Spring in the garden

Spring in the garden - April 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but guess what? I’m back in the garden! After a quiet winter, the weather is perking up and things are starting to look a little bit brighter behind our house. We have had garlic and shallots growing over the winter, which should be ready to pull up at some point in the near future, and I just planted some potatoes last week.

Spring in the garden - April 2016

Meanwhile, all sorts of bulbs have sprouted up. The daffodils I planted two years ago came up again, and have faded away already, and the tulips I planted are coming up for another year, despite the fact that I was pretty sure I had pulled all the bulbs up. You’re meant to store them out of the ground over winter, but I ended up throwing them away as I left it far too late. So I was pretty surprised to see them emerging from the ground, and thrilled when buds started to form.

Spring in the garden - April 2016

There are muscari flowers all over the garden, thanks to some bulbs I planted in the autumn. I know it’s kind of normal that you plant a bulb and a plant grows out of it, but it never fails to amaze me when something I plant grows.

Spring in the garden - April 2016

Thinking of things emerging from unlikely places, I followed advice to cut our raspberry bush to the ground in the autumn, and it looked so sad and small all winter, but hey – what’s that? Growth! Emerging from the dead looking stump like a phoenix from the ashes. There are tiny little buds on our grape vine, too, which also looks like a dead stump throughout the winter. The lavender leaves have gone from grey to green. The mint is emerging from the most unlikely places. IT’S LIKE MAGIC. Nature is totally magic.

Spring in the garden - April 2016

One exciting addition has just gone into the ground: our black tomato plants arrived from Suttons last weekend, so they’ve been planted. Looking forward to seeing if these do as well as last year’s crop. I think I ordered some other tomato plants, too, as it’s definitely one of the plants that was most productive last year.

Here’s another thing which is totally magical, which isn’t massively photogenic, but still amazing. My father-in-law opened the bottom of our compost bin recently to discover… COMPOST. I know, I know, compost bin creates compost – shouldn’t really come as a shock. And yet… We used up all the compost that was in there last summer, but the food and plant cuttings and cardboard we have been filling it with over the last 9 months or so have now been transformed into soil.  This compost bin is probably the most magical part of my garden. I put food waste in it two or three times a week, and fill it right to the top. But then the next time I open it, there’s space again. Whatever lives in that bin is very hungry, that’s for sure!

All in all, it feels like an exciting time. So much possibility in such a little plot of land. We moved out of Brixton specifically so that we could get somewhere with outdoor space, and at this time of year, it makes me feel like the best decision we ever made. Yay, spring!

Spring in the garden - April 2016

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