2015 – a fresh start

This year I am determined to make my garden spectacular (in its own way!). Last year I achieved quite a lot and made a really good start on my gardening ‘career’ but I didn’t put in as much effort as I could have done and made plans that never materialized. This year will be different!

So what did I achieve last year?

  • Bought and installed a water butt and ‘pretend’ greenhouse (see below)
  • Planted hawthorn, pyracantha and rowan (one of each)
  • Planted and harvested lots of potatoes and peas and some lettuce (also planted rocket, which bolted, and salad leaves, which did not germinate at all)
  • Started feeding the birds
  • Started making some leaf mulch (some are just piled up to be hedgehog friendly)
  • Mr S built me a compost bin out of old fence panels (he also promised a second but never got round to it)
  • Removed 4 buddleia plants by pure hard labour!
  • I found a newt! Also lots of bulbs came up by themselves, which was nice!
Smooth newt found resting under old wood
Smooth newt found resting under old wood

Plans for this year

  • Dig a pond – as big as will fit between the whirly clothes line and the hawthorn – hopefully 3m long by about 2 wide (not rectangular!). It will only be about 0.6m deep in the deepest places as I am designing it for amphibians, not fish! I will probably plant it with locally grown native species but will decide once I have managed to fill it (may need a second water butt to even get it a quarter full!)
  • Plant a wildflower meadow – this will be in my front garden. I plan to strip off the turf and topsoil and use the subsoil from the pond hole to build up the level (it currently sits below my driveway which is annoying) and reduce nutrients. The area will then be planted with wildflowers specifically good for bees – all native of course!
  • Grow as many herbs as I have space for – these will be planted in the 8 pots I bought for veg growing last year
  • Grow a good deal more veg – I have a space about 1m wide by 2-3m long so should get a few things in!
  • Not to run out of steam and keep the veg going – some will require sequential planting if they are to be actually useful in the kitchen.

What does 2015 look like so far?

The first flower has appeared already!

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Primrose

Snowdrops are also coming through

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I have installed the grotesque my aunt bought us as a wedding present

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I have planted some herbs (in my pretend greenhouse!)

Basil, Parsley and Thyme
Basil, Parsley and Thyme

Gratuitous picture of my cat

Polly the pirate cat
Polly the pirate cat

Pretend greenhouse

Pretend greenhouse, complete with chair anchor
Pretend greenhouse, complete with chair anchor

I love my garden and it will be very satisfying to see it flourish this year. I hope the bees, amphibians and other wildlfie will be happy too! Anyone who knows me is very welcome to come and help dig the pond! I will be having a digging party in April…watch this space!

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