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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!


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.

Tuesday Treat – The Hundred Pound Garden

As regular readers will know, my OH & I have been spending a lot of time on our garden. Anyone who has ever transformed a garden will know that it is not quick work, especially when winter has dragged its heels and hung around like an uninvited guest to a party! But now that the warmer weather is making a stand & we’ve finally been able to paint the fence without getting frostbite (took almost the whole weekend – Yawn!) we’re ready to start planning the garden. It’s going to take a while & a little bit of cash, but we’ll get there. I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to plant in the Autumn ready for next Spring. Until then, I can plan & dream & visit garden centre aplenty! Or I could just save up my pennies & buy a Hundred Pound Garden, brought to you by the lovely people at Burford Garden Centre.


The garden plan is very simple:

  1. You choose a garden. It can either be an artists garden, a cut flower garden or a wildlife garden.
  2. Your garden, and all the bits you’ll need, are delivered to your door.
  3. You then prepare the ground
  4. Plant the plants
  5. Water the plants
  6. Watch how your garden grows.

I think this idea is genius! You can buy other bits and pieces as extras, like gardening gloves, twine and watering cans. It’s such a unique idea & great for a wedding, new home or birthday presents. One of the reasons I really like this idea is because it’s quite daunting deciding what to plant and where, because you kind of want to get it right first go, especially if you’ve been waiting for a long time, like we have. What do you think? Would you use the Hundred Pound Garden? If so, which would you choose?

How to Improve your Garden


For those of you who know me personally, or follow me on social media, you will know that the garden has been an annoying issue since we moved in three years ago. When we moved in, the garden was overgrown and contained a delapidated old shed & a fence near collapse. Well, not any more it doesn’t! We spent most of last year clearing the weeds out. This was a massive task. Mainly because if you weren’t out weeding every weekend, they grew back, thanks to the Great British summer weather we enjoyed. The weather also took control of the fence & brought it down. So we knew we’d have some work to do this year. We cleared the old shed, took the remaining fence down & set about getting a man in to sort it all out. And boy did he ever!

New shedWe now have a complete fence between us and next door. The wall at the back of the house is now solid & you can no longer see through it. The Silve Birch has been trimmed so it won’t grow into the wall or the shed. We now have a shed that doesn’t leak, doesn’t have massive holes in and is no longer the Spider & Snail Convention Centre for the South East. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, including a million tip runs to get rid of the left over stones & rubbish. We need to cut borders in & build some raised beds. And the weeds are coming back! Rude! So we’re hoping for some dry, warmer weather to get out there in our wellies & make it happen. I cannot wait!

Even Rusty the Bike approves of his new home!



We’ve lived in our house just shy of three years – blimey time goes fast. We spent a lot of time & money working on the inside. From insulation & damp proofing to painting & wallpapering. We also had to buy a lot of new furniture & thanks to our taste of one-off pieces, we didn’t have much money left to finish the inside (which we still haven’t!) let alone get to work on the garden. So, sadly, the garden has been somewhat neglected for quite some time. Look at how sad it is 🙁


For those who follow me on Twitter will have read about the constant battle I have with the neighbourhood cats who have confused our little patch of dirt with their litter trays. I get a lot of advice about how to takle this but our aim is to get a dog – yeah, that’ll show em! Sadly it won’t be a pug, unless we win the lottery, in which case we’ll get enough pugs to form an army. But because pugs about £1000 & are rarely up for adoption, we won’t be getting one just yet. Anyway, before we can head down to Dogs Trust or Blue Cross, we need to get the garden sorted.

In order to get the garden sorted, we need:

  • A new fence – the length of one side of the garden.
  • A new shed – our current one in the picture is being held together with cobswebs & snail trails. (Not kidding).
  • A wall repaired – you can see through it in places *sigh*
  • New borders dug in – the grass has no boundries & needs to be put in its place.
  • Raised beds – so that I can grow lots of veg.
  • Plants. Lots & lots of plants.

So. Just a small job then. Combine the amount of work with the cost & the shocking weather we’ve had this summer and you’ll understand why it’s looking a little sad.

We’ve done sooooo much though. All the borders have been cleared, and continue to be cleared of weeds. My OH has removed the collapsed fence & dug up a number of plants & shrubs that were beyond saving. We’ve spent hours clearing it & hurt muscles we didn’t even know we had. I long for the day when gardening doesn’t include aches & pains for a week and that it will just be pottering around, harvesting veg & cutting back plants. I can’t wait for gardening to be a lovely past time, rather than a massive chore. I know it’ll come, but there’s still so much to do. This weekend, while digging up a root ball, I actually wished Ground Force was still around! So if anyone wants to contribute to the Crafty Chai garden fund, just let me know! x