The Woolly Pedlar and had to come home by bus and then walk across the scarily swollen South Tyne River over the green metal footbridge as the roads round and about were under water. Fortunately it's all gone down now, and indeed today is gloriously sunny, but I noticed the dry stone wall near the nature reserve down the lane had collapsed due to the flood water. You can see in the picture here that the Bridge Cottage barbecue sitty out bit has taken a battering, with stone paving slabs havng been lifted by the water. Touch wood, the water has never risen enough to come in the house, though we have been known to put sandbags out by the front door. That's the royal 'we' of course. ;-)
So, let's start our wander round the garden with the vegetable plot. We've had a new fence built around the perimeter by my good friend Hedley from Riverside Timber Products to keep the rabbits out. Unfortunately we got caught out over winter as we didn't protect the over wintering cabbages and brocolli and the pheasants took residence and munched their way through the lot. All except for one lone purple sprouting broccoli which has done us proud.
As you can see, we've planted some honeysuckle cuttings around the doorway to the veggie garden and have upcycled an old metal ladder into supports for it to grow round.
Earlier this month if you looked inside the veggie garden you would have thought it was early April, not the middle of May.
It really has been a very wet summer, followed by a very log cold Winter and a cold wet Spring which has meant everything is now a long way behind.
However, as the summer solstice fast approaches, the longer days and dare I say it, some warm sun on the odd occasion is tempting the garden into life.
growng your own potatoes. Incidently, this post got thousands of hits - I wonder if it was because it featured my handsome husband?
Behind the potatoes you can see broad beans growing. I can't get enough of these little green gems - they are my favourite veg by far. I like to set them away in the greenhouse in March, then plant them out once the ground has warmed up. Once they have reached a decent height and the flowers have formed, it's a good idea to pinch out the growing tips to deter blackfy.
It's an exciting time of year as seeds are sown, seedlings planted up, and the garden is bursting to life. There is food for free in abundance too, with wild garlic and sorrel along the roadsides. I for one am really looking forward to some warm sunny days in the garden and the promise of summer.
Thanks for reading this post about the Bridge Cottage garden, and do feel free to read through the fifty two other posts I've written over the last few years. I hope you'll come with me through the journey of the seasons this year as we continue to consider how we can live our lives as sustainably as possible, reducing the burden on the planet's precious resources.