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

Alpines

Pretty Alpine

Thyme & Rosemary

Strawberries

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.

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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?

Garden Blooms.

I promised an update and here it is:


My cucumbers, coming on strong.

The Forget-Me-Nots, I forgot all about loving their doorstep home.

Iceberg Lettuce.

Lobelia Crystal Palace.

New peas sprouting in my fab new pea planter.  Also showing a pea pod after flowering.

Peppers.

Rocket.

My one and only Rosemary seedling.  It seems that this year is not my year for growing Rosemary from seed.

Tomato.

My winter hanging basket my Mum did for me last year, blooming right into summer!

And finally some shop bought Lobelia Bush Blue.  Bought just incase the Crystal Palace didn’t germinate. I have also just bought some Lobelia Trailing White, thought they would look super pretty together in my brick trench in the back garden.

More digging planned for the next few days.  I aim to have the back garden veg space sorted before my trip to Paris.  7 weeks and counting….