5 August 2013

☆彡 Green Fingers! ♡

I love home grown produce! This year I actually managed to persuade my Mum to agree to growing an organic garden. However with the typical British weather it was hard to find the correct time to plant as we don't own a protective shelter or green house. Meaning our seedlings were open to the elements. Luckily we managed to grow, peas, beans and an assortment of flowers, sunflowers and sweetpeas. But never managed to pot the chive, carrots or onions! I was sad because fresh carrots taste the best too.  
Yesterday I harvested the last of my peas, they're super sweet to eat raw. We ended up eating them with a Sunday dinner. To feed a Family of four I need to grow more plants, we had eight plants in total but not enough! Of all the pods I have picked I found two bad-gross-eugh ones. But no wiggly friends, good job!
I recently managed to pot my Strawberry since they are.. multiplying? Each 'Parent' pot has two plants, and two of the 'Baby' pots have twins. I have ten Strawberry plants?! Actually I have fourteen in total but they aren't pictured. Everyone should love fresh strawberry! I adore them, and so do the birds. So luckily the plants not pictured were a good distraction as the birds seem to enjoy pecking those pots in particular. There was a good harvest this year, better than last year and had some really huge fat juicy berries! Yum.
Old Man!
I grew Sunflowers!! For the third year in a row! Although these were terrible, my first attempt was amazing, they grew so tall and the stems were thicker than two of my fingers. These ones are only a little taller than me, and I'm small. Boo! But the weather didn't help at all, they were slow to flower this year and the heads are tiny in comparison to the leaves, which bugs find yummy.
Oh yeah, and very typical as the rain snapped around half of the sunflowers, I have three others in jars of water. Once these die off I will hang the heads to dry out (unless it rains) and let the birds eat the seeds. Last year we had a squirrel visiting us, he was fun to watch.
My Mum really promotes a 'wild garden' that or she's a lazy gardener?  Behind our shed is a wild garden, we had wild poppies growing with full pompom flowers which are beautiful and so delicate. Here's another gripe about the rain: it destroyed these within a matter of minutes.

I love my Garden, but I don't love rain, or bugs - especially spiders. So I suck majorly at actually Gardening once I see something move. I am also really excited because my Boyfriend agreed and said I could grow something for him back in Japan! I wonder if he will tend to them? So when I next go we will pick something fun and easy to grow! Do any of my readers grow anything in the Garden? Actually this post was slightly inspired by another Blogger who is growing so many things herself!


  1. I garden and many things grow in Japan. Your boyfriend should have no trouble as long as he keeps his plant watered. (BTW I am envious of your strawberries! Who knows when mine will fruit!)

    1. I hope to grow something good, even if I start with simple herbs.
      Your strawberries have flowers though! Which is a good sign of fruit to come, but the fruit grows at such a slow pace.

  2. Organic anything really tastes so much better! My boyfriend has one in his backyard but nothing is really growing because we've had such a shitty summer so far. It's been extremely wet so nothing's growing properly T_T

    Haha, I don't like bugs either, I would garden if it didn't involve bugs. Nothing is more horrifying than while you're digging up the dirt and you stumble across a worm.


    1. It does taste better! But here it's three times the price so it's really off putting.
      Our Summer too has been so bad, if I had a rice paddy it would be fine! (_ _ ||)

      I can tolerate worms if they're not near me and I'm not going to touch them, but spiders I can run for miles from them. (; 3 ;)

  3. That all looks amazing (even the sunflowers you say are crummy!)....there are no words to express how much I want to eat your peas. I love raw peas!!

    Have you been to any garden stores in Japan?? They have lots of great stuff...there are also lots of fantastic gardening books (a lot about indoor gardening given it is Japan)...any way, I assume they're fantastic, I can't read the Japanese but the pictures look pretty inspiring haha!

    I really want my own garden someday...but living in Sydney most of my life I've seldom had one. We have some plants on our balcony, but nothing too exciting (or edible).

    1. The peas are the best part! I blame Japan for that, every meal out we get a bowl full of edamame peas. Yum.

      I walked by a small florist shop almost every day, and the temptation to pick up lavender was huge, but that attracts so many bees and we only had a small balcony already (that the AC vent took over). OTL

      You will get your garden one day! Peas are great climbers, perhaps you could get a wall fixture?!