I bought two big teracotta pots from Ikea for either side of the front door, and Joe put some trellis up for the clematis montana to grow up. I put a kale plant in each side, and planted red spring onion seeds in one pot and purple spring onions in the other. There's a nasturtium in there too. I'm quite pleased with my edible and decorative front door planters! Even though I have to go out and flick caterpillar eggs off the kale every day!
This little robin is so cute and such a good little companion in the garden. His baby robin has been hopping around too, but is too shy for photos!
I've been emptying some pots of used soil left by the previous owners of the house. I've been putting the soil into my compost bin, so any insects or microbes in the soil can give my compost a head start. I found this ENORMOUS worm! I don't think the photo shows his true size, he was at least a foot long!
I made some weed tea to fertilise my garden, as it was looking sad and things were growing sooo slowly. Pick some weeds and put them in a bucket with some water and leave to infuse for a few days. It stinks, like manure! But I think it actually worked!
My sunflower flowered!
Everything seems to be growing a lot better this month!
We decided to cut down the big old lilac tree at the end of the garden, as several big branches were rubbing on the roof of next doors garage and looked likely to cause damage.
You can see it in this before photo, at the very back of the garden, next to the shed.
In progress! Joe did sawing and I did telling him what to do!
After! It looks so sad at the moment, but there are new shoots coming round the base. We're hoping it survives it's extreme haircut and we'll keep it under control as a bush from now on!
We're working on the front garden too. This is a before photo for posterity. I'm focusing on pulling all the weeds up from the gravel this year. I may be some time! Because the drive is so big, our long term plan is to make the beds bigger and plant a cherry tree in the front garden.
How do you gardens grow this month?