One of my general goals in life is to eat more fruit and vegetables. Now that we have Jake in our life we are actually doing much better as we always have plenty of fruit and veg in for him to eat on a daily basis, and wanting to lead by example we are also eating much healthier ourselves. However it does cost a lot of money to keep your household fully stocked with fresh produce, especially if you want to have variety. Hence my great idea to grow our own strawberries!
As I have previously posted, I am not a gardener. So these plants may or may not work, but I think it is at least worth trying to grow something of my own. So I got a couple of trough flower pots, filled with compost and planted six strawberry plants, and so far I’m doing quite well at remembering to water them. I’ll keep you updated as to if any survive!
To be upfront and honest from the get go, I have little to no knowledge of gardening, we’ve never really had more then patches of grass and a couple of dying shrubs in pots in any of our previous gardens – and we struggled with that much responsibility.
Our current house which we moved into at the end of January has a lovely well planted and well maintained garden. It really doesn’t require any work doing to it except some pots to brighten up the patio area. So the only task at hand really is to not ruin what we already have, which may be easier said then done in our house! I’ve no idea what any of the plants are or what is required for their upkeep. But I’m going to give you a little garden tour as to what I have to contend with…..
Starting with my absolute favourite plant in the whole garden is this amazing tree that has branches that have grown all along the side fence and has the most lovely purple flowers that are currently in bloom. You can see why I really want to keep this alive and happy!
In the back right hand corner of the garden is a concrete shed foundation, which as we don’t have a shed is home to some pots and the chiminea. I love how the purple tree hangs over the chiminea. I’ve no idea what are in the pots, but at least I’m watering them!
The lawn, which is raised, has well established boarders which a whole host of plants and shrubs, all of which I know nothing about, it sort of also has a bit or a “wild flower” feel to it with some of the flowers that are springing up, so far I haven’t done anything to maintain any of these boarders so I’m hoping a lot of these plants are self sufficient.
Now that the evenings are lighter and warmer, I’m really enjoying going out into the garden. It gives me some much need quiet time with my own thoughts and I’m finding it really calming and enjoyable. All I’m doing at the moment is watering the plants and mowing the lawn (a job a have taken from Jamie so I can spend more time in the garden) But I’ll happily do more, weeding, pruning etc. once I figure out exactly what needs to be done. As ever I’ll keep you updated, please cross your fingers that nothing dies!