Saturday, 30 May 2009

planting out

Viewing the garden
from the new patio

A bee on a rose

The vegetable garden

All those cold wet Saturdays spent in the potting shed, sowing seeds, pricking out, listening to the football, potting on and wishing your little plants to prosper are finally rewarded. Yes it's Cup Final Saturday, the sun is shining and the garden is alive with bird song and spring colour. The move from May to June signals an end to the risk of late frosts and a cue to get planting. Summer bedding starting to feel pot bound can be given freedom to grow and flourish. All those tender veg plants desperate to produce food, can fill the vegetable beds.

As the garden birds busily ferry food to their young and the bees buzz by, it is a good time to sit back and take stock of what's happening and enjoy the promise of what is yet to come.

Summer bedding planted out: zinnia, sweetpeas, rubekia, salvia, marigolds and geraniums.

Vegetables planted in the kitchen garden: courgettes, sweetcorn, cucumbers, aubergines, broccoli, sweet peppers, chili peppers, and a range of tomatoes.

More garden photos here - Flickr

Monday, 25 May 2009

a quick tour

June 2004

June 2007

Well here we go! yet another garden blog [google: garden blogs returns 64,400,000 results] but this one will be different! No of course it won't, but it will be mine and more importantly, about my little bit of earth. I thought it best to start with a quick tour of the garden and introduction to how I see the blog developing (some rules for me) - however, like the garden, the blog rules may change!

So to that little bit of earth. It is situated in the Cambridgeshire fens, a town garden, long and narrow behind a 1930s semi. It has many roles to fulfill for those who use it. A place to relax, a place to play, a place to entertain and also a place to grow and learn.

Despite being a garden since the 1930s it was basically a blank canvas when I moved here in 2004. In the five years since, we've concentrated on giving the garden shape and purpose which can be summed up as, a main patio area for entertaining and dining with a small secluded patio further up the garden. The first half of the garden is mainly lawn surrounded by flower beds. This leads to a smaller (hidden) lawn and from there to the fruit and vegetable garden. We'll revisit these different areas in future posts.

While I hope to keep the blog on topic I will from time to time add comment on my experiences of gardening in general. Posts will be as frequent or infrequent as is practical.