My front garden consists of two strips either side of a gravel driveway. One side is currently planted with a mixture of herbs and alpines, most of which are overgrown. The other side is also overgrown with some bushy plants that I’m not overly keen on.
We have decided to take out all the overgrown plants and I will be replacing them with perennial herbs.
My current collection of herbs lives in terracotta pots in my back garden. The annuals seem to be happy with this arrangement but the perennials aren’t flourishing. I moved a sage from it’s pot to a spot in the border last autumn and it likes it much better in the ground.
The photo shows the tray of herbs that I bought at the garden centre today that are ready to go in the front garden. They will be joined by some others I am growing from seed, and the ones that are unhappy in their pots out the back. I will post before and after pictures when I’ve got the old plants out and the new plants in.
I have planted fruit trees and bushes in my garden, and watching them turn green and grow is interesting but slow. Far more exciting are the seeds I have sown on my window ledge.
So far, I have coriander and cumin herbs in my kitchen, and various hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes and aubergines sprouting. Now that the seedlings have come through and I have uncovered them, I have room to start another batch of seeds.
Hopefully this year my seedlings will be safe from the snails that munched them all last year. I hope that starting them inside and moving them out when they’re a bit bigger will give them a better chance of surviving.
I love watching the little green bits start to appear in the compost. It amazes me how an entire plant fits into such a tiny seed.
Last year was my first garden, and as is to be expected of first attempts at something, it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. I started planting quite late in the season, my seedlings were attacked by slugs, I didn’t water anything enough and it was all quite disheartening. I gave up trying to rescue plants, enjoyed what did survive and left the garden alone completely once the last plants had given up on me.
This year, I’m excited to try again. Armed with experience of what not to do, a little more knowledge than last year, and a lot more enthusiasm, I’m hoping to get much better results this year. We took advantage of a rare sunny day last week to get started, took out weeds and old plants, dug the ground over a bit and planted some fruit trees and bushes that I got for my birthday.
I have a very ambitious stack of seeds waiting to be sown, as well as potatoes, onions and shallots to be planted. I need to finish weeding and digging in compost. I want to rearrange some things in the garden, especially moving the composter to a sunnier spot so it gets a bit warmer than it did last year. I’m waiting for the next sunny day so I can get out there and get to work.
I’m really looking forward to seeing things grow, posting pictures, and most of all, eating yummy garden fresh produce. Hopefully I’ll have plenty to show for my efforts this year.