Following on from my intermittent "Toy Boy" blogs, where I gleefully took the lid off the stacks of gadget boxes in my dh's study, I thought I'd open the door of the gardening shed and expose some collections there.
|Broad Bean seedlings
I am a "gardener wannabee" - who sadly inherited a slightly defective green-thumb gene!
But that doesn't stop me from lurking in the gardening aisles at the hardware/supermarket/market and having fantasies about gorgeous productive gardens and self-sufficiency and home-grown vegetables!
Occasionally... all right, more than occasionally, I weaken to purchase seeds - this year I restricted myself to 4 packets and promised myself that I would actually plant them! And, naturally if you're going to garden, you need other products that will ensure productive and plentiful cropping! I was firm with myself about not buying any of these until I'd checked the garden shed! Sure enough there were stockpiles. Is there a use-by date for these... Note to self: fertilisers won't help to produce edible goodies unless I remember to use them!
I'm proud to say that I have actually used the Seasol - twice! So far the broad bean seedlings and spinach sprouts are going well - they've been up for a whole two weeks! Only three casualties so far - I didn't get the slug pellets out fast enough.
So back to the gardening shed - I'm embarrassed to say that some of the items can't be photographed. They've been there so long that the plastic bags have broken down. But I was able to identify three small bags garden lime and two of blood and bone. Since the contents are now mixed up in the box and it seems like a shame to waste them, I'm going to dig them into the soil and leave them to "rest"... and perhaps I can plant some spring vegetables...
|One of the still-recognisable Garden Lime bags!
P.S. So after I wrote this, I couldn't help Googling companion plants for broad beans. And guess what - one of the companion plants are carrots - apparently they like the nitrogen that the beans fix in the soil!
|Ancient Packets of Carrot Seed!
And... guess what else... I have two old packets of carrot seeds! Fancy that! One is best before 1994 and the other, before 2007. Did I mention how I enjoy lurking in the gardening aisles and picking up packets of stuff... Anyway, what the heck, I thought! So now I have three little carrot patches in amongst the bean seedlings. If they grow, fantastic! If they don't... well, that's okay too because it means that I now have two less packets of seeds in the wannabee-vegetable-seed stash!
|Carrot Patch, Number 1