I'm taking a few minutes respite between book 4 and book 5.
As a result of a busy weekend tearing round after my naughty little folk, visiting my Dad in Birmingham and prolonged bouts of Harry Potter fever I have nothing crafty to report - unless you count a crocheted head, of course.
I had a few minutes to bimble in the garden though and thought I'd share it with you. My garden is the horticultural equivalent of Jodie's studio, so don't be fooled into thinking it all looks this lovely!
Moogsdad is making progress on our new chicken palace. Fingers crossed he may have even built them a nice snug house by the end of this week.
Minx's windowbox - the inside of the Wendy House looks less lovely, having seen some mud pie action this summer!
My tomato plants have gone wild - and I'll reveal my secret later.....
Spuds growing in sacks - not sure when they'll be done but looking good so far.....
.....our little veg patch coming along nicely.....
Now, onto my tomato growing secret.
As you may or may not know tomato plants are greedy b**gers and require lots of feeding. Taking tips from here I've been making my own tomato feed this year and they seem to love it!
So if you have a comfrey plant handy.....
...and you want to make a superb free plant food that smells like the worst ever stinky farmyard...only worse... here is how you do it.
Pick half a bucket of comfrey leaves - good idea to wear gloves as comfrey can irritate your skin...
....cover the leaves with water and leave for about a week or so.
You will be left with a dark brown, incredibly foul smelling liquid fertiliser to add to your watering can (1 part fertiliser to 5-20 parts water).
You may then get some of these:
To end on a really exciting note....whilst pottering and pootling about the garden today I realised we have a pair of blackbirds nesting just outside the conservatory window, inside my bottlebrush plant. I've now got my fingers crossed they don't get got by the nasty magpies - the silly things have not exactly hidden very well and I can see the female's head when she's sitting on the nest - twit!!!
I'll keep you posted!
p.s. just thought - I can now justify time spent out in the conservatory reading HP as I'm on magpie patrol!!