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Over the Easter weekend I planted out our seedlings and picked up some plants that were nearly dead and going cheap. 

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These are a mixture of a rose bush with primroses I was given, to the left is a pot of wildflowers and to the right a snowball shrub. 

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Our selection of herbs are starting to grow. 

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More wild flowers and marigolds.  There is another pot like this. 

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Our pear tree, looking bear, it had a disease on the leaves so they had to go 😦 but hopefully enough are left that it will be ok, yes the grass is long and there are dandelions everywhere, just the way the insects like it :).

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On the left is our blueberry bush and on the right is a raspberry bush.  On either side of those are pots of wild flowers, marigolds and onions.  

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A mixture of flowers to attract the bees and butterflies along with medieval herbs and some strawberries. 

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Further down, our rose bushes, plum tree, apple tree and more wildflowers, looking forward to those coming up. 

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A closer shot of our beautiful apple trees, I’m training the roses upwards as they are meant to be ground covering, but they seem to be growing up and out, so making the most of it, ha ha, need to pick up a bottle from there!

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Then our strawberries and the bush that grew from nothing on a pile of rubble. 

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Our cherry tree and containers that collect rainwater. 

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Lemon balm and rocket. 

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Strawberries on the left that had been outside and rubarb on the right. 

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From the green pot on the left, runner beans, up to peas, onions, potatoes, spring onions, down to strawberries and in the middle will be beetroot. 

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At the far end peppers and tomatoes, then rocket, spinach, broccoli, aloe vera and cucumber which you can’t quite see. 

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Mint and Carrots.  

 

 

 

Hello peeps, I’ve been hibernating.  Coming up on my blog will be details on how to make your own Mothers Day gifts, bath bombs, soap, toner, moisturiser, lip balm and eye gel.  Some images will be included with some step by step instructions.

Our seeds are planted in our mini greenhouse, hopefully to grow into some produce this year.  Our wild flowers have been planted all around the garden and I was surrounded by the sounds of singing birds and buzzing bees whilst completing these tasks.  Our peppers are on the way as you can see, on the windowsill.  I’ve used skewers to support them for now.  We will be putting some of the veggies into a bottle garden on our trellis and will add a post about this when we do it.  I used some cardboard from a blackberry bush we bought (it’s packaging) and made the labels for the seeds as I’m not so good with recognising plants yet!

Due to popular demand our lip balm will be available for sale soon but the cost is so high on putting cosmetics on the market (regardless of their simplicity or natural content) that we can only afford one at a time but will add more if that takes off.  30% of profit will go to charity.  At the moment it is looking to be to a food bank.

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Part of what we want to do is try to test ideas that would enable people with small spaces to grow at least some produce.  One I know that works as I have seen it and can look lovely, we plan to do this next year on trellis we already have, is to use bottle towers.  This is an excellent example with instructions and I can’t take any credit for it, I just searched for it, but when we do it I’ll post images.  http://containergardening.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/bottle-tower-gardening-how-to-start-willem-van-cotthem/

Update: 15/09/13 – today my friends little girl collected the seeds from apples we foraged for.  I am going to follow this to try and get some sprouting 🙂

http://www.ehow.com/how_2135774_grow-apple-seeds.html#page=1

I’ll update this as we go along.

UPDATE: 17/09/13 – I soaked the apple seeds for 24 hours and they are packed up, into the fridge they go for 80 days.

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I didn’t have any kitchen roll so used cotton pads.  Our first packet of seeds have arrived, Angelica.  We will be growing on windowsills.  I will be posting the instructions when we get the seeds and are ready to plant.  I intend to use litre bottles, I will be cutting them 2/3rds of the way up, the bottoms will be filled with stones to give the plants natural drainage whilst being indoors.  I will then place a circle of cardboard which will eventually mulch but for now will provide a barrier between earth and stones.  Plus it will give a firmer base for packing down the earth.  We would then add compost and plant the seeds, the bottle tops will be used as propagators until we have seedlings.  We have a lot of herbs coming so I’m hoping in a few months we’ll have a window herb garden. 🙂