I like a project (lest that had slipped you by), and when it comes to my garden I’m quite keen on the notion of eating it, as well as breathing it in on spring mornings and gazing wistfully at it through the window on winter Sundays.
And so I have begun with some veg, herbs, roses, and plenty of fruit trees - the latter of which I’m attempting to espalier (#noob here). To espalier, I have a pear, a fig, a wisteria, and a plum - yum (right?).
Here’s an apple I considered, before choosing a pear and progressing from nursery to my garden.
I’ve had a helping hand with two years of trained growth at the nursery, so it isn’t a huge challenge…
Before you ask, yes, I bought one of those pads you kneel on; I am 50.
And here it is in situ flanked by its armed guard of two rose trees.
Next up, the bed into which my wisteria and plum have gone… a little before for you:
And the Wisteria before:
and after in situ - well grown… easy innit.
This is a little climbing thing - though think I went a bit overboard with the training wires. It’s a bit naff in retrospect I think.
This is the dark bed - no direct sunlight and a rather unfortunately positioned manhole (unavoidable unfortunately), decently covered with a huge terracotta pot from my parent’s old house. Plan… find something that will grow here and cover up that manhole.
And the result, so far…
I’ve had to pluck out one plant that didn’t take, and have moved it to a sunnier spot. Mum’s advising on what ‘will’ take to this spot. Want to cover up the wall with lush greenery.
And so here’s the more general before:
That big bushy plant in the middle is some potatoes I planted after they sprouted in my cupboard. May need to thin them out a tad soon - they’re gobbling all the light and water from the other plants.
I’ll leave you with two of my favourite things
1. Soon-to-be Wild Strawberries:
2. Rosemary in a Victorian drainpipe hopper I found in the garden when I moved in, next to my soon to be epic automatic leaky hose watering system. Amazing.
Thank you Mum for the driving and all the advice! :)
How long is a piece of string again?
I want 2 or 3 lovely matchy timber chopping boards that have some sort of hanging solution integrated (so that I can free up the drawer they’re currently occupying).
Other than that, my only requisite is that they’re not bulky and heavy - I’ve never been a fan of butchers block style ones that tend to bend your wrist off when you want to pour your neatly chopped goodies into the pan.
After a not insignificant browse, I’m currently perusing the below…
Sagaform - £22
(32.5 cm diam)
(43 x 24cm)
Garden Trading co - £37.50
(40 x 30cm)
Maple Cutting Board 1.4 - $88
(43 x 20cm)
And Ferm living Cutting Board: £24-£53
Hmm…. thinking Sagaform…