Gardening, Hiring Help in the Garden, Make over

Dex the digger, brought his mate Luke to work one day saying that he would share his wages with him, but needed, or perhaps he said wanted,  someone else to work with, I can’t quite remember. Well, pleased that the work would get done quicker, I insisted that Luke should be paid equal wages too.  Seeing two grown men working  for half wages did not sit right with me.  However, over the next few days, it did seem to be taking a long time to do these last bits of garden. work  Then the rain came, and came and came and came, so that when Dex and Luke came to work, they had to take shelter in the shed at frequent intervals. I was away for 3 days and left them to work, as I had done before when Dex worked alone. This time on my return however, there definitely did seem to be less work done than when Dex had been alone.  Did I smell a rat? Had it rained that much? Was I getting paranoid?   I pondered over the weekend, and decided to ask Dex to come to work early on Monday, without Luke.  I would then work with him most of the day myself. I rang on Sunday to arrange this, but couldn’t speak to Dex directly, leaving a message instead.  Early Monday came and went. Dex did arrive late morning with Luke, full of apologies.  Unfortunately his personal life had fallen apart that weekend and he had to travel from Kent that morning, from where he was now staying.  The cost was outrageous and accounted for most of his earnings that day. We all three worked in the garden till early afternoon and got most jobs finished and the place looking tidy.  The new turf had taken well and loved all the rain.  I had bought just the Cordyline I wanted and found the perfect place for it. But that was the last I saw of Dex and was left feeling very sad for him. I left thinking about the rest of the garden for another time.

      

Gardening, Quotations

Gardening Quotes to Think About

Gardening has inspired writers the world over, and many great minds have turned to the garden for peace, pleasure, or as a creative outlet. Here are some gardening quotes and sayings that we think you may enjoy.

Nature never goes out of style, gardening quote against fall leaves

“Nature never goes out of style.” — Anonymous

Earth laughs in flowers quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson writer against peacock and tulips garden

“Earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

A gardener learns more in the mistakes beautiful garden quote by Barbara Dodge Borland

“A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes.” — Barbara Dodge Borland

He that plants trees quote by Thomas Fuller against pine forest nature photo

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” — Thomas Fuller

Do you have any favourite gardening and nature related quotations? Share them with us in the comments!

Gardening, Hiring Help in the Garden, How To, Make over

I am over the worry of it now and on the downhill stretch.  There were enough bricks reclaimed to remake the wall, and it looks great in light yellow colours of the old London Stock bricks that the house is built in. The path beside it we started in the crazy paving that was down before.  However, I was using them only because they were there.  I don’t really like the look of crazy paving in a Victorian house setting. The Dex came up with a plan.  He had only just started and the cement was still wet.  It takes quite a time to fit the jigsaw puzzle together and we reasoned that laying concrete was quicker.  Dex’s master plan was to inlay white stones in the cement.  I was due to rush to Sussex on a school pick up run in an hour, but chose to rush to the local Jewsons to buy more cement and white stones.  I couldn’t quite picture the white path, but took a chance that my taste and Dex’s would match. I flew down to Sussex, but had a bad night there imagining the path to look like a long trail from the top of a grave. The next morning a friend commented that that he had never seem a garden makeover with a graveyard theme….that helped.

But it was lovely and I am so pleased.  It still has to have a resin coating so I think it will wear well.

                

Gardening

Growing watercress in raised beds

Raised beds are the ideal way to grow one of my favourite crops.  I just love watercress and, as someone who is lactose intolerant, it is a very important source of calcium. In fact, it contains 270mg of calcium per 100g – that’s twice as much as milk!

salad munching dachshund
Photo credit: tz1_1zt via Flickr

Watercress in very easy to grow and does not need to be grown in water. My raised beds are filled with the right moisture retaining soil, rich in humus. I have just started to add a little lime to make sure the soil is slightly alkaline, thanks to the advice of Andy McIndoe on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. As the watercress grows it has a rambling habit which is neatly contained inside the walls of the raised bed. Any watering is also more easily retained within the walls.  All in all it is the perfect place and I have at least 4 beds growing summer and winter, some watercress and some land cress. Lets hope I will be self-sufficient this year, thanks to the more tips from Rebecca Bevan from Wisley.