Friday, 7 April 2017

The new look.




I'm quite happy with my new plan for Haddock's. I rather like things to be tidy, and this fits the bill.

All is dug over. It's had a good dose of compost, been scrupulously weeded, and to prove it, my back needs a week's holiday.

Not much planted yet; just red Onions and a few Calabrese plants. Within the next few days, I shall throw caution to the winds and plant out my Tomatoes, Aubergines, Peppers, and Chillies, and will keep my fingers crossed for no further frosts.

The Cherry, in the background is filled with flowers, as are the Plums, Peaches, Quince, Pears, and Apples. Yet again I'm hoping for a bountiful crop; but then I say that every year.

And to make things better; even Marie-Ange (my postie) said she liked the new look! 




46 comments:

  1. Our "postie" is named Judy. She has watched us like a hawk these last two years on our new place. "Oh, did you move your clothesline?" and "won't you want your tomatoes closer to the kitchen?" She's great at carrying the heavy packages up though so I just grin at her. LOVE your tidy garden space!

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    1. Marie-Ange is in love with Bok (dog), and gives him treats every time she comes. She's a lovely woman.

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  2. With all that preparation and loving care your garden once again has got to be a top producer. It look s wonderful. Clear and clean ftoo ftoo ftoo

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    1. I hope so. It's always at this stage that I have 'Great Expectations'.

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  3. It is a beautiful sight. I agree with Marie-Ange.
    It makes our tiny raised bed seem a bit pitiful. I hope this year is very productive for you and that your back gets the rest it needs. X

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    1. I second that! My bloody back is a real nuisance. However, dividing the plot into four seemed to make the digging much less time consuming.

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  4. May your expectations be fulfilled! It all looks beautiful and ready for action.

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    1. Looks can be deceiving, but I have hopes.

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  5. That looks really good. I bet you look at it with great satisfaction. You are very brave thinking about planting out yet, did it crop that much earlier last year? I'm only just past the seed stage.

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    1. I've been a bit fool-hardy for the past two years, but it's paid off. I've just planted out my Aubergines.

      You're right, a nice clean prepared plot is very satisfying.

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  6. Well done Cro...it looks lovely and I'm sure this summer it will be filled with real bounty.

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  7. I bet Freddie likes the new plots.

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    1. He comes to watch me occasionally, but I haven't yet seen him digging 'latrines'.

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  8. What a good job you have done with Haddocks!

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    1. It's certainly pleasing to the eye!

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  9. Excellent preparation there Cro.
    Alphie

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    1. After a lot of hard graft Alphie.

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  10. There is something satisfying and even beautiful about freshly turned weedless soil. We don't do veg. or that much flower but the space in between looks cared for.

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    1. Gardening is a passion. It's my favourite thing to do in between bits of painting.

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  11. It looks fantastic, I am a veg man myself but have inherited some flower beds as well. On the plus side the flower bed did come with a greenhouse and home so I cannot complain. We are having summer early this year in Somerset, the weather is marvellous and the first bar-b-q is scheduled for this afternoon.

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    1. Pretty good weather here too, and it looks as if it may last. My BBQ has come out from it's winter home, but probably won't be fired-up until my wife returns from Oz.

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  12. Well done! (How's the back, today?) Let the planting begin. Are you trying anything new this year? -Jenn

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    1. The back is having a well deserved rest today, so OK.

      No I think I'll stick to my basic tried and tested crops. I usually find that when I try something new, I understand why I didn't grow it before!

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  13. Looks far too neat and tidy. Did you use a set square?

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    1. Almost; I did use a tape measure!!!

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  14. Once again i say to myself may be i shall also start a small vegetable garden.It looks so beautiful.

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    1. It's always nice to have edible things in the garden, even if it's only a few plants.

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  15. Your lovely garden puts me to shame (hardly started mine), but inspires me. Your hard work and bad back have produced a thing of beauty.

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    1. And now I have to keep it like that. July/August are the worst times for weeds.

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  16. You deserve a bumper crop, the work you put in. Here's to a bumper harvest with lots of recipes to come !! XXXX

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    1. I'm really looking forward to the first of everything. Very exciting.

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  17. Haddocks 2017 will be its best vintage yet! Surely, the weather will take a hint from your excellent preparations.

    Commenting on your prior post about commuting to work. Having used all sorts of methods during my decades of employment, the clear winner was being able to walk to work...even when the walk was a bit over a mile each way, having that exercise was so much better than facing crowded subways or buses.

    Best wishes!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Walking is a pleasure, whereas most other forms of transport aren't!

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    1. I think I made the right decision.

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  19. Who wouldn't be in love with Bok? I would use any excuse to visit.

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    1. Now all I need is good weather; warmth in the day time, and occasional rain at night.

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  21. Well it certainly is very tidy. I hope it works well for you.

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  22. Looking good. It's always worth having an experiment in a small corner with different crops or varieties...so long as they are something you'd eat anyway!

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    1. Mostly when I've tried something new I've been disappointed. However, both Cavolo Nero and Delicata Squash are quite recent discoveries, and both are now firm favourites.

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    2. I started growing Cavolo Nero last season..brilliant and versatile. What is the Delicata squash like? We've been buying Butterkin Squash in NZ..colouful and a good flavour. I'll have to see if I can buy them in UK

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  23. Oh, this looks lovely. I think you made a great choice.

    cheers, parsnip

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