Sowing, digging and planting
Ahh, the longer and brighter evenings make such a difference to the garden and to your own well-being.
Sitting out on the patio surrounded by overflowing pots of spring flowering bulbs and the hypnotic sound of bird song is such a pleasure.
All of our early spring bulbs have finished. However, we still have a swathe of beautiful nodding daffodils in the beds and containers. I can’t wait for the abundance of tulips to bloom.
Spring is also a wonderful time of the year to visit one of the National Trust’s many enchanting gardens. I especially love visiting Sissinghurst Castle Garden, it’s always such an inspiration for our own garden, and I come away with a list of new plants I’d like.
What we’ve been up to this monthIn the garden and on the website
In early April, I finally spent a few hours in my potting shed sowing lots of seeds for the months ahead. I’ve mainly been sowing flower seeds for our cottage garden bed and our patio pots.
In addition to the flower seeds, I’ve sowed four different types of tomatoes, San Marzano, Gardener’s Delight, Red Cherry and Sweet Million. In addition to the tomatoes, I’ve sown two different chilli seeds varieties, Cayenne, and Hungarian Hot Wax.
It’s now just a waiting game, and keeping my fingers crossed.
We’re gradually gaining back control of our secret garden area and pruning some of our unruly shrubs. We’ve also been weeding all around the garden, especially the cottage garden bed. It appears that no sooner we turn our backs and there are more weeds, it’s like painting the Forth Bridge.
Our four raised beds weren’t lined, so the sleepers have now rotted. Gary has started to tackle our raised bed section. He is gradually redistributing the soil from the beds around the garden. We haven’t entirely decided what we are going to do with the area; however, we’re thinking of covering it with a pea shingle and making a seating area, but it’s up for discussion at the moment.
Achievements for AprilLet’s keep ticking those boxes
Lessons learnt & mistakes madeYou live and learn
Our plans for the coming monthWhat’s on your to-do list?
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