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January 9, 2010

2010: a gardening odyssey

Filed under: Gardening Year 2 — by leafyleith @ 6:35 pm
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I’ve been in hibernation for some time now, but I thought a review of my first year of gardening might jog my memory for moving things on in 2010.

Things I learned:

  1. You don’t need to adhere to the seed packet instructions too much when it comes to measurements, but DO leave at least a hoe’s width between rows just so you can keep the weeds down and not break your back in the process. I didn’t do this and wish I had
  2. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your sowing… you don’t need to sow the full seed packet in one go
  3. Successional planting is the key, so that everything isn’t ready at the same time
  4. Don’t believe the weather forecasters if they tell you it’s going to rain. I went off on holiday for a week after being promised rainfall, and came back to a withered up mess. If you are going away for a prolonged period, ask some kindly person to check on your plants
  5. And finally, don’t think people are weird just because they’re not interested in gardening and plants. Well you can think it, but probably best just to keep it to yourself

So that was Gardening Year One. Roll on Gardening Year Two. It’s going to be a busy year.

So far, I’ve got some seed catalogues to flick through, plans for a raised bed (and hopefully some ‘volunteers’ to cart the soil for it through the house), some new pots to fill and some dead delphiniums to try and revive.

Oh and while the weather is so chilly, I’ve been trying to help out Blackbird and Robin with some suet coconut shells, meal-worms and a delicious selection of seeds. Don’t forget our feathered friends during these temperature challenged times.

3 Comments »

  1. I look forward to another year of witticisms and handy gardening hints, roll on the spring and some garden centre wanderings!

    Comment by Despina — January 11, 2010 @ 10:35 am |Reply

  2. Great photo, nice summary, Poisson. Personally I can’t get too excited about planting just yet, although I did have a peek inside my polytunnel today and saw a few little garlic and onion shoots cheerfully popping through the soil. Good sign! Are we still doing a seed exchange this year?

    Comment by irene — January 17, 2010 @ 9:26 pm |Reply

  3. Wonderful blog! I’m starting an allotment this year, and I’ll keep an eye on your blog for good advice.

    (Linked in from http://northernwindowgardener.wordpress.com)
    Good luck!
    Theresa

    Comment by surfingearthling — April 9, 2010 @ 10:47 pm |Reply


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