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Back in March our garden was a disaster zone and I pledged to use the change of seasons to slash, hack and rip out the mess and begin again. I called it Project Green Phoenix. For three days (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) I toiled hard. Then my holidays were unexpectedly interrupted by some last minute stuff for uni (I swear, writing a PhD thesis is the easy part. The real test begins after you get your examiners reports back and you decide you’d like to graduate). Also, I’d ordered a lot of my autumn plants from the Diggers Club and was waiting for them to turn up. So the garden was put on hold for a few weeks.
Finally, with my plants and seeds ready to go and Good Friday before me, I got to work. I picked the last of the tomatoes, then ripped out the dying bushes, dug over and fertilised the soil and put in three varieties of garlic. They didn’t take up as much space as I’d thought, so I may plant up some more onion varieties as a bonus.
I’ve never been very good at caring for the soil, but this year I’m Making An Effort and have put down pea straw, which is apparently the best stuff to use as it helps keep the soil warm and moist, but isn’t too dense.
A friend kindly donated some old pots she wasn’t using, so I’ve painted these up to match the ones I painted last month and planted a few varieties of primulas (gold lace and red hot pokers) and some billy button seeds (no idea how the billy buttons will go, but they’re so pretty I had to try) to add a little colour to the front garden. I’ve also got a few varieties of poppy seeds, which I’m going to plant up with more billy buttons and blue love-in-a-mist in the empty front beds to create a bit of a cottage garden feel for spring.
There’s still a bit of tidying to be done (my God, the lawn grows like a mad thing this time of year), but I’m just about set for the winter and everything’s looking a damn sight better than it was a month ago.