19 May 2015

Long-eared owl

I'm thrilled we have a resident Long-eared owl. I've seen him (or her) on three occasions. I'd probably see it more often if I walked to the back of the garden every day. :-)

Veggie update

The tomatoes survived! Well, five of them did. I moved them outside. One of the plants already has a tiny tomato flower.

My potatoes are doing quite well in my little vegetable patch. Well, above ground they look great. Will have to wait and see how they turn out. The sugarsnaps are also doing well. They're in the background clumsily climbing stuff I put there. Sort of a jungle gym for vegetables.

And finally my corn has popped up. MIELLIES!!

15 March 2015

Toasted tomatoes

Last week I sowed some tomato seeds in vermiculite. I put them on a windowsill in our livingroom and checked up on them every other day.

Yesterday I saw they had already emerged. Some weren't looking too healthy. In fact, when I took them outside to transplant them, some were even burnt. That's when I realised they might have been in the full sun for too long.

I took 6 of the best looking seedlings and put them in their own little pot. Yes, that's a toilet roll. I hope they make it :-)
They are Tumbling Tom tomatoes, a trailing variety. The seeds I got are a mix of red and yellow tomatoes.

In other garden news: We started work on the veranda and the pond. This is our neighbour Rob, destroying our grass. Rob is also going to dig our pond.

I took this photo from the garden doors. This is where the veranda and the pond will be.

We will be planting a wildflower meadow in the back towards the trees there. And we're going to plant a beech hedge between properties, where the fence is on the left.

If the wildflower meadow hits off, we might turn part of the back garden (the biggest part of the garden) into a meadow too. At the moment it's mostly grass.

Achtertuin zomer 2014 The back-back garden a.k.a. the mini camping, Summer of 2014

09 March 2015

First BBQ 2015

It was beautiful weather yesterday. Our first warm day of the year. After a morning of hard work in the garden it was Wine Time.

Time for the first BBQ of the year. Our last BBQ of 2014 was in November. We hardly had any Winter.

I marinated the Brussel sprouts in mustard and olive oil. Not too bad. But the combination of prawns & Brussel sprouts is not something I will repeat in the near future.