Happy Spring everyone! Today is the Spring Equinox so I think it is fitting to do a little spring garden post on my blog today.
As spring moves in and the earth awakens after it’s winter slumber, I usually find that my mind turns to plans for the garden. Last year we had a fairly successful garden, the potatoes did well as did the tomato’s and for the very first time I was successful in growing sweet peas which were an absolute delight!
However, on reflection, I feel that there were a few mistakes made that I will not make again and I am contemplating taking a different plan of action this year. By the way…the photographs throughout this post are of what is blooming right now in my garden – it’s looking so pretty and on a sunny day I enjoy sitting on the garden steps listening to the bees buzzing, sniffing the beautiful fragrance from the shrub below and sipping a cup of tea.
My garden is a fraction of the size of my last one and although this means that it is easy to manage it also means that does not lend itself to veggie growing – at least not on any scale that makes it worthwhile. Added to the space issue is the fact that we have some big trees which means lots of shade – another no-no for veggie gardening.
Last spring I made the mistake of over-capitalizing. In other words, I was lazy and instead of starting my seeds from scratch in a timely fashion I went off to my local garden centre and bought seedlings. It ended up costing me waaaay more than I wanted to spend and some of the plants just did not do well due to the microclimate of my garden.
Although I grew lots of things in growing bags, my available space just is not enough for the yield I ideally want nor is it worth dedicating the small space I do have to vegetables because honestly, we only get about two or three meals out of the produce. All that time growing and nurturing for two or three meals? No – I think not.
So this season I have decided to take a different approach. I will buy all my fresh produce in and I will capitalise on what is in season by buying in bulk and canning. I will also make better use of what the hedgerow offers. I love foraging from the hedgerows and missed out on doing that last year. Free food! Who doesn’t love that?
I will use the space I do have, two raised beds, to grow a cut-flower garden. The rest of my garden is beautiful and very well established. Nothing to add or do apart from maintenance, not my doing, someone else’s green fingers are responsible. I will also try my hand at putting together a patio garden – all pots. We have two patio/entertaining sections and both hold much potential.
I’m definitely going to give sweet peas a go again, I just love the fragrance they give and they keep yielding flowers well into late summer, early autumn. My home was never without a few posies of sweet peas last summer. I’m going to try to grow some of my English cottage garden favourites too – Lupins, Foxgloves, Delphinium and the such. All flowers I can cut and use indoors.
So this year I plan to just enjoy my garden. Not stress over yields or resent not having the space I want to accomplish lofty plans. I plan to spend lots of time sitting out in my garden, watching the butterflies and other insects enjoy a garden rich in pollen and nectar. I’m going to re-vamp one of the patio areas and make it into a little haven, a place that I can sit and write and paint. A place where I can drink tea and read a good magazine or book. That’s the summer I have in mind this year 🙂
Do you have any spring garden plans yet?