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A day in the garden


Today we’ve spent the whole day in the garden, which has been so lovely! The weather was sunny but not too hot, which meant that we could tackle some of the jobs that we’ve been meaning to do for ages. This involved a lot of digging! The first job was digging up the strawberry patch, which had pretty much been overrun by weeds as you can see:


The plants had also spread out quite a lot, so some of them were growing in the lawn! Having cleared all the plants I was really pleased to find that our peonies have survived the winter – they are quite difficult to grow but they are in quite a sheltered corner. I’m really looking forward to seeing them bloom this year – hopefully I’ll be able to get a photo!


This year, we’re trying to keep the strawberries a little more contained, so we made a little area for them using this willow edging – it looks a little bit like an Anglo Saxon settlement, but I’m hoping it will stop them spreading too much! It will also help to keep snails at bay, so fingers crossed…


After lunch we carried on digging in order to get rid of more weeds! We cleared the raised beds ready for planting and tidied up around them. This is what they looked like before and half way through:


Once cleared, we planted some veg – carrots, spring onions, courgettes, rocket and spinach. All of these things seem to grow well in our garden, and we’re hoping that they’ll do even better with these raised bed covers that let light, air and water in and keep everything else out! The woodchips around the edge should help us to keep control of the weeds.



The final job was to plant some potatoes in pots – we’ve gone for Charlottes because you can pretty much do anything with them and they’re easy to grow! As they grow we’ll keep covering them with soil until they reach the top of the pots.


I did have a little incident whilst gardening today – I stood on a rake and it hit me in the face! It was just like in a cartoon and it really hurt…my eye socket is rather sore now! So to make myself feel better I took these lovely photos – I can’t remember the exact name of the ones on the right hand side but I’ll look them up and let you know when I next do a gardening post.


Hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

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  1. dariolina on April 21, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Hope your face is ok!! Good work team CT!

    • Clare on April 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Thank you! I’m surprised that I haven’t got a massive bruise this morning – it’s a little bit red and still really sore though. What a numpty!

  2. teddyandtottie on April 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    You’ve inspired me to find a whole day to spend in my garden! You’ve done so much work! The covers for your veggie plots are a great idea – I’ll be searching for those at our local hardware shop! Hope your face feels better – I’m forever tripping backwards over rocks etc. in the garden – perhaps we are so “in the moment” when gardening that our “caution sensors” aren’t as sharp as usual!!

    • Clare on April 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I’m glad that I’ve inspired you to do the same – it was very theraputic despite the incident (I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only clumsy person in the garden though!). Tom feels bad about the whole thing because he left the rake propped up against the wall…oops!The covers are from Haxnicks and we bought the complete raised bed system with the micromesh covers (my Mum and Dad recommended them – the micromesh ones are sturdier than the polythene ones apparently). Do you grow lots of veg too?

  3. Boomdeeadda on April 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    It all looks gorgeous. Loving the hits of purple and yellow together. We’re a month away from any gardening so it’s nice to have a spot to wander thru, even if it is virtual. Gosh, hope you won’t get a black eye, you can always say “you should see the other guy” 😀 I’d imagine is was a wee bit more funny in the cartoons.

    • Clare on April 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 Now that a few days have passed (and it doesn’t hurt so much) I can actually laugh at it – this will be one story I’ll be telling for years I think! When I told my Mum what happened she said “that’s how your Dad’s Mum lost her eye!” which freaked me out a bit, so I think I got off lightly…

  4. Alex Albans on April 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Great to have another garden enthusiast in the family. I’m pretty sure those flowers are Primula Denticula. They’re one of my favorites – remind me of my parent’s garden when I was a child… and now we’ve got them in our garden too!

    • Clare on April 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, Alex – I’ve been meaning to look them up! They’ve done really well this year despite the weather. Hope you are all well!

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