Monday 31st May 2021 – Bank Holiday – Sun, Sea, Sand and Soil…..

It’s the last Bank Holiday until August (that’s in England anyway), so as the sun was shining I wasn’t going to waste any of it.

We packed up a picnic and headed to the beach. Since we’ve lived by the sea we promised ourselves that we would all take a few hours out of our busy lives to picnic on the beach as often as we could, weather permitting of course. We didn’t manage to picnic many times last year due to Covid restrictions, but now that some restrictions have been lifted we are able to chill on the pebbles once again.

When we arrived the tide was way out and the sand was showing. I went for a little quick paddle of course. The sea was calm and because it was shallow it was very warm. I’m sure if I ventured out further into deeper waters then it would have been very cold indeed. But as I had some 3/4 length trousers on, and no spare clothes I wasn’t going to go out far.

Just sitting on the beach reading a book is very soothing and calming. No worries, just switch off for a couple of hours and enjoy the fresh air. Read a book and listen to the waves lap onto the pebbles. Bliss.

The tide was on its way in, and soon the sand disappeared. But where we were on the pebbles was raised up so we didn’t have to worry.

We enjoyed our picnic and chatted to each other about various things. The breeze was blowing in from the NW so had a little chill on it, but you didn’t need a coat, just a jumper.

We stayed for a couple of hours (living so close by you don’t need to make a day of it), and then packed up and when back home.

The afternoon I had planned on being out in the garden, so the first thing I did was to mow the grass. With all the rain this month the grass grew really long during “No mow May”. Yes I know it’s still May, but I’m working on the 1st June so won’t be able to mow the grass then and it’s getting really long. I think I ended up emptying the grass basket about half a dozen times, and I’ve not got a huge amount of grass to cut.

Once that was done then it was time to see how many more plants I could get out in the veg patch. Sorting the garden and greenhouses is a bit like doing a Sudoku puzzle at the moment. Do a little bit here, then move that there. That can now be done, but first I have to do that! So complicated. I’m so glad the chickens and the plants don’t think I’ve lost my mind as I spend most of the time talking to myself in the garden.

I managed to plant out a load more tomatoes. This year I’m growing some outside and some inside the greenhouses, it’ll be interesting to see what difference that makes. To give the tomatoes a little more support, I’ve made a wigwam of 4 canes, I’m hoping that they’ll support each other, but only time will tell.

In this video I suggest 2 litre pots but 3 litre pots would be better as they’ll give the plants more room to spread their roots. But if 2 litre pots are all you have they will do just fine.

When planting tomato plants outside in the soil, make sure you dig a deep hole. The hole needs to be deep enough so the first “true leaves” are just above the soil, but anything below the first set of true leaves is below the soil.

Start to feed your tomatoes once the flowers start to appear but not any sooner. If you feed before the flowers appear then you’ll just get a mass of leaves.

I also planted the sweetcorn in between the pumpkins and squashes. They are still a little on the small side, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.

The snap peas are growing well and are really thinking about producing some flowers. Hopefully if this lovely warm weather keeps going then I’ll be harvesting the first peas in 4-6 weeks.

Lettuces are also nearly ready and the next set of seeds that I sowed a while ago are germinating.

So everything seems to be growing well. Various bits like the carrots, and spring onions are a little slower than normal, but hopefully they’ll catch up now the weather is warmer.

A very productive Bank Holiday Monday, I hope you’ve had a fabulous time as well.

Happy gardening!!

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2 Responses to Monday 31st May 2021 – Bank Holiday – Sun, Sea, Sand and Soil…..

  1. Kelly says:

    If you don’t mind me asking what do you do for a living? I’ve heard you mention working in clients gardens. I would love to start doing that, how did you start?

    • I tidy other peoples gardens and make them look lovely and neat and tidy. I started by gardening for a friend and then I was recommended to someone else, and it just snowballed from there.

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