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Well, we’ve gone and done it now!
Yes, the seedling of an idea that we had over winter to launch our new garden website alongside 'Our World for You' has started to propagate.
We’ve launched this website for various reasons, the primary one being that the garden greatly needs some TLC. We also thought that as we are amateurs at this, we could give guidance to others along the way, as you follow our ups and downs, warts, and all. I know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but hopefully, all good things come to those who wait, or so I’m told.
The other reasons for the garden facelift are that we need to get fitter, you never know we may actually lose some weight. Also, it’s incredibly beneficial to your mental wellbeing. It’s so satisfying admiring your achievements and the end of a day and the progress you’ve made.
Don’t forget to take some before and after photos, you’ll soon forget how it once looked.
What we’ve been up to this monthWill it be the garden or the website?
The last couple of months has been a bit of a juggling act. It’s between getting out in the garden to start making a degree of headway on our long list of tasks and building the whole website and its database.
We’ve also been creating posts and articles to run parallel with our gardening progress; hopefully, these will give you motivation and offer helpful tips.
In addition to the home-based activities, we’ve also been out and about visiting garden centres and nurseries. It has been so long since we last headed to a garden centre. I was looking forward to exploring them and gaining new inspiration and ideas.
We have visited some old haunts like Brookside Garden Centre on our horticultural travels and discovered some exciting new nurseries too. I appreciate that as we live in Kent, the focus will be on the local outlets to us but go and seek out your nearby retailers too.
Achievements for MarchBig or small, a win is a win
It was such a pleasure sowing my hundreds of seeds, the hours disappear so effortlessly, and it’s so therapeutic. Talking of seeds, there are early signs that some of my seedlings are germinating, but I’m not too confident about my old tomato and chilli seeds; I think I’m going to buy some fresh seeds.
My propagating trays have now taken over the conservatory until the temperature outside warms up slightly. Then I can re-home them all into the cold frame (which Gary has fixed). I’ve splashed out on a digital thermometer that displays the high and low temperatures, so we’ve been monitoring that daily.
The lawn has had its first trim of the year, and it certainly needed it. I’ve been waiting for the weather to have had at least a few consistently dry days; otherwise, we end up with a lot of muddy patches. Although, this has opened a further can of worms, as the moss appears to be taking over.
We’ve also replaced our old picket fence with a sparkly new one; as I said, little wins boost you. And Gary has jet washed the patio, which wasn’t an easy task. Our patio is like a courtyard garden, so the ground tiles have the characteristics of herringbone bricks, as far away from shiny tiles as you could get.
Lessons learnt & mistakes madeWill, we ever learn
I’ve recently been sowing various seeds for a splash of summer colour for our borders and some tomato and chilli seeds. The tomato and chilli seeds were from old seed packets out of date, but I thought, hey, let’s give them a go. Now a few weeks down the line, they are not looking too promising.
It also appears that the grass in our lawn is struggling to stave off the encroaching moss. So, I think we will have to bite the bullet, temporarily live with the brown patches, and start giving the lawn an overhaul.
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