I'm so busy this month in the garden, I have so much I want to get done!
I've been planting seeds all over the place, down the side garden I've planted Californian poppy, crimson clover and vetch seeds around my apple tree. Clover and vetch are used as green manures, their roots help the soil structure and fix nitrogen, I'm hoping by planting them here I can improve the soil a little, it's really poor in this bed. I've also planted a little clematis up the fence at the back.
Lots of raspberry suckers have popped up this spring. I'm really happy about that, because yey, I get free plants and free food! Nothing else really grows very happily here, apart from weeds and Mediterranean herbs, so if the raspberries want to take over that's fine by me!
I made a cute little washing up bowl pond this month. This is recommended by the RSPB as a good way to attract wildlife into your garden. Mum gave me a bucket o' pond weed and frogspawn from her pond so I'm really hoping I get some frogs!
I decided it was high time I cleaned out my greenhouse, it's all shiny now. And I've planted a LOT of seeds (see here for a list of everything I'm planting). That packet of mixed perennials cost about 70p on sale last year, I can't wait to see what grows from it!
I've been seed starting in cut down loo rolls and egg boxes, and propagating in our conservatory. I'm starting the seeds in there, then moving them to the greenhouse once they've grown on a bit.
Look at the buds on these blueberries - can't wait! 'Scuse the weeds.
Joe's been working hard on the hedge at the back of the garden. He's trimmed a lot off the height, the only problem is it's quite thin now and people walking down the alley keep noseying in our garden!
The next job is to dig away some of that bank of soil at the base of the hedge and reclaim the garden! The soil there comes out several feet and we're going to have to put that soil somewhere, soooo... I bought a couple of raised beds. They're phase one of our project to get rid of the (horrible, patchy, weedy, bumpy) lawn. I've only put one together so far, but there's another exactly the same. We're going to fill them with soil and plant them up, then start mulching and planting over the lawn. Until it's all gone. Buh-bye lawn.
It's looking very 'work in progress' right now. I must finish painting the fence before summer kicks in and there's too many plants to get through. I've got to get rid of that table too, it's been in the middle of the garden for ever, can you tell I'm not quite sure what to do with it!
How's your garden this month?