Out in the Garden

Remember last Friday I posted 5 inspirational garden images here? well I actually got out in the garden and began to create the very beginnings of my own little haven. I always knew our garden would require a huge amount of effort and hard work, but I didn’t quite anticipate just how hard it would be, that said, it was the most satisfying hard work I’ve done in ages.

I started of just doing a bit of weeding… then… out of nowhere came the decision that the raised vegetable bed that I’ve wanted for a while was going to happen right there and then. My husband had the bright idea of building the bed using the old brick that we had left over from the house. I laid out the bricks, dug down about the depth of a spade, filled the bottom with rubble to help with drainage. Then put the soil back and added some compost which I ‘borrowed’ from my dad πŸ™‚ I absolutely love its rustic look and has transformed our little jungle.

We are watching our pennies at the moment and I’m so pleased that this project didn’t cost a thing to put together, my Mother-in-law kindly gave me a box of various seeds that she had collected last year. I have planted 3 rows of salad leaves, a row of spring onions, chili peppers, peppers, carrots and sweet peas.

Each evening that I’ve got home from work this week, I’ve rushed up the drive into the garden to check on it… no sign of any growth yet.

My sister gave me some rhubarb a while ago which I put to one side and had forgotten about, we found it in the garage, it appeared to have done quite well in the dark and with out water!!!! I’ve planted it up and have everything crossed that it picks up. I can’t wait to make a rhubarb crumble cake later on in the year… So come on little plat grow your socks off and be quick πŸ™‚

I also picked some blossom form the tree in the front garden and brought it into the house, it smells amazing, the petals have fallen round the vase but it looks like confetti. Iv enjoyed gardening much more than I thought I would. Are you keen on gardening and growing your own food? If so please share any tips you might have, I would love to hear from you.

Take care.

6 thoughts on “Out in the Garden

  1. Musings Of A Gem

    Hi Laura,

    I discovered gardening and growing your own a year or so ago. It's so rewarding seeing a little seedling grow into something you can eat. Last christmas we had parsnips from the garden, they were so good! I also love to put sweet peas in the veg patch to attract lots of bees.

    Gemma x

  2. Ailie Williams

    Absolutely LOVE this post Laura! The images are like those from a glossy country mag!! I am having so much fun growing my veggies, i have peppers, salad, carrots and peppers on the go…our potatoes failed sadly! I also hope to try rhubarb later on after my crumble cake success! x x x x

  3. sadie c

    I love growing my own food. Always do the usual, salad stuff, beans etc, but also, spuds. Just need a large tough bag or biggest pot you have (we use a plastic storage pot thing, holes drilled in the bottom for drainage), chit some spuds, then bung them in. Rootling around for them when they're ready is like digging for gold! Also, you can buy tiny patio fruit trees. They really do stay teeny, so you can keep them in a pot or small veggie patch, knowing they won't get too massive. Our apple tree does well each year.

    Peas are nice and easy too. I once copied the bbc gardener lady (can't remember her name, she has red hair and a dog), she grew pea shoots. All she did was take dried peas – the sort you buy in the supermarket to rehydrate – and scattered in a pot with soil, not very deep. After a week or so when the shoots appeared, she snipped them off and used in salads. I was a little disbelieving, but it worked! Good fun and cheap as chips.

    lovely photos.

  4. Laura Goble

    Thank you so much Ailie, how long will it take for me to see some seedlings? Iv got no idea… but I have checked the patch all this week to see if there are any signs πŸ™‚ lol

  5. Laura Goble

    wow thank you for the tips πŸ™‚ I have a feeling you mean Carol Kline from Gardeners world maybe (I love that program) that sound samazing doesnt it, I migh give it ago.



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