Tag: gardening

May 26, 2012

Actually, just my peas. It’s a lovely day outside, so I have been spending some time in the garden. During the “wettest drought in UK history”, I must admit I’ve not been doing anything out there, or even thinking about it much. During my negligent…

May 16, 2012

South Kestevan, my district council, has a fairly good record for recycling; both of plastics/paper, and of garden waste and green kitchen waste. Up until this year, you could leave garden/kitchen waste for collection either by purchasing authorised bags (which cost 50p per bag), or…

March 31, 2012

Yes, I’m afraid the half-stripped room that was part of the reason for my holiday has been temporarily abandoned, as the good weather led me outside instead. I have four 6′ vegetable troughs in my garden. Two are filled with soil/compost, and already planted up,…

March 29, 2012

I really enjoy moving furniture arround, and trying out new layouts. However, my lounge is more or less sorted now, so I’ve been playing the same game in the garden. The garden dining set I bought yesterday arrived early this morning.

As I mentioned yesterday, I wasn’t sure if it would over-dominate the patio, and so I tried several different arrangements, including placing one of the benches in a different bit of the garden. However, in the end, I decided it looked ok lengthways down by the BBQ area, so that is where it is living.

March 29, 2012
November 7, 2011

Having finished the garden, and got my 4 veg troughs in place, I wanted to plant them, of course. It’s taken a while, because of my car problems interfering with my trips to the garden centre, but I’ve managed to get some plants in –…

October 15, 2011

When the guys were clearing my garden and my existing raised beds, they bagged up all the good soil for future use. I am very grateful for them doing this – it would not have occurred to me to ask, but it was a great…

October 14, 2011

For anyone who is interested, here are some more pictures of the garden, now that the main features are in place. The seating is a somewhat temporary ragbag, until I buy more furniture, but it is plenty good enough for now. The troughs are still…

October 1, 2011

As of yesterday, the rear patio is laid. Still lots of stuff to do, including pointing etc., but I thought I would post a few pictures. There will be a BBQ area with some seating behind the garage and a table with seating on the…

September 29, 2011

Lots of stuff happening here, but I haven’t been finding the time to write about it. I have a visitor staying with me – Sovay is a collie belonging to and , who are off for a few days. It has been pretty painless, apart…

August 7, 2011

The Thermapen is a wonderful gadget. A food thermometer that is easy to use, accurate to within 0.4 degrees C in the range -49 to 200, and 1 degree above that (all thermometers come with an individual certificate of calibration). More importantly, their latest probe…

June 11, 2011

Am still nowhere near connecting up to my grill, but have achieved the following, as individual tasks. Having the arduino control a relay. Connect up multiple temperature probes (borrowed from my Maverick electronic thermometer) to the arduino, and have it calculate the temperature. Bi-directional communications…