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A random name for a blog yes, but this year is very random so far but with it a sense of organised chaos.  Having tried and failed to grow vegetables last year we decided this year to buy one of the cheap greenhouses.  We tried to source alternatives on the free and second hand sites first but when we were unable to find any we buckled and purchased it, after all growing season was upon us.  As we rent we plant in pots, plastic may not be the most eco of substances but we have new ones, second hand ones, cracked ones etc my new motto is if it holds earth, grow in it!  I am not the kind of person who really gives a monkeys if my pots match or are falling apart so they’ll last us a while 🙂  Anyway, moving on, I have been putting regular updates of our exploits with the garden, so looking back it’s moved on a lot, it’s only a pity I didn’t take a true before shot.  My photographs are quick and really to show what we do but eventually, when I’m not busy planting (should be nearly done) I will take some photographs to show off the real beauty of the garden, when it’s seen in small pieces lol 😉 

So yes, a lot more plants added today, both edibles and those for the bees of which there are many!!  I have to say sitting on the steps potting up this morning I watched several bees buzzing around our flowers, I’ve guided 4 out of the poly tunnel today and 1 out of the greenhouse.  They are certainly appreciative of the little block of pots of flowers we have.  I added some evergreens and winter plants so that we still have colour and interest all year round and some that provide berries for the birds.  To add to the Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Sorrel we now have Marjoram, Lovage and Salad Burnet.  Even though neither of us like Lavender we got an unusual variety to keep the birds happy.  We have planted some shrubs to provide hideaways for wildlife.  

Our neighbour has been helping her daughter a lot and her garden was overtaken again this year by brambles.  She said if we clear them we can use the garden, so we now have a poly tunnel!  A truly epic poly tunnel it is too.  I have transferred the main plants from the green house and put them into the poly tunnel leaving the greenhouse free for seedlings and a few remaining veggies and fruits.

I also have to share another wonderful feeling today, sat on a bag of compost, planting vegetables and having bees glide passed in the sunshine 🙂 it’s been a great day, hard work, but seeing oodles of bees around has made all the hard work worth it.  We wanted to do this for the wildlife and for us and we are achieving both.  I might turn into a gardening nut, although slightly different to the norm, I plant it and grow it and pay little attention to specifics, it seems to work for me.  I also don’t really do neat, I like nature doing her thing so it’s quite haphazard and I doubt I’ll ever weed!

Here are some photographs,  In a couple of them you can see the garden we are clearing with our poly tunnel in it 🙂

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With a polytunnel on the way to accompany the greenhouse the garden is springing to life.  We have planted more flowers to encourage the pollinators in as the wild flowers are taking their sweet time!  

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On the far right are peas, I’m not sure how these will do here but it’s worth a try, next to them in the green pot are two different types of Thyme, above them are some petunias, with the already established plants behind them, a snowball shrub and a rose with a primrose.  Coming back towards the front of the photograph there are some pansies, some lillies that I started from bulbs and then some gladioli also raised from bulbs and in the far left is some red bergamot. 

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A different view of the same corner, now showing some more Thyme, Pansies and on the tubs and chair, some more Pansies and Petunias. 

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Another view showing the tub of wild flowers in the battered trellis box and some more gladioli.  the flowers at the bottom in the long pots are violets.  There is another flower that I can’t remember the name of!!

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Our herb area with a couple of stray veggies, from the back left we have lemon balm and another seedling of lemon balm in front of it, to the back again, mint and then in the foreground we have oregano.  On the right are some rosemary and oregano seedlings, then some lettuce and spinach, then some Rocket, Underneath is some sage and a lonely carrot.  

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Here are some peas, with the pear tree to the left. 

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Down below the patio by the wall we have wildflowers and some randomly placed onions. 

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Our lovely blueberry bush on the left which is starting to flower and our raspberry bush on the right. 

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Some more wildflowers and onions. 

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This area is full of flowers for the bees and butterflies and herbs that they like, like Wild Flowers, Sorrel, Nasturtiums and Sneezewort.

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Further down, more flowers, my sweet peas are a bit worse for wear, the twig in the front will hopefully be a gooseberry bush eventually and the tree at the back is the plum, still not leaves but it’s not dead.  

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The roses and apple tree are doing really well.  

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These strawberry plants are not as big as the ones in the greenhouse but they are doing well, two pots and they have spread.  

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The greenhouse, these will be transferred to the poly tunnel, we have peppers, chilli plants, carrot, peas, runner beans, spinach, onions, spring onions, red onions, potatoes, beetroot, broad beans, strawberries and cucumbers in here as well as herbs.  

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A slightly different angle.

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The cherry tree with a lot of prospective cherries on it.  

As you can see I will plant and stick a pot wherever I can.  I didn’t show the sunflowers growing in a paper bag or the trough of potatoes yet.  I’m not experienced or even following the rules but I’m learning!