Yesterday was a perfect day to be in the garden, after all the storms that we have been having it actually felt like a Spring day, it was dry, fresh and bright - So I wasted no time and headed out. First on my list was the greenhouse, it is in need of a good tidy and organise. I managed to complete about a third of what I had hoped to do, but I suppose that it outdoor living for you - There are just way too many distractions!
So, the garden list/plan has been somewhat of a success. I have found that it is quite hard to try and tie yourself to a plan regarding something that it constantly emerging and growing. I guess that I am a wild garden kind of a gal'.
Now having said that I am consulting my plan, however I am allowing this plan to be more of an organic process! Guidelines are probably more of an accurate description.
'Guidelines' for the Garden 2014:
Seeds (buy Irish where possible):
- Lettuce Leaves
- Pumpkins / Squash
- Broad Beans
I think that these should do us for starters along with what we already have, cabbage, broccolli, strawberries and all that grows wild around us, such as blackberries and mushrooms.
Herbs will be covered in the Apothecary Page at a later stage (thats a whole other 'plan').
As regards flowers, I don't have much of a flower garden, the flowers around us are mainly wild flowers. Last year I did decide that the front of the house needed brightening up a little so developed two beds, I also grew cornflowers from seed for the past 2 years.
We have a side porch area, that is south facing off of the kitchen, I like to have containers with shots of vibrant colour and scents here.
We estimate the costs so far for our 'Garden Guidelines' to be in or around €150.
The days are that little bit longer, so weather permitting, for the remainder of the month I hope to be outdoors more, implementing my guidelines - Organising the greenhouse, sowing some seeds, preparing some beds and the best part of all, digging and burying my hands deep in the soil whenever possible.