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The plan

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My next step with the garden is to plan. And I have a few… I have to admit I was dreaming up ideas for our garden long before we moved in.

So here is a list of what I would like to achieve:

-Making the garden safe for our toddler is my top priority.

-We need to do some fence maintenance.

-Pruning and working out what we actually have in the garden. I think I am going to have to start a log book so I can remember. It’s a bit of a mystery until spring and then probably a until a full year has passed, but I’m trying to work it out. It’s a fairly established garden, which is nice as we can enjoy it already, but it does also mean it’s not a blank canvas and we need to work around some established plants or be brutal.

-Sorting and reorganising my allotment gear. Which has been put into our shed… in a bit of a crazy pile. (Moving an allotment is not an easy job!!) But the shed smells very authentic; just like my grandpas did.

-Working out a general plan for the space. Involving a greenhouse (this is realistically something for next year) and creating growing space for veg and flowers….

-Sorting out the soil. Whilst the garden has been cared for, it lacks the beautiful soil I achieved at the allotment. You don’t have to dig far to hit clay and rocks. Raised beds and lots of digging are on the agenda.

-A diy ‘mud kitchen’ for our toddler.

-Location for my hammock!! Although I have no idea where the bolts or actual hammock are since we moved!!

-A small child friendly wildlife pond. Bug hotel, nesting boxes and feeders.

-Pots and pots and pots for my dream container patio situation.

-I need to remove some brambles although I think they will be my new garden foe. I like the fruit, but the spikes less!

I’m also expanding my seed sourcing. Discovering chiltern seeds via an insta explore. Which has made me realise that we need proper garden plan as my ideas are running a bit wild. So I need to focus and I need to get going.

Saturday morning seed hunting

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with the ‘garden’, but I think it’s a ‘jump in a crack on’ situation. Need to remind myself nothing is permanent and the learning has to start somewhere. I’m looking forward to the clocks changing as some evening gardening can start!

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Update

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Here is a little update on progress;

Good news the toms is progressing…slowly

Bad new the potato plan died; in the heat I think I may have over watered him! I didn’t expect a lot but was pleased to at least see these 3 (if you can call them 3) potatoes!

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3 potatoes-time to go carb free?

Spring has sprung!

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So all the plants are still with us just about:
Sunflowers only one left now and I think he is on his way out from wind damage…
Tomatoes; all happy growing away. Due a pot up
Chard-doing really strong but small
Spring onions and spinach; looking a bit sad, will work on these!

Potato is growing too well!

All other plants are bumbling along; the twisted willow even has leaves!

All in all doing well, but this weekend will be a re-pot for many.

Little seeds

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So the seed hit list is:

Tumbling toms

Basil

Spinach (viking)

Mixed salad leaves

Rocket (wild)

Onions (spring)

Sunflowers

French Marigolds

Chard (white silver 2)

Chives

Potatoes (Swift)

Some photos of when we first moved in

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Here are some photos of when we had just moved in; it’s a weeny space! But based on the fact its gets some light… I hope it has potential.

Hello this is my first post!

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In 2011 we moved into our new flat; with a teeny tiny balcony. As with most things; I bumbled off all excited and ambitious!

The flat came with some rather tired and not recently used window boxes. So I maintained hope that we could grow something.

So off we went and purchased 3 new window boxes to replace the old cracked ones.

As my mother is a keen gardener; she donated us 6 home grown begonias. I also invested in a hanging basket; which I planted with some Petunias. I also found a lovely plant with small origami type flowers (one days I will find out the name), and a variety of other small plants.

We were also inspired when we visited our neighbour’s balcony; she has lived at the flats for over 30 years. Her balcony was like a little oasis of greenery and useful objects.

And so we begin….