Chasing My Tail


I am SO sorry I failed to post last weekend; it was manic! We had a planting, digging, buying frenzy closely followed by bad traffic on my way home which sadly resulted in no time for blogging before my head hit the pillow, wearily acknowledging that in six hours the alarm would be blaring out it’s overly cheerful tune and I’d have to be up and out for another caffeine driven week of non-stop action – most of which, when I finally sit down with a little time to think, was a dramatic display in chasing ones own tail. More of the same next week.

This feeling of dissatisfaction is merely highlighted by the memory of muddying my only smart work shoes (whoops!) digging into good, honest dirt, filling the hole with a fruiting bush and filling it in; standing back once the work was done and admiring the genuinely positive fruits (excuse the pun) of my labour. – In fairness, The Boyfriend did most of the digging, uprooting the existing border plants and replacing them with Rhubarb and Rasberries whilst I potted up the Broad Beans (now HUGE!) along with some Perpetual Spinach and Tom Thumb lettuce, for a cut-and-come again crop whilst we wait for the beans to reach maturity.

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I was fairly convinced that the Physalis we planted a while ago had rotted as seeds; we’d cuddled them, watered them and given them heat and for two weeks the soil surface remained barren of life; so we did something I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do. – We went digging. I could find nothing but dirt, and with a heavy heart was about to toss the pot down when I spied a tiny white stem – They LIVE! Quickly I re-covered the seeds and to my shock they still saw fit to welcome the world less than a week later with pinpricks of green. I’m delighted! I love Physalis, and to have such a high seedling germination rate is a fantastic confidence boost for The Boyfriend and myself. (hopefully at least some plants will make it to maturity as well. Fingers crossed.)

On the note of mature plants, I need help. desperately. Rufus, our Calamondin Lime/Orange is really quite ill. After a weekend spent left by accident in an unheated room he is very very sick. All his leaves shriveled and died and dropped at the slightest touch. In an attempt to resuscitate him I’ve repotted the poor lad with citrus compost and fed him with a summer citrus feed, but I don’t know if it’s too little too late 😦 If anyone has any advice on how to save Rufus I’d be really grateful! Please comment below, I’ve done an internet search and it seems that quite a few people struggle with citrus in the UK, but I’m determined not to give up on him. I WILL grow citrus!

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Sad Rufus 😦

Additional updates to the Fourth Farthing of note – We’ve planted up a planter with five Strawberries,The Boyfriend started off his Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit, we bought a Chilli plant for the kitchen windowsill and begin sowing the Lettuce and Spinach as well as some Cayenne Pepper; fingers crossed for some yummy yummy results later on in the year! 🙂

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Just thought I’d pop a quick line in to apologise for the lack of post this weekend; bad traffic and lots of planting contributed to a lack of time for blogging. Fear not, there’s a MONSTER post coming your way this weekend!

Aaaall byyyy my seeeelf…

I have spent this weekend on my lonesome. Therefore I have not been to see The Boyfriend, nor the Fourth Farthing. Very sad times. Instead I visited my parents for a much needed rest, and jealously eyed their poly tunnel. One day I shall own one! – I hope.

However, the week has not been wasted. On Saturday I whipped up a no-kneed bread for my parents, and bought them a pretty Rosemary tree in exchange for a pair of Courgette seeds, the last of the Beetroot, and six Rasberry canes to add to the Farthing next weekend.

I am more than a little pleased with this week’s bounty.

The Boyfriend meanwhile has not been idle; yesterday he sent me a video of the Broad Beans, all bravely showing their  green faces , ready to be potted on, and the Pak Choi of which over half germinated! A few pioneering Spinach and Lambs Lettuce have also decided to raise their heads above the ground and see what is going on. On the other hand, the Physalis remain stubbornly dormant. I’m hoping a little extra heat and less watering will wake them up and get them to join the party.

Today The Boyfriend sent me this photo:

He has begun learning how to knit from his mother; a skill he dropped altogether at the age of seven. He inspires me so much, proving that there is no such thing as ‘can’t’; only ‘haven’t had enough practice… Yet.’

I find it incredible that three weeks ago we had no garden, very few DIY skills, and made next to nothing (except potstickers and tortillas -yum!-) from scratch. Now we have vegetables, fruit and herbs growing, The Boyfriend can’t seem to get enough of making bread, he’s learning to knit and trying to teach himself a little basic woodwork (any help or woodwork related super-beginner ideas much appreciated), whilst I brush off my somewhat primitive crochet skills, and stare in awe at what we have created in such a short period of time. I’ve never been happier, anyone really can become just a little more self sufficient. We are the ultimate beginners; but we’re eager, ready to try anything we can turn our hand to and give it a go. I can’t wait to see what we do.