I watched the Commonwealth Games opening last night, been too busy this morning to watch any, but I'll catch up this afternoon. I think I will have to go to Birmingham when it is finished to see that bull!! I am sure they said last night that it was going to be on permanent display somewhere, but according to that piece that may not be the case.
29 July 2022
Gardening and jam making
On Wednesday I decided I would make up that second raised bed. I know I should have done it before as I am not sure I will be using it much this year, but it will be ready for the Spring. I decided to paint it too. The first one is 6' x 4', which I have found is a bit wide, this one is 6' x 3'. I hope it will be better. I shall have to order some more topsoil to fill it.
I have enough boards left to make another 6' x 3' and a 3' square bed for putting annuals in. Or I may make a 6' x 2' raised bed instead of the 6' x 3' and put a divider in it, so there are two beds and fill one half with ericaceous soil and put a blueberry in it. I will have to look up what other fruit or vegetable or plants can go in it. I just need someone to saw the boards up for me. I'll have to paint the first one too when all the crops are done.
I joined the Dobbies Garden Centre Club earlier this year and had to go back yesterday, (well I didn't have to, but I was glad I did), as the last time I went the tills weren't working properly and they couldn't add the points I had to my card. I shall have to go again as I forgot to take the receipt. 😒
Well anyway, I went and got one of my monthly free cups of tea and then had a look around and found they had lots of plants in the reduced area.
First of all, there was this Alstroemeria Indian Summer (£3 reduced from £19.99) and then a Lilium Star Romance, (£3 reduced from £7.99).
So all in all a great visit to Dobbies. And I think I have saved enough to pay for half the first month's DD for the rise in the electricity. 😍
I haven't done as well as Sue at My Quiet Life in Suffolk, who had a meal made of almost all home-produced food, but I am pretty pleased with the vegetables I had for tea last night.
My niece had given me some rhubarb, from their garden and I wanted to make some jam, so after Dobbies yesterday I went to the supermarket to get some fruit and other bits and pieces as well as some sugar for jam making. While there I saw some strawberries reduced to 81p from £2, I got three trays of them and thought I would make some strawberry jam too. So my plan for this morning as it is supposed to be wet today (sorry again to the Suffolk folk), was to make jam. Here is the strawberry jam. But I forgot that the rhubarb has to stand overnight with the sugar, so I will have to do that tomorrow.
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