Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunshine in the garden

The sun has been shining in our peaceful corner of North Wales for the last few days (in contrast to the forecast offered by the the two online weather services we checked). This has resulted in a burst of gardening energy from somewhere within me and much as I would have liked to sit down with my knitting while Tilly was busy washing up dishes in the sunshine, notice I sneaked a few plastic plantpots in there for her attention, I decided to make the most of it and answer the call of the wild.

Dylan was busy in a field with a stick, he has spent the best part of the weekend out there, not sure what he is doing but, I am brotherless so many of the doings of little boys are all new and mysterious to me.

And I have been trying to tame parts of the garden. Many of the seeds I sowed with such enthusiasm are now making a jungle of the greenhouse. It seems everything needs doing at once, potting on, hardening off or planting out. I am not very good at thinning out, it seems so wrong somehow, but I need to be more heartless. I now realise all the errors I made when eagerly sowing my seeds all those weeks ago. We'll never eat all those beans and while we enjoy pasta pesto as much as the next family, I wonder if it may actually be possible to overdose on basil? Yet I seem not to sown nearly enough potatoes or carrots and I am beginning to learn the importance of never ever forgetting to label!! My new mantra will be "write a label, you will not remember what it is, it is not obvious, your mind is like a sieve".

I did manage to find a little window of opportunity though, outdoor knitting, ahhh, does life get any better?


Anonymous Katherine said...

I hate thinning out, it always seems cruel and wasteful. This year I won't have that problem as I've not got around to sowing anything. Oh well. But no, you can't have too much basil, so don't worry. Just keep giving 'em all pesto until they turn green. Still, you should definitely feel proud of your jungle greenhouse - better to have sown too much than to have never sown at all!

Monday, May 08, 2006 5:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Carol said...

What a fabulous back yard you have there and plenty of space for boys to mess around with sticks - I have gotten used to my own 2 boys playing just like that. It was a mystery to me at first as well - and still is to be honest, but I don't think about it now that they are so much older. Is that rhubarb in the first picture? Another fave of mine, but difficult to grow here unfortunately.
PS Any chance of the flapjack recipe? Thanks for your offer in the previous post - I did email you, but don't think it went through for some reason. No rush - but I keep thinking about it!! I will try again.

Monday, May 08, 2006 10:31:00 pm  
Blogger sereknitty72 said...

I hate thinning out too--it always seems like a good idea to find just a bit more dirt for those vigorous little seedlings until August rolls around and you're actually letting the dogs eat the tomatoes to save you from having to deal with them! I do agree that you can't have too much basil, though. My friend and I have a pesto party where she and I split up the ingredients and we make scads of the stuff and split the end product. I didnt plant any seeds this year so I'm waiting for some basil to show up in nurseries...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 5:19:00 am  
Blogger Johanne said...

mmm.. thinning out?? So you mean you don't just fling the seeds in the earth and cross your fingers? that must be where I'm going wrong. Was that rhubarb I saw? looks fab. Oh, and labels - we won't go there. I've planted lots of herbs from seed. Can't identify what's coming up as yet, forgot to lable everything, so don't yet know my mint from my fennel!!. sorry to hear about the silk cardi. how did you find knitting with the yarn? was it the pattern dimensions that have disapponted you - that may not be a silly as it sounds. As always your pics are fab, you continue to put me to shame.

Thursday, May 11, 2006 6:04:00 pm  
Blogger Sarah said...

I would love to find an outdoor knitting spot. Your yard is beautiful! Little boys will find entertainment everywhere- as long as there are sticks they can turn into things!

Friday, May 12, 2006 8:05:00 pm  

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