Friday, April 24, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Building A Bog Garden

First we roughed out the shaped with a hose. We decided to put it on the lawn edge so it gets sun and partial shade.

Muchus digging by dh not me later we have a hole.

Into the hole we put a underlay and a liner and then poke holes in them both with a garden fork so slow drainage will occur or it will end up a pond the first time it rains. Then we put in a good layer of perlite to help keep water in the bog.

Next we shovelled all the soil back, soaked it with rainwater ( do not use tap water unless it is going to be left to stand for week as the chemicals in tap water are bad for the plants.) and trimmed back the liner and put a layer of turf on the edge upside down to hide it. Then I planted it. I put in Irises, Ragged Robin, Meadow sweet, Hemp Agrimony, Scullcap, Pink Purslane, Penny Royal, Marsh Marigold and Hostas when they arrive. It looks a mess but give it time. I am hoping when it grows up it will attract frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Some garden happenings....

A busy garden day today.
We caught a cream spotted ladybird & had a quick look at the little fellow. Then we headed off to the garden centre to buy an apple tree.

Underneath we planted Yarrow, Wood Anemone & White Campion.
We also planted Borage (in a pot, as it is quite an invasive plant) Thumbelina Carrots & Sunflowers. We also planted some potatoes I had been chitting for a while.

We later caught a Peacock butterfly which has reminded me to chop some fresh orange & leave on a bird feeder in the garden to attract butterflies.

All this has been recorded in E's garden notebook - our current project. We have had a lovely day. Chilled, but hard work.
I am off to make dinner: Cheesy cauliflower pasta. & then enjoy a relaxed evening knitting socks :)
Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

strimming already

well I've looked at mine, decided i need to get the strimmer out already, felt overwhelmed, went back inside. . . . . . . :-/

I Have Pallets

Yaay. I have pallets. Dh bought cement and it came on them. Bug house here we come:)

Monday, April 13, 2009

garden update....

dug a patch and planted shallots today.  :0)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

started to dig

out a small patch for sweetcorn :0)