Another simple way to grow strawberries is using hanging baskets! A bit of drilling, fix some fucking brackets to the wall and you’re off!
Strawberries are very thirsty wotsits so you have to water them a lot, but it’s amazing how quickly everything kicks off once they are established!
Buds (bud bud bud bud), flowers, bees, strawberries! Ain’t nature a fucking marvel bruv?
Strawberry fields forever!
It’s amazing how utterly addictive gardening is and how quickly it can eradicate all other interests from your life; I have barely played my PS4 and Xbox One lately (thank goodness for my Nintendo Switch on business trips!) and I’ve hardly binged upon my usual TV serials at home (apart from an occasional episode during my lunch breaks at work!).
OK, so I exaggerated a bit about giving up the Geek lifestyle.
My pride and joy these days is my veggie trough; the planter was a Christmas gift from my Mum via my local garden centre, into which I have planted cauliflowers, carrots, mixed salad leaves (rocket and such), cucumbers and tomatoes.
Once I’d figured out the best place for it to sunbathe, I lined the trough with a membrane, added some broken up polystyrene and pebbles for drainage, then filled it with decent soil mixed with some compost.
Due to traveling overseas so much for work lately, I was not able to grow everything from seeds, so I opted for Plan B and purchased some young plants from my garden centre. I now have a little plastic greenhouse and will be ready to become the Germinator next year!
The universe wasn’t particularly kind to me in late April, when an unexpected harsh frost killed my poor cucumbers and left me with only one tomato plant from the four I had planted; fortunately, I left a tomato and cucumber plant in my greenhouse for such an event and added this to the trough.
Next year I will add some frost netting! By jove I will!
Anyway, this is what the trough looks like at the moment, you can even see the pot of coriander growing next to the Christmas tree!
- The carrots are about 2 weeks away from harvest, give or take.
- The tomatoes now have flowers and are ready for the bees to do their work before the plant begins to bear fruit.
- Cucumbers are almost ready to open their flower buds, so the bees can do the same thing.
- Cauliflowers are massive! But have a long way to go yet before I can harvest them.
- The the mixed ‘salad’ leaves which have totally grown out of control, since I scattered a load of seeds on top of the soil. The rocket and mixed leaves are ready to eat and bloody nice! Yum.
I’ll add some updates soon!
So I find myself asking why Martin McGuinness is being lauded as the Irish Nelson Mandela today by Bill Clinton? Rather than a mass murderer?
Yesterday saw a lunatic, willing to die for jihad, drive a car through innocent people over Westminster Bridge before eventually stabbing a policeman. Mindless.
Apparently, some people feel enough solidarity to put up a ‘Prayers for London’ profile picture, but have the opinion that Martin Mcguiness was a top man!? A visionary of peace???
How is this jihadi monster any different to Martin McGuinness????
It’s undeniably that British Governments committed terrible and unjustifiable atrocities over many, many years; my ancestors cettainly had their fill of British colonialism because on one side my bloodline is Indian and on the other side, there is Irish.
India was raped, pillaged and utterly controlled by Great Britain, before Ghandi and others brought about change, apparently without firing a bullet.
So why is there now a romanticism about a man who encourged car bombings, shootings and all manner of evil things? Before eventually being involved in the Irish peace process.
I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that redemption story for one minute.
That would be like Jimmy Saville setting up a charity for abused children!!!
Psuedo-Intellectuals armed with catchy memes, happily champion how ‘awake’ they are, but I do not think you are particularly intelligent if you think murdering innocent people is ever justified.
My Ikea hack Kallax Breakfast Bar project is finally complete!
For £63, you too can build this Frankenstein’s monster breakfast bar that is both movable and able to store all manner of kitchen shit; there are a vast array of storage options available in the Ikea Kallax range, like the fancy wicker basket cubes and drawers.
For this job, you need a tape measure, a carpenters awl, a pencil and some countersunk wood screws.
- Screw the Castor wheels onto the bottom corners of the Kallax
- Drill 11mm holes into the Kallax top for the Capita bolts.
- Fix the Capita arms/brackets to the Linnnmon table top
- Pop the Capita bolts through the drill holes and fix the nut/washer at the other end.
Here are the bits you’ll need.
- Castors – Article no: 966.713.00
- Linnmon Table top – Article no: 702.513.49
- Capita Brackets (X2 packs) – 400.511.96
- Kallax Shelving Unit – 202.758.14
I finally found time to build my Lego Beatles Yellow Submarine set; it was great fun from start to finish and I am thoroughly impressed with the design!
I remember first watching Yellow Submarine at my Uncles house in Brixton with my cousins Jason and Barry, I think I was probably 6 or 7 years old and I can still recall how absolutely surreal and wonderful it was seeing it for the first time.
The Lego set perfectly captures the style and spirit of the animated film and the plinth for the Beatles minfigs to stand on is a nice touch.