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Guerrilla gardening! Of sorts!

When the opportunity presents itself you’ve just got to take it!

There was I, on the road, there was the garden centre.

Calling my name.

Before I could realise what was happening I was parked outside and halfway to the trolley park.

It’s like a drug.

I did need some soil for seedlings. Peat free.

I did need some new gardening gloves. The ones I have are full of holes.

I did need some chicken proof plants for the back yard.

And then there was the additional purple summer bulbs to add to my purple bulb strip. I definitely needed them too!

I honestly did need to check out some perennial plants.

‘Cos seakake isn’t something you see in the garden centres normally and then there was a horseradish plant too.

I’ve got to admit I’m obsessed with perennial plants.

So then, guess what, we went to the allotment. It was six o’clock. Three cheers for the lengthening evenings. Hip hip…..

A bit of perennial planting, then. The asparagus that I bought last week and the walking onions are now in the ground!

An opportunity for a quick dec at the already established perennial crops too.

I’m always pleased to see the rhubarb starting to sprout.

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The globe artichokes we started last year have also survived.

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The onions, garlic and wild daffodil garlic are very happy.

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We’ve got permanent chard, lupins, raspberries, pears, apples, strawberries, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes already.

Still no sign of the broad beans from October though!

Gratuitous chicken shot for bMary!

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24 comments on “Guerrilla gardening! Of sorts!

  1. bmary
    March 6, 2014

    Omg! They are so cute!!!! Squeee!

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    March 6, 2014

    Lovely post Liz and a lovely blog it is nice having lighter evening now which is great

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    • lizard100
      March 6, 2014

      Thanks again Linda! I’m so encouraged by people who come back. When I saw your asparagus it made me but some extra plants last week!

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  3. silverbells2012
    March 6, 2014

    Perennial plants are good!

    What is it getting dark at the moment where you are?

    I know what you mean about it being a drug.. I nearly said as much on Linda’s post earlier today ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • lizard100
      March 6, 2014

      It’s getting dark around six thirty, quarter to seven. It’s the inspiring optimism. And the treats and surprises. Put something in the ground in September and six months later there it is

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      • silverbells2012
        March 6, 2014

        That’s a bit later than us but I still managed to get out and do a bit myself ๐Ÿ™‚

        I hope your broad beans show.

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      • lizard100
        March 6, 2014

        They’re one of my favourites our best year was when I planted them in October before. Fingers crossed!

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  4. tootlepedal
    March 7, 2014

    Office stationery shops have much the same effect on me. Who doesn’t need a staple remover?

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  5. greenandthrifty
    March 7, 2014

    Yay for the chicken shot, and yay that your plants are returning!

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    • lizard100
      March 7, 2014

      Thanks for being as pleased as I am! Crazy as it sounds!

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  6. The Crazy Crone
    March 7, 2014

    Ha-ha, this is the story of my husband: we go to the local markets and people start laughing and calling out, asking him what plants he’s going to buy this week!

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  7. alderandash
    March 7, 2014

    Lovely chickens! This is going to be my year of perennial veg too. I’m hoping to have lots of reliable perennials that just pop up and do their thang, with the more time-consuming annual veg that I can’t do without (carrots! tomatoes! parsnips! beans!) mixed in with them. You mentioned chard…is this a perennial kind I haven’t come across? I leave chard all winter in my plot, but it always seems to bolt in the Spring. If there’s a type that keeps on going, that would be awesome! I’ve never grown Sea Kale, but it’s on my list for this year. Maybe we can compare notes! Happy growing.

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    • lizard100
      March 7, 2014

      Our chard is complicated. It bolted and seeded a couple of years ago when the weather was very odd. Since then we have a pale green kind that is a feature on the plot. Meanwhile we sowed a darker leaved one last year quite late in the season. This has survived easily as we’ve only had one mild frost so far. We like to keep the chard because the chickens love it. The new one may bolt but I’ll see.

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      • alderandash
        March 7, 2014

        You are breeding your own super-chard!! I will try leaving my remaining stuff alone and see if it will kindly seed itself around the plot. And yep, my chickens go crazy for it too. (The kids, not so much. Though I quite like it with cream and mushrooms and pasta….)

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      • lizard100
        March 7, 2014

        My favourite chard recipe us awesome. It involves charred Auvergne slices folded over with a steamed chard and diced onion filling with a slice of cheese. They vanish at parties!

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      • alderandash
        March 7, 2014

        Sounds amazing, I might have to give that a go!

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      • lizard100
        March 7, 2014

        It’s easy enough. Slices of Auvergne in the oven. Meanwhile blitz steamed chard and onion, pine nuts and sundries tomatoes in a chopper/ blender. Then put a big spoonful of that mix on one half of aubergine, top with a slice of cheese and fold it over. Then grill for a short while till the cheese melts.

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      • alderandash
        March 13, 2014

        Thanks very much for this, I’ll give it a go!

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  8. Sarah
    March 12, 2014

    Love this time of year so much with the emerging plants. You’re a bit ahead of us up in North Yorkshire. Just hung out first washing of the year – yay!!

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    • lizard100
      March 12, 2014

      It makes it much nicer when there’s more light!

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