2013 Brings Me Back.

It’s funny how once upon a time you start a new project and blog to go along with it and then that project fizzles out and becomes something totally different.  My project of 2009 was to start an edible garden, which moved into a fully functional family garden in late 2010.  We removed the compost bin to our front garden, the greenhouse was given away and the little 1m x 1m raised beds we had were used as fire wood (much to my dislike).  So here I am in 2013 making more changes within out Garden Space.  The Back Garden Space looks a whole world away from the last time you seen it, so I think a few pictures might be best in explaining where we are right now.  These were taken in 2010:

I can’t take a picture of present day Back Garden Space as my batteries on my camera need charging (note to self), but they will no doubt follow tomorrow.

Yesterday I started sowing some seeds:

Petunia ‘Razzle Dazzle’ – These will be for some pots, flower pouches for the concrete fence posts and possibly some hanging baskets.
Black Hollyhock
Woodland Sage ‘Sylvia Nemorosa

I also potted out some Clematis ‘Sylvia Denny’, which were shop bought.  These two will hopefully set off my garden arch and work well with the solar lights that go over it.

Raby Hall Garden Centre

I love, love, love this place and always manage to bring home an abundance of plants.  Yesterday Mum decided she needed some trailing plants and bedding plants for her hanging baskets, so I tagged along.

Having no intentions of buying anything I managed to come home with:

Jacobs Ladder


Pretty Alpine

Thyme & Rosemary


So, if you’re ever on the Wirral and looking for a little cheap and cheerful garden centre then make sure you check out Raby Hall.  All money from sale of plants goes straight back into the Wirral Autistic Society, I couldn’t think of a better reason to buy some extra greens for the garden.

My feline safe herb garden.

Everyone knows that my cats and freshly dug garden spaces don’t mix.  Not even a little.  As much as I love my three furry monsters, I can’t stand it when they decide to do their business on my freshly planted out lobelia.  Just makes my blood boil.

So, after looking at the garden plan again and looking at my ‘in desperate need of planting out’ herbs I decided that I would have to take a different approach to the back garden space.  Armed with some bamboo, netting and garden wire I set to work on making the herb garden more of a herb garden and less of a cat crapping ground.

This is the end result:

Now, is this a tried and tested method?  I’m not sure.
Will it work? I don’t know.  But surely it’s worth a try?  I shall be on regular poo watch.

For anyone interested in what is planted out in the herb patch so far, I have: Thyme (Archers Gold & Creeping Red), Rosemary, Coriander, Dill, Sage, Fennel, Oregano and Parsley (I think), although there might be more.

How many of you have similar problems with cats and how do you stop them turning your garden space into toilets?

Goodbye Happy Pea.

Noticing that my first-born pea plants were looking a bit unhappy in the crowded pea planter, I set to work thinning them out and making room for the others to flourish.  Pulling them up and discarding the weedier ones is tough brutal, but I guess you have to be cruel to be kind when it comes to gardening.

I started tugging at what looked like two pea plants that had been sown right next to each other.  Only to find that the two pea plants were from the same seed.  It seems such a happy ‘twin’ pea, seems a shame to have disturbed it.

'Twin' Pea

What a day….

Lavenders & Lobelia

…. For getting down and dirty in the garden!

Salad Troughs

The sun surprised us by showing its face this morning.  Determined not to miss a good day of being outside I weeded the Lavender patch again – Seems like only yesterday when I did it last – trimmed the grass and sat back with a beer whilst the OH mowed the lawn.  Have to say our front garden is looking more like a ‘looked after’ garden now and less like a forest.  I did plan to do all sorts – finish digging the back garden, move my greenhouse, plant out the herb patch, lobelia, sweet peas and morning glories.  All I have managed to do is sow 4 troughs of mixed salad seeds (one of which is my BBC Dig In Salads), plant out the lobelia (bush blue and trailing white) in and around my lavenders (hopefully the ground cover will stop my cats from using the area as a toilet) and help pot on my Mum’s tree that we bought for her birthday.

Huge Lemon Balm leaves making themselves known by my front door.

Still, tomorrow is another day…..

Bank Holiday Diggin’

Making full use of the long weekend and armed with the lawn edging knife, spade, fork and some tunes, the garden is now starting to look like something usable and less like a forest of weeds.

5 hours later and I’m absolutely shattered.  The weather has been great.  Warm with a gentle cool breeze.  I’m just hoping it’s like this tomorrow so I can get a bit more done.  I’m dreading the task of relocating the compost bin though.

Everything in the greenhouse seems to be coming on strong.

Pea Planter, finally out of the greenhouse.

My one and only Iceberg Lettuce.


My little helper.