Bashful Basil
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Bashful Basil

  Basil and I have a love-hate relationship. The herb I mean.  I love it but I kill it with worrying frequency, and it hates to grow beyond about a centimetre for me. Despite my...

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daffodils on windowsill, yellow petals with orange corona
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Wet weather cheer

Spring bulbs. I love ‘em. Mostly because they are so EASY! Someone else has planted them. I do nothing, then they appear, like little heralds of spring, in all their sweet, colourful glory. I don’t...

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

What to do, what to do

But I LOVE fresh carrots (a lot like Peter Rabbit in that regard) so I think I will try again, but what to change? I might set aside a small piece of veggie patch for the carrots, under no illusions that it will probably get decimated unless I can convince my husband to fortify it – I’m thinking a mini equivalent to Fort Knox. Those rabbits are wiley.

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

Fawlty flowers

I love to cook. With fresh ingredients, making things from scratch. This is why I have designed a herb stand in my kitchen, filled with growing, fresh herbs I can use for my recipes, coupled with the sturdier perennials grown in pots by the back door. Marjoram, parsley, coriander all flourishing but BASIL

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trusted variety, favourite with children in lunch boxes, reliable for amateur growers in back gardens, mid sized cherry tomato Gardener's Delight
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Novice Gardener's Delight

Tomato plants have a really distinct smell. There is something inordinately pleasing and earthy and, well, fresh about the smell you get if you gently rub your hand on the leaves of a tomato plant.

So, this year I am trying my hand at growing my own.I went cheap-skate and bought three sad, half dead baby plants from the local garden centre to see if I could rescue them. The ‘Gardener’s delight’ is doing well!

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

Calm before the storm

So, I decided to invest in a temporary measure – a plastic greenhouse. There are plenty out there, with many different sizes and structures, but I went for one closest to what an actual greenhouse would be like; a few metres square with a sloped roof. It came with shelving and was perfect for the few bits I wanted to do to ensure a longer growing season.

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Spring bulbs
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Spring bulbs

I have come to the conclusion that spring bulbs are my favourite part as a novice gardener. Mostly because to get a sea of yellow or blue, I don’t actually have to, well, garden!

I have always been a fan of daffodils, blue bells and snow drops. They are the sign that the miserable grey skies of winter are going to lessen, leading the way for the… slightly less grey skies of spring (the joys of living in Wales…).

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

In the deep mid-winter

But I have decided to put a brave face on, and go and tackle the many areas of my garden that need cutting back, pruning, weeding or just generally digging up and burning. It is hard, physical work, and my chocolate-filled body is not really up for such a workout, but it is cheaper (and less embarrassing) than the gym. I’ve also decided to look at it like I’m scrubbing the kitchen or bathroom. It’s dirty, icky, and you know that no one will notice the fact that you’ve scrubbed out the bottom of the pan drawer, but somehow, it makes you feel better. Cleansed. Without having to start drinking weird shakes with kale in them. (why? Just why?)

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