Anyway this weekend we have actually managed to get out in the garden and the lawn is no longer flooded and we are all so much happier. L and J have been hanging off the swing like a couple of monkeys and I have been to interview the veggie patch which is looking really rather sorry for itself.
Here it is in all of its (un)glory
Doesn't everyone need a play house in the corner of their veggie patch? Its actually 15feet wide and 30ish feet long. Underneath the black box, you can see the wonderful path to nowhere that M built last year just because we had some spare bricks and he wanted to waste a summer. .
Those metal bars are supporting some wire for the bramble briars which are coming out this year. They taste horrid and the structure takes up a load of room as well as looking awful. The only problem is that M decided to plant some raspberry canes against it last year (can you see a theme; M comes along, just dumps stuff in random places....) so I need to relocate them somewhere more sensible.
This is behind the metal poles and is my rhubarb patch. You can see the buds just coming through. I've put a bucket over one plant but need to get some bigger buckets for the rest because their crowns are huge.
And I pulled these up on Sunday. I grew them in a bucket and they taste really good. Like carrots rather then orange flavourless things.
After my photo taking, I went out in the garden with my tape measure and marked out a 10ft by 10ft area which I am going to use to grow veggies in the same order as Carol Klein showed in her program last year. Mum bought me her book for Christmas and I am going to stick to her plan for growing veg in a small area.
My biggest problem with growing veggies is being organised. My garden generally has random plants all over the place; tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouses, some more tomatoes on the patio, courgettes taking over the veggie patch, a few sweetcorn plants, peas growing all over the place, potatoes in bins, some more in the ground.....get the picture? So this year; organisation! I'll take another picture of my marked out area and the weeding that I have been doing.
I'm still going to grow stuff outside the plot because I'm sure there are other things that I want to grow that aren't on that plot and some more that I will want more of than I will be able to fit in there but I think it will be a good place to start.