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Yay, finally we have started producing crops!

At last, after all that hard work getting moved and creating a garden, we have our first crops!

Below is the first of the Little Gem Lettuce, and very tasty they are too, I am simply picking leaves as I need them to keep the plants growing continuously, and it appears to be working well!

And here is the first of the indoor crops…..after two years and a very careful house move, voila!

Our very own pepper plant WITH FRUIT!


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Wow, I Am So Proud Of The Mibs Family Right Now! Just Look Wot We Done!

I am sat here, just past midnight, totally exhausted and in agony but……..

 I am SOO proud of us today…


 BabyMibs and myself have achieved so much in such a short time..


 It’s been a long hard road at times…


  Hard to see a way forward at times…


 With all that rubbish in the way!



Then salvation arrived…..thanks to a local farmer giving us some of his feed pallets


 And took some shifting across the field!


 A bit of cutting down to size later ( ok hacking like crazy with a somewhat rusty old saw!)


DON’T let your 5 year old try this at home folks, mine was especially trained for the pose!

Our very own Grand Design!

A little somewhere to store and recycle ALL THAT BLIDDY GRASS!

( at a fraction of the £100+ the posh gardening magazines charge for similar wooden ones!)

Ours cost us a mere six free pallets, a bag of nails, a possibly fractured if not broken thumb, much cursing, several blistered and splintered fingers, and a strange inability to walk upright once done!

And the best of it?

BabyMibs actually turned to me at the end and said “you made that better than Daddy would have!”

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS lol, it’s the little things in life that please the most, and considering I was in quite a bit of pain BEFORE we started this, and since finishing I can barely move, well, how chuffed am I?



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A Moneytree! Seriously, Plant ID Help Needed Guys

Hi all, I have a couple of these plants now, but have no idea what they are called! HELP! lol


Oh, and it doesn’t really grow money, that was one of the hiding places for BabyMibs Easter Egg Hunt!

( translate egg into as much chocolate as Grandma could pack into one game of hunt the eggy!)




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I Fought The Lawn….And The Lawn Won! MibsBlog Gardening Endeavours March 2012

Well, round one anyway!

Lesson no 1 in how to turn a field into a garden, first learn how to use the equipment you have just borrowed lol!

I started with a loan of a Rotivator, and after a day of attempting to do the job of transforming part of the back into a veggie/fruit plot, the lender of aforesaid came round to see how I was getting on and within seconds stated that I needed to strim down all the long grass first ( the rotivator kept getting snarled up in grass, reminding me strongly of my weed-hatch clearing days on the narrow boat!)

Off he went and reappeared with a huge heavy-duty petrol strimmer, and me being me decided to tackle ALL the grass with it whilst I had it!

Lesson no 2, learn your limitations, it’s been a long time since I used certain muscle groups, and boy, this lot wore me out completely, I don’t remember ever feeling so exhausted!

BUT, as hopefully you can see from the pics, the long grass is now pretty much tamed and ready for a normal lawnmower to cope with, ( and I can barely move!)

The dog isn’t a new addition to the Mibs family, he is my half-sister’s companion who came to visit us last week.

BabyMib’s showing off some raspberry canes that a kind Freecycler gave to us!

Above, the front MibsGym, sorry, lawn, after its extreme haircut, and below, Bill & Ben sporting their new blankets!

At least I got child labour for free! lol

In the war of the grass fields, there are casualties, especially when you let a Mibsy loose with a powerful strimmer that kept running away with me! At least mine were pretty enough to keep indoors for a bit!

And finally, the almost-cleared garden, with planted raspberry canes and a gooseberry bush, now to get the rest of the seedlings in, ( only another two days of rotivating to go……EEKKKKKKKKKK!)

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A Forking Mystery!

SO, today I am off on the school-run to collect BabyMibs, front garden clean and tidy as per usual, and upon my return, I find THIS dumped on the front lawn!

Exhibit A

Now, the only peeps who knew I needed one of these  were two locals, (they both claim no knowledge of this) and our local Freecycle network, where as any of you know, address info isn’t exchanged unless you agree on a collection!

So I currently have no idea who “dumped” a brand-new fork on my lawn!

Mibsy’s PI service reinstated to try to investigate who, why and HOW!

Or maybe, my new country has special fairy helpers that I haven’t yet heard of!

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Meet My Son’s New Friends – Bill And Ben The Compost Men!

Ok, ok, I know, you are all STILL awaiting the pics of the new place…..I PROMISE I will complete that post tomorrow….

In the meantime, meet my son’s new friends Bill & Ben!

Bill & Ben Naked

Bill & Ben Naked

Ok, we decided they looked a bit boring, so borrowed some paint to cheer them up a bit! 

Bill & Ben Dressed

Bill & Ben Twilight

Bill & Ben Twilight

 But at least any would-be trespassers at night armed with a torch will be in for a bit of a shock!   Don’t forget folks, the great secret to successful composting is layers, moisture, air and warmth! 

Oh, and a scary set of teeth!

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MibsBlog Thrifty Tips – August 2011

Here I will try to share any money/time saving tips that I have found to be useful each month.

Do feel free to share yours also if you don’t mind me keeping the list updated!

( I will of course name you as the author of your tip!)



Home-Made Plant Food Ideas

Mixing finely crushed rinsed eggshells into your potting soil would give your houseplants a good boost. The eggshells are a good substitute for bonemeal.

If you have a fish tank, when you change the water in the tank, use the water you take out to water your plants. Your plants will love fish fertilizer!

A wonderful plant food is ordinary green tea. Dilute the tea with two gallons of water. You can use this every time you water. Plants love it.

Collect seaweed, wash off the salt, submerge in boiling water and allow to steep. Dilute it to make a weakish foliar feed. Spray plants once a week.

When you have leftover black coffee dilute it in a pail of water and use it to water tomatoes growing in pots or in the ground. It will give them a nitrogen boost.

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