I’ve decided that it’s time to start sowing seeds. January has almost passed and although there is still a bit of morning snow on the ground, my trusty books and seed packets advise me that you can show seeds under cover in these winter months.
I decided to plant some cauliflower in small pots, cabbage in modules, broad beans in a large piece of guttering and peas in the small piece of guttering. The guttering (with drainage holes) allows easy transplanting with minimum root damage and will be kept in the greenhouse. The cauliflower and cabbage are resting nicely on a south facing window sill as I doubt they will germinate otherwise!
Where possible, I get my seeds from Chase Organics, The Organic Gardening Catalogue. You pay a few pennies more per packet, but it is worth it for me to support non GMO and non chemical growing practices. I had great success from last years’ seeds, so fingers crossed this year!!
We have loads of pallets lying around so decided to make a picket fence out of them to stop the chicken going on the veggies.
The difficulty in working with pallets is that they break easily so it is worth watching a few YouTube vids to find the right method for the right type of pallet. This vid (although long and annoying) was the one I found most helpful.
Firstly we measured the picket fence spikes and used a jig saw to cut them out. You will also need to jig saw all the back bits as per the above vid.
Next was brute force. You will also find that you can’t help singing Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”. I still have it in my head….
Dealing with the nails…..
Knocking posts in and screwing the pallets in.
Finished product! I am awfully chuffed with our basically free fence!!! It just needs a bit of paint now!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a picture of something natural on an app; find out what it is, where is comes from, what it is used for and other such useful details? Does such an app exist- probably not! Does anyone know what this beautiful flower is?
Sunday turned out to have a large amount of sunny spells, which was great for working outdoors and clearning my partner’s front drive.
All of that green waste were weeds growing through the pathway.
Now all we have to do is figure out what to put in the front bed. I have no idea what the shrubs are. 🙂