So we thought, time to tidy the garden. It has been neglected well and truly. I mean look at this picture. It looks a shamble. D worked on the clearing out the shed and turning the compost bin, whilst I got down and dirty with the garden plot and pots.
The garden plot is about 10 foot by 8 foot. This is what I used to grow some of my salad leaves, lettuces, spinach and veg such as courgettes before I got the allotment plot, last year it was cavolo nero, shallots, onions and some chard, so that I could concentrate on the allotment plots. Not anymore as it is back to the garden plot.
I am not exactly dressed for gardening, but once I was down there. I got stuck right into it. I dug out these spent plants, including Rainbow Swiss chard, perpetual spinach, and even the Rhubarb plant that seemed to have rotted. Last year I had managed to force it and have it with Greek yogurt, it was delicious. Not this year, unfortunately.
The cavolo nero aka black kale or black cabbage has been really successful. I'll be growing these again.
During the clearing up I came across these thriving buds. I cannot remember what they are - so am looking forward to the surprise and the colours.
Some of the herbs were doing well too, such as the marjoram, thyme, this sage
and the evergreen rosemary. Others are still sleeping like the chives and mint, but I no longer have lovage, lemon balm, lemon verbena - these will all have to be replaced in the near future.
Ah for those of you who have seen a peek of me, will note that I have had a haircut. Its actually quite a drastic haircut for me. I think the last time I had it this short was when I was three or four years old. I know, because I have a picture of me looking rather cute. I'm getting used to it, especially the cold breeze on the back of my neck, I miss my long hair especially when its cold as it sometimes served as a 'natural scarf'.
Clearing the weeds from some of the pots also revealed new shoots. This really filled me cheer.
Here are a number of the pots all cleared of weed and emptied of soil. In the two large pots at the back which we inherited from Ds Dad, we will probably grow some new potatoes. In others dwarf climbing green beans. I know its probably late, but I finally got round to planting some Thermidrome garlic in long containers. Lets see how they do.
My hanging baskets have been replaced by brand new wood fibre lining, as the birds, namely the magpies had stolen pretty much all of it for making nests. I don't begrudge them. I understand, but they didn't need to make a mess of it. It really did look tatty, looking almost like a mad professors haircut (look at the one at the back), but now these have all been replaced you'd be none the wiser. Question is how do I keep the birds from doing it again?!
The garden plot soil has also been turned over with the worms. You could hear the birdies in the background getting excited.
A little sunshine at the weekend and few good hours in the garden has got us motivated to start growing again. But it also reminded us of all the things we had lost and need replacing: money to spend. I didn't even have a secateurs to cut down some of the dead plants and used scissors, and if I am to grow veg, I need to get some seed pots. Oh well, at least we are looking forward too.