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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Vegetable seedlings

Despite the lack of posts recently, I have been doing some garden prep for the year. I have been a bit on the slow side but still more organised than last year. My first seed of the year went in mid March. They were a bit of a flop as I put them in and then forgot to water them. I had a few odd ones come up but was pretty much a write off. After that I got my act together a bit and started planting up properly.


They have all gone in at slightly different times and some I have re-sowed as the first lot didn't come up but on the list this year is:

  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mini Sweet Corn
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Chili Peppers
  • Climbing Beans
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Parsnips 
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
Blimey!! See it all in a list like that and I have no idea where it's all going to go!! I have been rather ambitious this year. It doesn't look nearly that impressive in the greenhouse yet.


The moldy green one there is one of the ones I neglected but despite all odds, there are about 4 onion seedlings in there. They were last years seeds so that could be a bit of the problem too...


My carrots and parsnips went straight into my planter like last year. Soon after, we had a couple of frosts which killed off the carrots I think. I may have just got impatient but I did give them plenty of time. They were replanted and I am still waiting! I am so impatient! I waited a bit longer for the parsnips and I am glad I did. Almost a month after sowing, they just started to pop through in the last 2 or 3 days! YAY!!! 

As patience has always been an issue for me, this year I have started a little gardening diary to keep track of when I did things, notes on when to expect seedlings to appear and updates on when how my crops are doing!


I wish I had read it before scrapping all my cucumber seeds and starting again. I had two of them come up quite quickly then rot off, so then when no others came up I just gave up, probably too early. I kept them indoors on the window sill and I think they ended up being over watered. I attempted two varieties, Cucumber Passandra, the successful ones I brought as seedlings last year and absolutely loved. However at £4.05 for 5 seeds I'm not that impressed that I failed them! It was 2 of these that came up then died. The second variety was Cucumber Telegraph Improved. None of these even showed so in hindsight, I really wish I had given them longer. 

I found a website online, simply seeds, which had the Passandra seeds at a fraction of the cost so quickly ordered 2 packets. I planted the 1st packet and have saved the second for a few weeks time. I have also got some of the Telegraph seeds coming from eBay so Ill get them going too as soon as! 

I am pretty happy with my Pear tree this year so far anyway. My poor pear tree has had a rough few years. It hated being in a pot and once finally being planted properly, it spent 2015 recovering.


Okay so it doesn't look as wonderful yet but it's the best it's managed in years There is so much new growth and potential. Feeling really hopeful that it might fruit this year!! My apple tree is still recovering but there are some signs of life on it. Time will tell!

Can't wait to bore you with the updates!

Turning into a love/hate relationship...

Very much developing a love hate relationship with running. I have managed to sustain 2 running injuries in the same about of weeks, as well as a trainer hiccup! The actual running itself is going well, I am really enjoying it and feeling good whilst out. The problems hit in the recovery period, and always after a long run.


This was the 1st culprit. about 10 minutes after getting back I developed a dull ache in the lower outer side of my left knee. I kind of expected to develop a knee problem at some point as I damaged my right knee about 10 years ago. I was very surprised to then get problems with the other one! I was particularly worried about this one as Scott hurt his knee at the end of January which gave him problems for ages and he still occasionally complains about it. Luckily for me, I rested for a few days (apart from a swim) and very quickly it went back to normal. Obviously caught it before it became a real problem.

After spending a lot of time looking into training plans, I signed up to Endomondo Premium. Not sure if its any better than anything else I have seen but I was intrigued. Though maybe I should have taken it a little more seriously. The runs in the 1st few weeks were between 1 and 4 miles. My shortest was 2,4m (still being wary of my knee) and my longest the one 7.6m (the one above). To me, I thought I was at a higher level than it had started me off at. Which to an extent I still believe. But it's quite obvious really that the reason I am injuring myself is that I am running too far too quick. Endomondo also gives you an average pace to aim for - even at my slowest pace on my accidental 9 mile run, I am quicker than what it wants me to run.


In many ways I don't think having lots of data is that helpful. For example, my last run (above) is my quickest longer run to date. I was coming upto an hour and knew that I was quicker than my previous best distance in an hour so upped my speed to make the improvement even better.


So basically, I am making all the typical mistakes; running too far and too quickly before I am really ready. It's frustrating.

Anyway, after the last run, I felt absolutely okay until the next morning (day before yesterday), when I woke up with a bit of an achy ankle. I didn't think much of it to begin with, it slowly got worse during the day but still nothing that awful. However, waking up this morning was a bit of a downer... My plan calls for a 5 mile run today, however a nice swelling and inability to put full pressure on my foot quickly ruined that.

After consulting Dr Google, I believe I probably have peroneal tendonitis. Which could be a bit of a bitch to get over... Anyway after turning up at work last night unable to walk properly, I went to A&E to get it checked out. After a 6 hour wait and 2 X-rays, they don't really know. Apparently I could have a stress fracture. If it's as painful in another two weeks I have got to have another X-ray because apparently stress fractures are difficult to pick up until they start healing. As time has gone on I have also started getting pain underneath my foot which may be because I am not walking on it/moving it properly. Another condition they mentioned at A&E is plantar fasciitis which looks like it affects mainly the bottom of the foot. If I do have this I think it's probably secondary/related to the 1st injury rather than being the sole (haha) problem.

Regardless, I am not going to be running for a little while!! I love an excuse to sit of my arse but as soon as I have to I can't sit still!! HELP!!

I don't really want to say it, but I do have to wonder whether my trainer change has anything to with it. I went and had gait analysis and spent A LOT of money on a new pair of trainers.



My first run out of them I did them up too tight and ended up with a bleeding toe and more blisters. I knew within about 10mins that they were too tight but carried on running anyway so thats my fault really. The second run in them is the one that gave me the foot injury. However, on that run they really did feel good and definitely more supportive than my Nikes, so I'm convinced it's user error rather than equipment.......

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