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!

Springtime in the garden
The plan we are slowly working toward
Springtime in the garden
I can’t find a proper ‘before’ photo, but this shows the ‘intermediate’ stage – the hedge at the back was chopped down, and the trellis reinstated.

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!

Springtime in the garden

Springtime in the garden

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!

Springtime in the garden

Springtime in the garden

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.

Springtime in the garden

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!

garden inspiration
My garden pinterest board has been making me excited, too.

Do you have a garden or sunny windowsill! What are you planning to grow this year?

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5 Comments

  1. Siobhan Watts (@siobhanwatts)

    March 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Your garden is looking lovely, I’m so jealous of the space you have! I keep meaning to grow something on my windowsill: herbs, tomatoes, peppers and anything else I can manage. I never seem to get around to it! x

    1. BeNourishd

      March 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      It was the primary reason for leaving Brixton : to get some outside space. I love having it but it’s definitely been underused.

      Try some herbs like Rosemary and thyme – they’re really easy and super useful. Just don’t use the supermarket ones. Those are designed to be eaten quickly so generally only survive a few weeks at best…

  2. Jane Shankster

    March 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Katie – so pleased you have made a start on the garden already – love the raised beds and the brick path looks good as well.

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