Friday, 17 January 2014

There's life in the winter garden

I've broken my laptop and I'm not happy! I managed to crack the liquid display and it's now basically useless, fortunately I came up with the idea that I may be able to connect the laptop to the monitor of my old computer with a VGA lead and hey presto, I can at least use the laptop - phew!

It's that time of year again where we're all busy, busy, busy planning the new gardening year isn't it! I have a basic plan of veggies I'll be growing but I've cut right back and won't be bothering with Cabbage (the ones currently rotting in the veg patch prove we don't eat it much) or Cauliflower (I did grow some successfully last year but the heads weren't worth the effort involved) and I'm also limiting the amount of some of the other veggies I grow yearly.
This years veggies will be:
  • Sweetcorn.
  • Cucumber.
  • Courgette - growing outside this year as they go too mouldy in the PT.
  • French Beans.
  • Swede.
  • Leeks.
  • Parsnips.
  • Onions - inside and out.
  • Tomatoes - only 2 plants though as they never ripen.
  • Salad bar - I've never been able to grow Lettuce so I want to master it this year.
  • Potatoes - I 'may' have a go with these again this year, blight has affected previous years.
I took a wander around the garden yesterday as I've spent most of my time at the PT and I was quite surprised at what is either still in flower or is showing signs of coming into flower, I guess this winter has been quite mild so far.

Kaffir Lily in sheltered position.


I'm not sure what this stuff is called but I was fascinated by it yesterday. An old tree trunk is covered with various types of this funghi looking stuff - very pretty in its own way.

Despite it being the middle of winter, there really is life in the garden.


  1. No carrots? Fungus is always fascinating isn't it?

    1. No Carrots Sue. My last couple of attempts have been terrible lol.
      Apparently the stuff on the tree is called Trametes Versicolor :) Lovely FB people knew what it was :)

  2. We had the same fungi a couple of years ago..... on a rotting pyracantha trunk. It's beautiful isn't it. Someone told me it was called Turkey fungus. We also had a suede looking type as well but I never found the name of that. Hope you get your laptop sorted :-)

  3. Impressive fungi Linda. Never seen a Scottish gardener growing sweetcorn, good luck.


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