Well so much for the rain this weekend. I spent all day on Saturday indoors expecting it to rain and it didn't. It would have been perfect washing weather (which we seem to constantly have piles of) but the forecast had predicted rain and I'm not a fan of running through the house to get the washing in when it starts raining. Yesterday however was right, the sun was out, it was quite hot and nice weather. Today it should be raining too. It seems overcast but I can't hear much rain.
Anyhow, so we spent yesterday in the garden again. I enjoy gardening probably because it's the only exercise I get at the moment! No where here is really within walking distance, and we've still not had time to get our bikes yet. So getting out into the garden means fresh air and exercise. So yesterday we popped to the shops, came back and made lunch. It was a nice afternoon so I pulled the cover off our new patio furniture so we could sit out, only to find an ants nest on the table A couple of kettles of boiling water later and it was cleared off but we figured there was an ants nest under the loose paving slabs that cover our 'patio', so Dave popped out for ant powder and some slug pellets too, as a couple have been found wandering near my lettuces.
So the men (that'd be Dave and Paul) moved all of the paving slabs off the raised patio which we have and it's now covered in white powder! In the mean time I dug over one of our empty borders that's going to be a vegetable patch when Paul gets around to growing something in it. For now it's half full of old potatoes to see if we can grow more. I found another 2 potato plants growing in the herb garden so those have been added to the other which is coming along nicely. My herbs, lettuces and raspberry canes are all doing well too. I'm quite impressed with myself to be honest as I've not really maintained a garden (or part of a garden) before let alone grown food.
However the downside with this garden is that it's been a lot of work as the owner and any previous tenants didn't care about it at all. We've dug up a stack (and it's a big stack) of bricks and roof tiles, there's glass and plastic bags / bin bags throughout the garden. There's a whole bag of clay which has been dumped in one part of the garden, and there's a natural base of clay in another part, so when it rains we have a swimming pool! Even the raised patio has just had the paving slabs laid on top with no fixing. Of course we're just renting so regardless of what we do with it, there's only so much we can take with us. The plants that can come will come, but I don't want to go spending out on a garden that isn't mine. Especially as what we've done to it has probably already added a nice value to the house which we'd never see. Heck we've been waiting for them to fix the dishwasher for over 7 months! But it's nice to have a garden to sit in (when the ants are all gone). We're still working hard on getting some decent grass to grow as the grassy area is pretty bad, the clay underneath doesn't help.
But all in all it's fun