to plant out the remaining greenhouse veggies if the ground dries out enough for me to do so.