Before I start today I wanted to remind anyone that is interested, that my usual monthly blog post of
‘What To Do In The Kitchen Garden In December’ can be found here.
Don’t be fooled into thinking there is nothing you can do this month……..
There is loads of information in this post e.g. weather conditions expected, what to sow / plant / harvest in December, jobs to do and pests and diseases that you may encounter this month.
I hope it helps someone out there.
This week in the home:
This week my youngest daughter turned ‘sweet sixteen’….how on earth did this happen so quickly?
We all had a lovely day together and my eldest daughter made a birthday cake, in the shape of a ‘Dairy Milk’ chocolate bar (my youngest daughter’s favourite food) and it was absolutely delicious!
Unfortunately my step father is still not well, so this is taking up a lot of my time with phone calls, hospital visits and taking my mother shopping. My mum and dad both remarried and so between Mr Thrift and I, we have three sets of elderly parents (though my father-in-law sadly died last year). With two teenage daughters this means that myself and Mr Thrift are part of the ‘sandwich’ generation and recently I have felt quite run down from it all, especially as I have also spent the last year trying hard to train Judy, the RSPCA dog that we adopted on top of this (though we all adore her).
However, I have no choice but to carry on with things the way they are at the moment and I can only hope they will get better over time.
So this week in the Thrift household we put our Christmas tree up, as decorations in the house always cheer us up.
As we now have a three piece suite in our front room it was hard to find a place for our trusty old Christmas tree. After trying different places in the room we finally wedged it in the corner, however it looked very small and hidden by the furniture…..I came up with the idea of standing it on an old plastic box to give it some height, which I covered temporarily with one of the curtains I recently brought from a car boot sale (to cover two old reclining garden chairs that I was given).
We put on some Christmas music and all four of us decorated the tree with a bit of singing and daft dancing in between. All in all it was lovely afternoon and we all think the tree looks nice due to the box it stands on and you can actually see the tree lights twinkling outside our front window for the first time:
We also decorated our stair banister in the hall with our old garland and I fixed our Christmas wreath to the front door.
We have used the same ‘artificial’ decorations for many years now and they still look good.
This year I decided to add to our decorations with a cheap garland I brought for the fireplace. I have decorated it with some cones and I will add the slices of oranges I am drying on my radiator when they are ready too:
The room is looking beautiful now (except for the carpet that we still haven’t managed to save up for yet but we are trying to ignore it for the moment).
This week in the garden:
Last week I brought some primroses for 50p each as I thought it would brighten my garden in the dull December days ahead. This week I planted three of them in a pot next to my back door and the rest I planted in a hanging basket outside our front door….and I am very pleased with them.
I love primroses as they flower each year and look beautiful.
This week I also tried very hard to finish my new vegetable patch. I was going to ask Mr Thrift to help me to lay the final three slabs, but unfortunately I couldn’t complete my final two beds until they were laid…..so I decided to do it myself. I’ve laid plenty of slabs on my own when I had my allotments so this didn’t bother me too much, though Mr Thrift did tell me off!
This meant I could then continue with the final two beds next to the slabs…
I then created a very small area for a flower to be planted next year, using the edging stones I have spare:
And I completed the edging next to the bed in front of the fence:
I then used old weed suppressant to cover the new paths, using old pins from my allotment to secure it down:
And then I brought some bags of woodchip from our local timber yard and covered the weed suppressant with it. Over the years I have found that if you place woodchip on weed suppressant, it doesn’t rot down as quickly as it does if you place it directly on the soil.
Unfortunately I was a bag or two short of woodchip so I will have to make another trip to them before I can complete the paths in my new vegetable area. However it is looking good so far:
After completing the paths next week I will start to concentrate on improving the soil.
But for the moment I am pleased how it is shaping up.
Thank you for reading my blog this week. I will be back next Friday as usual.
Have a great week!