My last week’s trip to the east End resulted in visiting Labour and Wait, I went there with a strict shopping list and I stuck to it. It didn’t stop me from making a brand new wish list for my garden and home though.
The gardening is taking over all my free time. My kitchen is a proper nursery now with flowers, veggies and herbs growing like crazy. Every morning I take them outside to soak up the sun, water them, and in the evening they are back inside for the night.
It’s so satisfying to watch everything grow, especially from seeds, magic happens and some plants grow so fast you can see changes throughout the day.
Beans are the most exciting things ever, they grow so fast and are very pretty. Within a week you can have a healthy looking plant that’s ready to go into the ground. The above are borlotti beans, I have also broad beans, peas and dwarf beans.
Hubby is very busy building the fence so I started digging the ground myself – very satisfying. I prepared a couple of beds and the borlotti beans went in this weekend.
I really need to make a list of what’s been planted, I sow different things in each bed so the beans have Swiss chard, purple sprouting broccoli and rocket as neighbours. Corn is sharing with cavolo nero, mint and dill.
Peas are surrounded by onions, parsley and carrots.
And one of the most eclectic beds is a home to two varieties of radish, purple carrots, beetroots, parsnips and spinach. The labels came in handy as I am loosing track of things.
There is still so much work to do and so many plants to get. This week my three varieties of rhubarb are arriving, peonies look beyond happy – these two are my favorite things to grow. The back of the garden is getting cleared, there are some raspberry and blackberry bushes already there but I am planning to have gooseberries and currants too. I am also contemplating what trees to get, I can fit in a couple of smaller ones – perhaps plums or cherries and hazelnut.
Our kitchen has a staircase leading to the garden, it is an ideal ledge to grow herbs and geraniums. I have almost all the herbs going, I am missing lemon thyme, lemon verbena, basil and oregano (oregano is the only failure so far, I tried to grow it twice from seeds to no avail).
All this work is so enjoyable and relaxing, I cannot wait for the first crops.