Getting out in the garden always makes me feel better. I’ve been poorly for a few days so I spent some time pottering outside on Saturday in the hope it might do me some good. My garden to-do list has been getting longer and first on the list was plant the onion sets that have been sat by the back door for a while. Some of them had started to sprout, hopefully that doesn’t matter too much.
Do you have an area of the garden where you keep ‘useful things’? Mine is under the bench. There are lots of pot feet, stones, broken bits of pot, odds and ends of garden cane and cut off plastic bottles I use for watering in the Summer. To someone else it probably looks like a junk corner but to me it’s all useful. I always try and tidy it up but end up not getting rid of anything.
I spotted a couple of ladybirds going about their business. We were overrun with aphids in the front last year so we need as many ladybirds as possible.
I’ve been marking out growing areas in the raised beds with this tin of gardeners string I got for Christmas. It’s really handy because the string doesn’t get tangled up and it stops me accidentally kicking the ball round the garden and having to wind it up again!
My friend Kat grew a champion radish last year – I say champion because it was perfectly round. They are something I enjoy eating but don’t often buy so I picked up a packet of seeds ready for growing my own. I’ve got my eye on this recipe for radishes with whipped butter and sea salt.
Our peony is waking up and pushing out waxy purple shoots. I was disappointed we didn’t get flowers last Summer and later read they flower in the second year after planting. That’s this year so keep your fingers crossed!
I started some nasturtiums off on the kitchen windowsill and the leaves are so big after just one week. I need to pot them on and make sure they don’t get too leggy. Easiest thing ever to grow.
I picked too much rosemary for cooking so I put the leftover sprigs in a glass of water to root. The roots have grown to a good size and each piece is ready to be transferred to a pot. If you’ve never tried it, it’s a good way to get ‘free’ plants for the garden. Works well with thyme and oregano too.
After doing these bits I was starting to flag so I grabbed the easiest thing to eat with messy hands – a cupcake! The only way to eat it was to rub my face in like a pig sniffing out a truffle (classy!). I used this recipe and put a blob of Nutella in the middle of the cake mixture. Yummy!
What is happening in your gardens?