Wednesday, 2 August 2017

In the Garden


Welcome to my new follower Nil.


I don't know what the weather is like where you are but here it is feeling rather Autumnal, the temperatures have dropped we have had plenty of rain, the water barrels are all full. In the garden there are quite a few bare patches where some of the summer bedding has died off. But there is still plenty going on, summers not over yet.


 The apples are looking good.




Pink poppies have just appeared under the tree.



The bees are working hard.

The raspberries are delicious.



At last the tomatoes are ripening.





Pots of tasty salad leaves everywhere.



The neighbours tree full of Damsons, wish this tree was in our garden.



My new wind chime, I just love the sound.




We have eaten the first of our potatoes they were so nice, we just dig a few out when we want them.

We even had some which sprouted out the side of the compost bin.


Bay Tree cuttings potted using free homemade compost, growing ready to take to the car boot sale.


Lovely homemade compost, much better than the stuff we sometimes buy.




I love seeing Marlene, she always gives me lovely juicy sultanas, I am a very spoilt Blackbird.

Some decking offcuts picked up from Freecycle.


My husband made some lovely planters out of it.


The peppers are very slow this year.



As always we have had plenty of courgettes, yesterday I made a soup using courgettes, potatoes, onions, garlic and fresh herbs and there was also some cooked leftover veg in the fridge so I threw that in as well.


Soup for tea tonight and some for the freezer.


Soup made for very little


Bye for now ......

26 comments:

  1. Yes, decidedly autumnal now, and yesterday I tweeted a picture of me and my autumn socks! Couldn't resist pulling them out. Still lots happening in the garden, I think that's why a gardener's work is never done!

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    1. Yes I saw you sock on the gram. There is always something to do, but I don't mind I enjoy it.

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  2. My hubby makes raised beds from decking off cuts,yours look good. So much going on in our garden and full of wildlife

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    1. Thankyou, it is nice to have a hand husband isn't it.

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  3. I was just thinking the other day how autumnal it was feeling. It probably helped that the air was damp and I could smell wood smoke. I do hope we haven't seen the last of Summer.
    There is still a lot going on in your garden. My pansies are dying off now. Would you recommend putting some more bedding plants in at this time? X

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    1. Hi Jules, we might end up having a good September, many places are selling reduced bedding, I might still get some more just to add a bit of colour to keep it going a bit longer.xx

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  4. Slightly lower temperatures here too but not much rain. We have some due late this evening. Your photos are lovely Marlene and its great to see your harvests. We have had a lot of sunshine so I've harvested almost all the smaller tomato variety and the larger (huge) ones are ripening too. The peppers are behind but I have lots with tangerine size peppers on. Clever hubby, those planters are great he should sell them.

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    1. My husband did say he should sell them but I loved them so wasn't having any of it. We will look out for some more free wood and he can always make more for selling.

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  5. Quite cool here too and I have started thinking of soups and stews for the freezer.

    I love the planters. You have painted them in one of my most favourite colours-x-

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    1. I would like to get a small chest freezer so I can make more home made ready meals it does save time and electric from the cooker I know the freezer would cost to run but it will still work out cheaper if I batch cook. I love the planters will be keeping an eye out for more free wood.x

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  6. What a lovely post, Marlene, which shows our and your husband's wonderful inventiveness - soup from whatever you have to hand, and those lovely planters! They would be very expensive to buy in a garden centre, and all from freecycle wood and a few hours labour. And home-made compost, too. Nothing wasted in the Marlene Household, even Mr Blackbird is grateful for his sultana! And just look at those damsons! Damson was my father's favourite jam! I keep thinking that a small extra freeze here might be a good idea, to, Marlene. A day of cooking and baking and I'd have loads of meals ready for days when I don't feel up to cooking.
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    1. Thankyou so much Margaret, it is nice to have handy husband's isn't it, he did a very good job on the planters as he does with everything. I have no room for another freezer but maybe a re gig in the spare room would do it, it is a good idea to have the freezer full of ready meals, we could get a few days off from cooking then couldn't we.

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    2. Loved the planters ! MrShoestring was inspired to watch out for some decking !

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    3. Thankyou glad Mr S was inspired, they would be expensive to buy. I really love them.

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  7. It's great eating the garden, isn't it!
    xx

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  8. Autumnal here too. Your garden produce looks lovely and the homemade planters are fab. Love the dunnock and the blackbird x

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    1. Thankyou, the birds are getting really friendly they can't wait to see me x

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  9. You have a beautiful garden. And I love your new planters.
    I haven't been able to freeze soup with potatoes successfully, they always turn somewhat gritty after thawing.

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    1. Thankyou, I have never had any problems, there are not many potatoes in there at all only a couple of medium size ones

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  10. It's icy cold here so these pictures are lovely.

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  11. I appreciate the photo of the chilli plants. I was getting worried mine were going wonky but they are at the same stage as you guys. Lots of flowers but not much else. I need a decent chilli con carni in the freezer or I'll never survive the winter months!

    X x

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    1. Hi they are peppers not chilli, I didn't grow chillies this year as I had such a good harvest last year and still have loads in the freezer xx

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  12. It's very autumnal here too, lots and lots of rain and very chilly. Your garden is still looking good Marlene and the planters are lovely x

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  13. Thankyou Angie, yes I am sat here with a cardigan on xx

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