How does your garden grow?

I'm on a voyage of discovery in my first garden.
It's mostly about the veggies at the moment but I'm also discovering lots about flowers and other plants - quite often the hard way and always on a very tight budget.
But this blog is not just about my garden, it's about all the things I see and discover in Sussex and beyond and I would love to hear from you too.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Garden visit: Wakehurst

Here are some long overdue photos of my last visit to Wakehurst.
Every time I go there I see something new - one this trip I discovered a forest of carved tree stumps, some beautiful paths through the woods and some late summer blooms in the walled garden.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Squash and pumpkin harvest

I spent much of the weekend tidying up the garden ready for winter.
Plenty of plants are still cropping and on Sunday I picked the sweet dumpling squashes.
One was soon put too good use in a vegetable curry, also starring other home-grown ingredients such as dwarf French beans, courgettes, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, peppers and chillis.
All this was accompanied with a side serving of Bombay alloo, made with my meagre crop of King Edwards (I'll definitely water them more next year).
Nonetheless, it was a good reward for a hard day's graft.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Common blue suffers after cold summer

The numbers of common blue butterflies has fallen by two-thirds because of the cool summer, according to experts.
The insects, which are frequent visitors to my garden, were among the butterfly species to suffer most as a result of the weather, with numbers falling by 61%.
The figures are a result of the Big Butterfly Count survey involving 34,000 people who recorded 322,000 sightings of butterflies.
Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation said it had expected a bumper year for butterflies because of the hot, dry spring but the prolonged spells of rain meant many of the insects were unable to fly, feed or breed.
I have plans to rejuvinate the wild flower corner in my garden next year to encourage more butterflies and other insects - perhaps I should supply a few umbrellas too!
PHOTO: alber1ch

Monday, 12 September 2011

Getting to grips with technology

It has been far too long since I posted on this blog, mainly because I've been working so much and rarely have time to sit in front of my computer at home.
All of that, however, is about to change as I have finally caught up with technology and got myself an internet-enabled phone.
All those hours spent bored between shifts will no longer be wasted.
My only immediate problem is the dozens of lovely photos stored on my PC waiting to be uploaded... They, I guess, will have to wait for the time being.