I started writing this blog as a diary of transformation of my garden. See my first post from May 2013 and this photo of how it was-
This year I have managed to put some effort into the garden which is what you will see below. Many of the pots were got from street, some from charity shops, some given- only one was bought. Most of the plants were either grown from seeds, rescued from somewhere or given and a few were bought as ‘baby plants’. I have used wooden pallets found on the streets, tyres, home made compost and bits of furniture to create a container garden. I love the fact that not everything grows all at once- there is always a new surprise all year, especially summer. There is a bit of everything- things to eat- herbs, salads, tomatoes, potatoes; things to look at- ornamental cultivars; and wild things- nettles, wildflowers, dandelions- all of which I use for cooking or decorating. Someone once said that they spend about one hour each day, on the garden and from this experience, I concur. A lot of the work is upkeep, rather than simply planting. Again, I think, container gardening is harder than conventional gardening- the amount of moisture in the soil, the nutrients and the placement of pots are very important and take planning and time.