Six-on-Saturday 29-12-2018

I nearly forgot it was Saturday! I can cope with being retired and every day being a holiday but when Bank Holidays are put into the mix, it is most disconcerting.

We were out all morning so I’m a little later than usual. We had a very good Christmas Day with Mr Propagator and family. They really spoiled us with an excellent meal and generous presents. I had a guided tour of the compost heap and can report that it was steaming away nicely but Mr P decided not to cook the turkey in it, although it can be done if it is left in for a couple of days, apparently.

Anyway, here is my Six-on-Saturday for this week.

1)

Boxing Day was spent with our #1 son. Again, excellent fayre and great company. Our main present from our son and daughter-in-law was a large hamper, or rather a home made tray (see above) full of all sorts of “goodies”!

This garden notebook – which I have claimed and Granny’sGardenHimIndoors has claimed the packs of golf balls and tees – was on the top. There were wines, cheeses, sweets, bath salts and biscuits and other stuff. I only thought I should have taken a photo before I emptied it, after I emptied it! The base itself is an ideal, large size seed tray which I will put to good use in the spring.

2)

This is the pruned, miniature kiwi fruit plant. It was rather straggly before. It is suggested that one main stem should be kept but there are a couple of other stems which have green buds on so they have stayed. The trellis needs a new strut – the missing one was completely rotten. They have lasted quite well…. I think I made them about 8 or 9 years ago.

3)

My collection of smashed eggshells ready to put on my raised bed to deter the slugs – we shall see!

4)

These are photos of “anticipation”. The sweet peas are in the toilet rolls and the broad beans are in the seed tray below. I sowed them this week but they are not new ones so I will give them a month or so, then, if nothing appears, I will buy some new seeds.

5)

The Cerinthe Major is looking very good. There are several “patches” of them around the garden. They need to be thinned out but not yet.

6)

A few things to mention here :- the pruned rose near the front of the photo is that lovely “Peace” rose. That obelisk was supposed to be covered in sweet peas last summer, but it didn’t happen. If I am unsuccessful growing them from seeds, I will buy some plants. There are some forget-me-nots around the garden although I pulled ALL of them up earlier in the year! The shrub behind had 2 barrowloads of cuttings taken from it a few days ago. As a result, I had a happy half hour shredding them later.

That’s it for 2018! Happy New Year and see you next year.πŸŒΈπŸ΅πŸŒ»πŸ‡πŸ…πŸ“πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰

13 thoughts on “Six-on-Saturday 29-12-2018

  1. Forget-me-nots are taking over our garden. You’ve reminded me that I must cut the roses back a bit. Curious to see the kiwi plant next year and very impressed by the homemade trellis.

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  2. I read somewhere on my ‘virtual’ garden travels that the white from the eggshells add nutrients to the soil. I like the idea of using them to deter slugs. Against my better judgement I had to use slug pellets and cover the area with plastic crates so the birds did not eat them or the dead snails. Have you used eggshells before or is this an experiment?
    KiWis… do you get fruit?

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    1. Sorry, I didn’t mean to send that! I tried using a few eggshells but not very effectively, so I am trying again. Yes, I got a few kiwis this year, I will try to find the photo. They were very tasty…..all 6 of them. Thank you for your comment.

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  3. Curious to know what was so tasty in the wooden box: sweets? salted meals ? drinks? I have some mouth water in advance
    As for the miniature kiwi vine, it’s my job tomorrow to prune mine. I pruned the normal kiwi today and tomorrow it will be the other. I have to look for how to prune it to get more fruit next year

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  4. hello, just getting around to reading the multitude of Six posts. Glad you had a nice day at Ledbury, i see they have been busy with the pallet wood. I must use mine the same way. I saw a study recently on slug/snail deterrent. I recall the eggshell did not present much of a barrier if there was food on the other side. they slithered across no bother. bramble stems are good, apparently. they don’t like the thorns. good luck with the seeds, i may succumb to the temptation to sow some before i head back to work. onions perhaps…

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    1. Yes, I don’t think I have heard many positive comments about egg shells although many books recommend it. I am thinking that if I use enough in a certain area, it might have some effect. Hope work isn’t too much of a shock!

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  5. I’m finally getting around to the Sixes! I grew Cerinthes again in 2018, not grown them for several years. I forgot how big they could get. I saved some seed for spring sowing but don’t seem to have any self-seeders which I assume yours are? You’ve also reminded me that I need to do a forget-me-not cull.

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