Last Sunday Bonus Boy and I had a stroll around the estate (it didn’t take long, it’s about the size of a postcard) and made a few plans for our gardening year. I always get very excited about seed planting when I see bare earth so we will be poring over seed catalogues when the sun goes down this week and he will be trying to persuade me once again to have a go at sunflowers. I will probably give in even though I know the ninja slugs will get them again and we will plan our campaign to defeat them – saving coffee grinds and egg shells and pondering the efficacy of various sharp or gritty options. All this because, every now and then, we are successful!
At this time of year the bare bones structure of the garden is plain to see.
It is messy and battered by wind and rain, it needs clearing and hacking back but I can see where there are possibilities. I can spot an area which could benefit from some new planting or a change of direction and I start sketching stuff out on large pieces of paper. I’m not very good at proportion and I get carried away planning to squeeze in far more than I have room for but it is a lovely way to pass the time and it gives me an opportunity to talk about plans and map making with my Bonus Boy.
We take photos all year round and he now tells me which plants need their pictures taking. This means we have a record of how the garden looks throughout the year and we can see what worked and what didn’t. It also means we don’t dig where a precious plant is hiding over winter – or at least we try not to, sometimes muddy soil is just too good to resist!
There is still food out there for the picking
And several very welcome hints of spring!
This week we will be topping up the bird feeders, sowing broad beans in pots with plastic bottle cloches, planning for Spring and having a bit of a tidy up.