It's time for my annual what-are-you-growing-in-your-garden blogpost!
I've been a bit slow in getting started this year, mainly because I'm going on holiday during the summer and I don't want everything becoming ready when we're away so I am trying to stagger it so that more is ready towards the end of summer. This may not be entirely successful, time will tell!
A couple of weeks ago I planted five new fruit trees - I'm trying to create a bit of an orchard. That sounds very grand doesn't it? I promise you it's not! We've got fruit trees scattered all over the place - the driveway has cherry trees and we've got a couple of Bramley apple trees knocking about. The area I am planning my "orchard" already has a plum and a pear tree down there, along with raspberry and gooseberry bushes and now I have just added apricot, greengage, Braeburn, plum and cherry.
They don't look like much do they? The plan is to add a couple of new trees every year. I am pleased to report they seem to be taking well and are all growing green leaves and a couple of them even have blossom on. The Braeburn apple tree has the most gorgeous fuschia pink buds at the moment.
Aside from the trees I will also be filling up my raised beds with veggies again. This year I am doing the usual peas, carrots and radish but I am also trying rocket, french beans, lettuce, mini cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, beetroot and some salad potatoes! Last year the majority of what I planted was successful, especially the spinach so I am hoping that I will have similar results this year.
We'll also be planting about eight pumpkin plants in our specially designated "pumpkin patch" as my children love growing pumpkins. Nobody likes eating them which is a terrible shame isn't it? I can't even bear the smell. We grow them purely for Halloween and last year they grew really well.
Carving these babies took literally hours of my life and left me with a bad arm for days!
I've decided not to grow any flowers this year as to be honest I found it a bit of a chore, so this year I will be buying the flowers and repotting them into tubs and baskets.
I'll be planting the seeds over the Easter weekend and I'll report back with an update very soon. Are you planning to grow any veggies this year? Let me know your garden plans!
Mrs M x
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