Springtime in the garden
It’s spring! Or, almost spring, at least. Springy enough that I’m starting to think about what summer will be like, and what I’d like to have growing in the garden.
At the end of 2014, I was pretty much convinced that our garden would become derelict. It had become a dumping ground for the builders, and everything out there was dead apart from the weeds. The whole point of leaving Brixton was to have a garden, and we had gone and trashed it!
My mum had given us a housewarming gift of some time with Jane, a lovely landscape gardener, who gave us plans for a beautiful and functional garden (a big priority was space to grow herbs and vegetables), but with a new baby on his way, I couldn’t see how we would ever get around to actually making the plans into reality!
But luckily my husband is a doer, and my father-in-law loves a garden project! Over the course of a couple of visits, they completely transformed our outside space. They built 3 raised beds, using the decking we had taken up at the beginning of last summer (when we found a rat living under it! Aargh!), planted some red robins at the back of the garden, which will eventually form a hedge, replaced the trellis on the side of the house so that people can no longer see in from the street, and laid down some turf!
When Peter’s dad came down in January, he’d done some late planting of bulbs I’d ordered but never managed to plant. Since they were planted so late, we thought they might never come out, but now those are starting to emerge, so it feels like there are endless possibilities now!
So things I’d like to plant are: tomatoes, potatoes, beetroot, broad beans, carrots and courgette. I’ve bought some flower sprout seeds, because I love these, and also want some mint and lavender and rosemary. I want to have flowers in pots and maybe put in some dahlia bulbs.
How much of this is achievable I don’t know. But I’ll do an update midsummer and let you know how I get on. For now, though, this feels like the start of something and I’m so excited!
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