Sunday, 20 March 2016

Four new beds are ready.

Hello. I've been cracking on in the garden today. The first day of spring was lovely, I definitely had a spring in my step. I've made this small bed where I flattened one the other day. 
The fourth and last bed to get a makeover is this one. It's got scaffolding boards around it and they are starting to rot. It's been a bit of a dumping ground since I covered it up at the end of last year.

Everything shifted off and I moved some of the compost over to the small bed to fill it. Another trip to the tip I think.

The fourth and last bed is done. I still have some boxes of compost to use up, no doubt I'll find a use for it.

This is what's left of the 300 bricks stacked on the pallet. I still have the 200 behind the garage, and about another 75 which I cleaned up. I have a plan for them. The pallet decking will be removed and bricks laid in it's place. 
Nothing is planted yet, I wanted to get all the beds ready first so I can divide up the plants and seeds I have. It will look a bit bare at first until everything gets going. Work will resume tomorrow, weather permitting. Heidi is doing really well, the tablets are working. She is not too keen on me wrapping her in a towel  every night though, and chucking the tablet down her throat.

I made some peanut butter tonight. Easy peasy, two bags of cheapo peanuts in the processor.

Three minutes and Bob's your uncle, much better than shop bought, and cheaper.

Howz everyone doing with their walking? I did my three miles a bit earlier tonight and now I'm on 226 miles. I am aiming for 250 miles by the end of the month, eleven days left so if I don't have a day off I should finish on 259. Doesn't sound so daunting when you break it down to chunks of three months. Doesn't time fly.

That's it for now, I'm going to relax in an arm chair and read a bit before bed time. Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.


  1. My you have been busy, reminds me that I should get my arse down to the allotment sometime soon. The loose brickwork looks lovely and should weather nicely.

  2. You are amazing. So much energy needed to shift all those bricks. You are blessed with good health and good bones. The garden will look lovely. Don't over do it though, with all the walking as well.

  3. Those new beds are so attractive! They look wonderful with nothing in them. I think by the end of summer your garden will be stunning.

  4. The beds look great. I am always happy to hear good news about sweet Heidi.

  5. I love the brick edged beds; hopefully they'll last a bit longer than wood. For our veg plots, we used old wood from our house, surplus to requirements when we had it altered about 8 years ago. They have done well so far but some are looking a bit fragile now! Not a good month for walking so far as I have had the dreaded Norovirus which has triggered other digestive problems. Never mind, beginning to feel better now and there are still 10 days left so should make it to over 300 miles by then.
    Have a good week. Vicki

  6. Looking great Ilona, I was having a very low day yesterday and didn't do much after returning from church except make a bread pudding. Wish now I had made the effort and gone outside.
    You are doing well with the walking, I see sports relief raised a lot of money, it was fun to watch Michael Crawford acting the fool he was great doing his own stunts.
    Enjoy the week.
    Hazel c uk

  7. apart from being rot-free it is far easier to deepen a brick deep bed

  8. I never thought of trying to make my own peanut butter! Good job, Ilona.

  9. A great job on the raised beds Ilona. My miles have picked up a little with the arrival of better weather. Although I've still not caught up with you yet. X

  10. Hi Ilona,

    I was reminded of your blog on Old Style, and must say I love it. I think your zest for life really shines through your writing, it's inspiring! We've started to gear up for the growing season again. Already got our first early spuds in and can't wait for them to come up!

    Do pop by to my blog and say hi some time!

  11. Hiya, we too have some old bricks that match the old style of the house 1900, we have used them to create a step up the wall with flowers growing around it. The now feature is there to help my old cat be able to get in and out of the yard over the wall. My blog is

    Do pop over and say hi some time.


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