Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Vegetable patching pond making and chutney

Hi Everyone,

well its the 1st September today and the first day of Autumn noooooooo what happened to our Summer i am not ready yet to get the boots and thick jumpers out or ready for the dark nights i am hoping we get an Indian summer for September. I have so much to share with you i have been a busy bee the past week. I was going to make this post a vegetable patch only post but i have finished my pond down at my allotment and couldn't wait to share it with you i have never built a pond before so i am pretty chuffed with it :-) and although its only small it will hopefully attract some of the frogs and  dragonflies that are there.

So from that little car tyre being dug into the ground and lined with plastic sheeting and the pieces of wood taken from a wooden pallet to make a frame over the top of the tyre. I bought a bag of pebbles and then proceeded to make a clay from soil digging a hole into the soil and drenching it with water, i then put a thick layer of the wet mud on top of the wood and used this to lay the pebbles on top this acted as a glue to the pebbles.

I continued until i had covered all the wood and also put some just to the edge on the ground to make it look a bit more level.

And Hey Presto i have a lovely little pond :-) I also dug into the ground a tiny little wooden pallet which allows me to get close to the pond to clean it and also i will put pots of plants onto it so the frogs have a platform to hide.

I have this weekend planted some flowering plants and also some chives, lavender and parsley around and i am really pleased with the way it has turned out and all it cost me was £8 for the bag of pebbles as the tyre was free from a skip and we already had the blue sheeting in the garage and the wood was free also as it came from a pallet.

I have been making my chutney for Christmas this past week to with my green tomato's from the garden i have been making this for a few years now Green tomato and apple spiced chutney its from one of my vintage cook books it needs to mature for a few months but oh boy its lovely with cheese and potatoes.

I did have to add a couple of red tomato's to as i was just a couple short on green ones.

And well its been a while since i spoke about my Vegetable patch but its doing really well and with all the rain we have been having the veg is growing well.

I cant wait to be able to sort the paths out here and stop those pesky weeds but we are still waiting for news as to if we can rent the cottage where my veg patch is but we have been told we should be getting an answer very soon. I do hope so i have felt like we have been in limbo since February.

My leeks are standing tall and proud and looking very strong cant wait until i can pull some up leek and potato soup will be in the making.

My mass sowing of carrots has resulted in these little beauties i did think about thinning them but decided to leave them as they looked more than happy the tops on these now are very long and tall.

The 2 courgette plants i sowed are still producing lovely flowers and also.....

And also some fruit now :-) except when i went up on Sunday something had done this to one

Not sure what has taken a bite out of it there are no holes in the fence so we are pretty sure a rabbit hasn't got in can only think a bird as had a go i am hoping when i go up today nothing else has been attacked.

And my Peas that i sowed direct into the ground and have grown really well and are now producing flowers to :-)

The cucumber plants i sowed are still producing lots of fruit to and boy are they prickly, fingers crossed they continue to grow especially now the weather is cooler and they are growing outside no longer under cover.

The lettuces and brussel sprouts continue to grow the spinach i planted some as gone to seed but i also have 2 plants that seem to be growing well.

So all in all i am feeling pretty encouraged with all that's growing :-) The beetroot is growing slowly as are the spring onions and red onions but the dwarf beans are doing well to will get some more photo's this week.

Due to the rain last week i wasn't able to weed the allotment so that is my job for this week and deciding what to make with all my cherry tomatoes that are growing like mad in my garden.

Just love the brightness of them :-)

Thank  you for your lovely comment on my last post and for taking the time to stop by and read my little space.

Until next time bye for now,

Hugs dee xx


  1. What a fantastic wee pond! we plan on having one in our garden too...we just need to get round to it (like everything else lol)
    I adore the bunting over your veg patch too :) My courgette plants ended up getting eaten :( but it was my first go at growing them so i'm just proud i got them to last this long lol :)

  2. Love the pond, what a great feature it really enhances your space. A brilliant vegetable patch with some wonderful produce. I have been making chutneys and jams and packing things into the freezer for Christmas this week too.

  3. I was a bit worries after yesterday but, between showers, its gone back to being warm and sunny today! I've heard rumours of an Indian Summer, failing that I need to get a flight booked and experience the real thing!
    Those tomatoes look wonderful. I've been lucky enough to experience your chutney before and it really is delicious. xxx

  4. Your pond is really lovely and the veg are coming along really well. I shall keep my fingers crossed for more warm weather.

  5. Love the pond! It works so well. You've worked so hard and isn't it great growing yer own? I hope we have a bit longer of the summer to finish off, but it's so chilly in the evenings just lately that I'm not convinced. Have a lovely weekend.xxxxx

  6. How lovely is that pond! And I like your header as well.

  7. Doesn't the pond look wonderful?! You've done a great job there.
    I'm enjoying following the progress of your little patch of earth, it all looks beautifully organised, and the produce is fab. Well done you! xxx

  8. Hello you... have a super time in your veg garden it looks amazing... you both have worked so hard.. have a super Christmas Fair.. and Christmas with your family...
    Thinking of you