Homegrown veg will travel.

Homegrown veg
Here’s some veg picked from the garden last night ready to travel 8 hours with us to our self catering holiday location. HOLIDAY TIME YAY!!

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Raised veg bed created for free

Thought you might like to see my raised veg bed created all for free.

Raised veg bed
Wood frame- wood came from the roof trusses of my neighbour’s garage that they had taken down to build an extension. Expertly constructed by my handy hubby.

Soil – came from Freecycle. A lovely man had removed it from his mother’s garden to lay a base for her new shed. It needed some sorting to take out various bits & pieces but didn’t take me long.

And the plants came as excess from my father-in-laws allotment.

The net cage was part of my birthday present from hubby & my 5yo daughter.

I’m very happy with the finished product.

Princess Knight in shining armour.

Today was Medieval Banquet day at my 5yos school to round off their topic of castles etc.  My 5yo and I spent 2 hours last night making her outfit.

All I purchased for it was – 57p roll of tin foil.

We had cardboard (old moving boxes), sticky tape, staples and crafty bits for decorating and sword all at home already.

She did the decoration herself. So proud she was excited about us making it and she thought it was brilliant!

Shining Armour

Tomato plant trial – Grafted versus seed grown

Ali & Ele -size comparison

Ali & Ele -size comparison


Well it’s plain to see Ele (grafted plant – left of image) has become a bit of a monster and Ali (seed grown plant) is certainly the “little” sister BUT “as they say” size isn’t everything because there is an interesting development when it comes to flowers on the trusses!

As of the 30th June, Ele, the grafted plant, has developed 5 trusses with between 8-11 flowers per truss.

Ele's truss

Ele’s truss


Whereas Ali, the seed grown plant, has developed 3 trusses so far but has approx 24 flowers per truss.
Ali's truss

Ali’s truss

Ali’s trusses seem to be double stemmed (forked) and so has double the flowers that Ele has on her single stemmed truss. So if both plants successfully develop their flowers into fruit it would appear that Ali will have more fruit. Very interesting turn of events considering the monster of a plant that Ele has become when compared to Ali.

Now, as I am no expert, I don’t know if this development is a feature of the type of tomato plant but maybe Huntingdon Garden and Leisure can comment on that for us.

I’ll keep you posted on this interesting development.

Homemade necklace

My lovely 5yo daughter made me this beautiful necklace for my birthday.  The look of pride on her face when I have been wearing it and telling people she made it for me is worth more than diamonds.

I love it!

Handmade necklace

Handmade necklace