If you follow me on Snapchat (add me: GemmaO_TBF) then you may have seen that I recently brought home a Broccoli plant which one of my work colleagues grew with the preschool children but was sitting there looking a bit sorry for itself. So I brought it home, replanted it and it became the latest addition to my decking plant collection. If you’ve read my post from a few weeks ago called ‘A Note On Gardening From A Novice‘ then you’ll know as a newbie gardener I still have a lot to learn, but as someone who loves fresh food I’ve been growing a few herbs and veggies in pots on our decking, more as an experiment and a learning curve than anything, but today I thought I’d share a few updates in that department…
Plant revivals: The Thyme has come back in full force since my complaint that it had pretty much died. I ended up replanting it in a different pot with a few other plants/herbs and since then it’s come on leaps and bounds. That said, if you cast your mind back to the end of June/beginning of July we had a different story weather wise and I have a feeling there may have been a touch too much rain and not enough drainage for this herb previously. The Parsley has been replanted in the same pot and although still early days, it seems to be doing better too.
Slug repellent: Slugs are the bane of my life, who knew that they could be this much trouble? After trying my dads recommendation of popping beer in a container and putting that near my plants in the hopes that they’d be attracted to it and not be able to climb back out but it sadly failing (this may be my fault, perhaps my containers were too small!?). I’ve opted for another method, using an unsightly but seemingly effective natural slug repellent – crushed up eggshells. The idea is that the slugs will be deterred from going into the pots as they’re not a fan of bumpy ground, and it’s working! Perhaps at some point I’ll change the eggshells to decorative stones, but for now the eggshells are getting a big thumbs up from me!
New additions: I’ve already mentioned my Broccoli plant, but I also thought I’d mention that after being inspired by a friend at work who has an allotment to grow fruit and vegetables on, I picked up a strawberry plant. It’s only a small little thing, but I’ve had it about a week now and I’ve already noticed that it’s been sprouting more leaves and growing. Exciting times eh?
Garden progress: Last weekend I marked out where our fire pit and slate area will be. I’m hoping that within the next month we can make more progress with our driveway (we’re still waiting for the council to give us a date that they’ll be doing our drop curb and then we can move the slate from the drive to the back garden and re-do the rest of the driveway and back garden at the same time more or less).
I hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunshine, let’s hope the sun is here to stay this time!