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A Crafty Garden – An update

We’ve been working really hard on getting our garden sorted. For weeks, it felt like all we did was work on the garden, which was fine as it also meant I could work on my tan* (See ‘tan’, think just less vampire-pale!) Anyway, we’ve not been able to do much over the last few weekends, with weddings & other commitments. Plus I think we were a little burnt out on gardening. We’ll be back out there next weekend though, as we’re really close to getting everything done, bar the planting, which will come later.

The main area we’ve been focusing on was the back of the garden. It’s overshadowed by a tree & it’s not an area we use particularly. We’ve decided to let it go wild & plant wild flower seeds. We’ve picked up some packs of seeds from Burford Garden Centre, that are suitable for a shady area like this, but will still attract bees & butterflies. At the moment, it’s only attracting Poppy & some cats!

Back of the gardenThere is a gap between the wall and the shed, which Poppy uses to bark at the cats that sit on the shed. When we plant the seeds, we’re going to try & block this area off from her. We’re hoping it’ll become a little area for nature. One that doesn’t require much weeding!

Soon to be wildWe moved the compost bin from the back & found, surprisingly, compost! So I’m hoping that we can carry on using it, but would love to ‘pretty up’ the bin a bit. If you know how I can do that, let me know! I also want to paint the fence, as it’s really tatty in place & we haven’t got the budget to replace it right now. We’re not sure what type of outdoor paint to use though, as it’s already been painted once. Again, any ideas, let me know as we need to do that before we plant.

Numbered bricksIn the space at the back of the garden, we found these adorable bricks. (We also found some very annoying reinforced concrete, which required a few tips to the trip to remove, but that’s another story!) We’re going to reuse a lot of the bricks we dug up throughout the garden, but what I’d like to know is why do these bricks have numbers in them? We’ve got quite a few. Why were they buried under ground? Who made them? So many questions arrise when your garden is over 150 years old!

Hanging BasketOne thing that has gone well are my plants! They’ve really bloomed. The hanging basket I planted up is my favourite. Everything was bought from Millets Farm & the plants were random & on offer so I’m not sure what they are, except that they’re pretty & the bees love them!

Planted potsThis is my favourite pot though. These have grown like wild fire & spread everywhere. They need a bit of tidy up at the moment, but nothing too taxing, which is why I like pots!

The end is in sight for the garden. We’ve got a deadline of the end of July to get all the major work completed, which is quite doable. Then we’ll focus on working out what to plant.

Tuesday Treat – Planting Up the Pots

It’s so disappointing when we get a burst of sun and warmth, then it disappears again. It’s so difficult to get garden jobs done, when it’s cold, raining & so very windy, like it has been this past week. But I’ve been determined to bring a bit of colour into the garden so despite the miserable weather, on Saturday, I popped to the garden centre & bought a few bedding plants to pot up. I don’t have much idea when it comes to planting, I just buy what’s on offer and hope for the best!

Pots

Poppy took quite an interest in some of the plants, biting off leaves before I had a chance to even get them in the pot! I just need a bit more sunshine for them to grow and fill the pots, but it’s so nice having a few splashes of colour out among the grey.

Grow Your Own

Grow your own

A little while ago I wrote a blog post about the plants I’d put in the pots in my garden. I wasn’t entirely convinced it would work, especially the salad. But, after all the rain and the little glimpses of sun, my salad has grown so much it has to be eaten!

Grow Your Own Lettuce

I think the salad plants really like the rain. I would’ve picked some yesterday but it was raining! I am so pleased that this worked as we eat a lot of salad at Crafty Chai towers. So hopefully this pot will keep us going quite a bit throughout the ‘summer’! I have no idea what the salad plants are but they are quite tasty and each of the different plants have their own distinct flavour. My neighbour gave me quite a good tip to help protect them slugs & snails. Smear vaseline around the top of the pots. It’s really worked well, though I always forget I’ve done this & get covered every time I touch the pots!

Grow your own

Sadly, the cherry tomato plants aren’t coping with the rain quite as well. The toms in the picture above aren’t from the garden. I’ve got lots of flowers on the plants, which is good, but they look a bit bedraggled from all the rain. They, like the rest of the nation, need some sunshine! I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll come soon. Home grown tomatoes are lush.