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.

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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…..

Seeds in.

Today I’ve managed to sow:

Morning Glory (Heavenly Blue)
Sweet Pea (Old Spice Mix)
Lobelia (Crystal Palace)

I must remember to sow my Beans.

I’ve also bought a garden arch, which I plan to grow the sweet pea’s and morning glories on.  Hopefully it’ll make a nice display.

I’m waiting for some stocks and flox seeds now.

….. Time for the Edible Garden me thinks.

Free Seeds!

Back from the shopping trip this morning I noticed the postie had been.  Flicking through the endless amount of rubbish mail we get I noticed my BBC: Dig In free seeds.  Last year we weren’t very quick off the mark and we missed out on these.  This year we must be one of the lucky ones, I noticed on their website that they’re all out of seeds now.  Make sure (if you weren’t lucky enough to get some this year) that you remember for next!

Inside my envelope:

It’s weird because I was going to nip out today and purchase some French Bean seeds.  Apart from the 5 packets of ample filled seeds, I also got some funky stickers which I’m sure Jessica will have fun decorating some pots with after school.  There was also a funky little booklet giving lots of advice on when to sow your seeds, how to look after them and the best bit…. When to harvest!

I think I’ll leave these seeds and plant them up with the kids at the weekend.  Get them mucky, out in the sun and involved.