Friday, 31 May 2013

Making Do ......



Making do is something I've always been good at, thinking quickly and reassessing things something you learn when you're in retail management and luckily it translates well to my new 'career' that of smallholder and veggie grower.
 
When the greenhouse came down things were quickly relocated to their new temporary homes.  The tender seedlings spent their first few nights under plastic cloches getting used to the cooler utility room ... 
 


... now they've acclimatised they are without their plastic tops and sat next to the open door during the day.
They've all survived as far as I can see.
 
 


Outside the window on the patio is the new working area for planting and potting on, simply the long bench from the greenhouse, altered and strengthened by Lovely Hubby. Under the black plastic is my compost tray, I mix two types of compost for seed planting.  John Innes seed compost and multi purpose about one third of the former and two thirds of the latter is my preferred (and cheaper) way of doing things, mixed together and then left to dry out slightly before being trowelled into toilet roll tubes or plant pots and the seeds added.
 
Today is a day for catching up, I've been away all week looking at properties with my lovely Mum, who's also house hunting, she's found a beautiful modern flat that we're hoping will be her new home.  So it's all plants and properties for me at the moment.  But today I am taking a step back from both and having a good sort out ready for this weekends car boot sale, it's good to clear the clutter and we are almost there. The forecast (up to now), is good for Sunday so I want to have everything ready to load up the truck tomorrow.  Today will be sorting and stacking the boxes and then tomorrow will be baking more chocolate muffins.
 
I have even sorted through all the food stuffs we have and the things we have decided we do not want to eat are being sold to add some money back into the £2 House Keeping tin.
 
I've just updated the £2 HouseKeeping Challenge page as it's the last day of May, where has this year gone to it's whizzing by!!
 
Sue xx

9 comments:

  1. I love the way you didnt sit around sooking about the greenhouse but got on with things and made the best out of a situation. Well Done.

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  2. Good luck at the car boot. What I do if plants get a bit 'leggy' and lean towards the light is to put a piece of foil around a bit of card and stand it behind plants to reflect light.

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    1. Hello! So glad l read your comment, what a great idea! Pam

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  3. My tomato plants are basking in hot temps out on the drawbridge...not a real drawbridge but it looks like one,so drawbridge it is. Poor things are not growing very quickly..I'm hoping the heat will give them a boost.
    Jane x

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  4. I need you to come over and get my life into order

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  5. So glad you are getting things back in order, reorganizing and reassessing is a great talent to have. Good luck with property hunting and boot sale! Pam :-)

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  6. Things are getting kinda stressful yet exciting for you... best of luck with the property search!

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  7. Well done Sue. Will you get a greenhouse ? I expect you could get one on ebay or similar for not much.

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    1. No I would never get another one, polytunnels are SO much better, and suit my style of growing more. So I'll hang on til we move which should be in time for next years growing season :-)

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