Make notes…

Something I wish I had started doing as soon as I purchased my first plants and bulbs was to write them down.

As someone who is learning about plants as I go along, I have only now realised how valuable it is to make notes the whole time. I stupidly planted out bulbs last autumn and potted up plants – with no reference to the date I did so or even the types of bulbs or plants I buried in the soil. Rookie Mistake!

I now have shoots popping up in the flower beds, and I honestly couldn’t tell if they are weeds or not. Having no knowledge of what i’ve planted, I have no reference to check what to pull up and what to leave. I have veggies sown from seed and I cant remember the type I bought or when I should expect them to be ready… Bloody nightmare!

Last week however, I finally purchased a small note book (although you could keep your notes on a computer or tablet) and started listing the full names of seeds/bulbs/plants I have in my garden & allotment, date planted, in pots or direct in the ground, when they first showed shoots, when I topped up the compost & when they should be ready to harvest (veggies) or cut if decorative flowers. Literally everything I think might be useful.

My newly updated, cheap and cheerful (85p from the post office) notebook will give me a good place to start next year when it comes to growing again. I can see what worked and what didn’t, what to expect, tips I tried this year that improved the process… See – invaluable!

It doesn’t matter if you scribble it down in a book or type it up neatly, what order you write it or anything. So long as it’s coherent enough that it makes sense next time you read it, thats all that counts!

Super handy tip, from one novice gardener to another! You’re welcome!

Amy x

Where did we start…

Although we moved into our new home and inherited our ‘Yarden’ a few months ago now, we have only now started to think about how we want it to look and feel. With the house screaming out for attention, the garden was left to do it’s own thing for a long time, but the New Year has given us a kick up the backside to get cracking on our valuable outdoor space.

Back in the autumn however, we did spend a couple of hours at my new favourite place, Brackenwood Garden Centre, which is just down the road from us. Somewhere in between Ashton court and Pill/Ham Green. It is a cute little family ran garden centre with all kinds of plants for any garden, but my favourites by far were the ferns.

We purchased a couple of bits, including this beautiful little fern (Dicksonia antarctica) to help spruce up our sorry looking garden. It wasn’t until I had planted it up I realised it was actually a tree fern. Which can grow up to 6m in the right conditions… Not quite what I had in mind, and my first gardening mistake.

Skip forward to now, it looks like being uncovered over winter hasn’t done it any good, as expected, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven’t killed it. In the meantime, we will move onto fixing some of the bigger jobs in our yarden.

Amy x

 

Mini fact: 

Ferns grow well in shaded, sheltered and humid environments, so are great plants for a walled or shaded garden.

Where to buy:

Plants and planter bought from Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre

Meerkat figurine bought from Downham Home and Garden Store