July 2010

About 5 weeks ago I took my home-grown compost and spread it amongst all the plants in the back garden to give them a good supply of natural food. On the top of the soil lots of broken egg shells were scattered about meaning it was harder for the snails and slugs to get to my plants. Up to that point my garden was infested with them, my back garden backs onto a farmer’s field and there’s a small patch of land he doesn’t plough and it’s overgrown, a perfect hiding place for those critters. Anyway since I put the compost down the broken egg shells have stopped most of the snails from entering my garden so I was well pleased.

These plants bugged me for days, what are they?

But looking at the garden a few days ago I spotted something else. A plant which, on closer inspection resembled a plant I knew but at that time couldn’t remember the name of. For 3 days I rattled my brain. I knew it as I had seen the leaves before. The stems have small hairs on them which were characteristic to a plant I had grown before, even the smell was so familiar it started to do my head in. Then EUREKA!! It came to me yesterday what they were. Now these plants have not been planted this year because I was supposed to be somewhere else and didn’t think they would survive but there they were, a little small granted but growing quite happily all over the garden. They were everywhere, 1, 2, 3, 4 hell there was over a dozen small but happy plants growing in those patches and I couldn’t believe it.

They had stems I knew but couldn't figure out what they were

But where did the seeds comes from? I didn’t plant them and there was too many for a bird to have dropped them. Then it hit me. As I said I have recently mixed my home-grown compost in with the soil around the garden and the seeds must have been mixed in! God how long have they been in the compost for waiting to be sown so they could grow? The compost is around 12 months old in the bin I am taking it from, although the bottom has not been touched yet so that means the seeds have been sitting there dormant for around 6 months while all around them my waste has been slowly recycled back into lovely compost the plants know and love!

Then it clicked

They couldn't be though!

I sat back and smiled. Well I don’t expect to get any tomatoes on them this year as the season is halfway through but who knows? They survived in the rotting waste for god knows how long so maybe one or two might produce luscious, ripe tomatoes, we will see.

Tomato Plants!!

The other night while out walking with the boss we came across this little critter.

Frog or Toad?

He just sat there at the side of the road watching life go by and let me take a few snaps until he got fed up and went back into the long grass. Lovely little thing.

Spring Daff's

I am in the process of writing a small E-book about organic gardening which will cover a host of different ways in which to garden the organic way.

Topics include:



Medicinal Herbs


Organic Pesticides

And a few other topics not yet decided upon. I will have the E-book finished and ready for sale by the 25th July and I will charge $6US initially. All the work is done by me and that includes the pictures which accompany this book

If anyone is interested or have any ideas let me know.

Beautiful in white or lilac

A few more flowers from my garden. Oh and a busy bee!

Busy busy bumble bee

Tropaeolum majos or Indiankrasse

These are lovely but no idea what they are. I have them in white to


The strawberry plants have produced small fruits again this year. I think they may be in the wrong location and plan on moving them this year into the garden proper.

Little strawberrys'

I’m melting, i’m melting!! For quite some time now here in Sweden we have been experiencing quite a crazy weather system with hot, sticky days and nights, and temperatures reaching 30 degrees and beyond! Now, after the winter I have just lived through (only just I might add!) any sun I get is a bonus trust me so I am not really complaining. But god I am sweating! We have had a tiny bit of rain on Sunday night when we had a small thunder-storm and that is it for what seems like a lifetime. Trust me I am not complaining as I love the sun and want it to keep on being warm BUT I could do with a little rain to replen the well, oh and cool down in too.

I have a small well for water although I can’t drink it as it has iron in it. Many people round here have wells with nearly all having a filtration system which filters out most of the iron and other things lurking inside the water. The well water is ok for showering, washing the dishes and even washing the clothes although I can’t wash the clothes after it has rained or else my whites end up being a sandy colour! Anyway last Wednesday I ran out of water! Can you imagine standing by the bathroom sink with a sink full of water, washing? No it doesn’t bear thinking about but until Sunday that is what I had to do. Plus the loo had to be flushed and the only way was with the drinking water from the next village. I went through litres of water just to do that, something which I am not best pleased with.

For drinking water I go to the next village where there is a stand pipe which the local shop allows people to get drinking water. Now I hate doing this, it means going to the next village with empty water containers (I have 2×25 litre butts and 8×5 litre water containers) and filling up the containers, but it’s the only way to get drinking water.

The garden loves the sun too but the plants could do with a little water now and again. Lots of things are now starting to flower like these 2 sweet peas.

Lathyrus odorata Bijou

They are the dwarf variety of sweet pea but smell just delightful, just like their bigger brothers and sisters.

Lots of other plants are flowering too or have flowered like these lupins.

Beautiful Lupins in Full Colour

They flowered earlier during June and have now started to lose their flowers, to be replaced with seed pods which I will collect when they are ready. I have quite a few dotted around the back garden and these are 2 years old. They are also a mixture of wild and shop bought seeds but I have no idea which is which!

Another lovely flower just flowering is the Clarkia unguiculata or Mandelröschen (these are German seeds)

Clarkia unguiculataThey have produced some lovely little flowers with many different colours and I love them.

Lovely colours and flower until September

Mandelröschen Gefållte Mischung

The climbing rose is also in flower.

My rose is in flower

This is only the 2nd time in the last 20 years it has flowered and produces small, pink flowers which as you can see are beautiful and very slightly perfumed.

Anyway I am not complaining about the weather. I love the sun and hot sunny days and long may it last. The thing is my well needs filling up, my plants need watering as does the rest of my garden. Oh, and I wish I could stop sweating!