Our total garden renovation start in a few weeks time, there’ll be less lawn which not only means less to mow -hurray!- but more places to grow plants, especially fruit and vegetables. At the moment there are limited growing spaces and plenty of clearing to do, brambles have been very happy with all this sunshine and rain, so I’ll be putting on some tough gardening gloves, chopping them back and digging up as much of the roots as possible.
There are also some nice jobs to do as well. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m so grateful to whoever the previous owner was who planted the David Austin roses, with their soft colours, and scented, pretty petals. I’ve been snipping off spent roses to keep new ones coming, and of course picking some to bring inside.
It’s not glamorous, but weeding is a big thing for me to do this month, if you’ve been more diligent than me, you may have dealt with them already, but the areas that I din’t get round to weeding are in serious need of attention. They’re beginning to flower and that saying ‘one years seed, seven years weed’ is a big incentive right now.
I don’t mind weeding it makes a big impact to how the garden looks, and is a simple task to get lost in, very relaxing. Our weeds don’t go into the compost bin, obviously, but into the recycling bin that the council empty every fortnight, it seems the best way to deal with them.
Pull them up so as much root as possible is removed -it’s easier when the soil is damp after rain- or just hoe the ground if the weeds are tiny, this leaves the soil nice and crumbly so water soaks in more easily.
The plant containers are begining to fill out and look rather nice. If the weather is dry, I stick a plant-saucer under the pot before they’re watered so the plants have time to soak up the water before it drains away, just make sure the saucer doesn’t have water in it for more than half a day. I only use the saucers in dry weather, so the plant roots don’t get water-logged.
Does that seem like a bit of a faff? It seems like the least I can do to look after them having forced them into a pot rather than letting them spread out in the ground. Dead-heading spent flowers and a weekly feed of tomato fertiliser keeps the flowers coming.
There isn’t much spare space for sowing flower seeds here at the moment, but Zinnias are at the top of the list. I like all the colours, there’s a huge range and they remind me of holidays in France, where you see little bunches of the in most markets.
If Zinnias aren’t your thing, sow english marigolds, cornflowers, californian poppies, in fact any hardy or half-hardy annual can be grown straight into the soil.
Another thing that needs doing, is to sit down out there with a cuppa and enjoy it all.
Have a happy weekend.
all photos: Jill Andeson.