Soon we’ll be planning what we want to do in the garden this year. High on my list will be container-grown veg – I have our three old recycling crates and plan to use one for lettuce, one for carrots and one for potatoes. I also want to be a bit more organised about the potato planting, as I’ll have three containers for them, so will try to plant at staggered intervals so they’re not all being harvested at the same time.
Otherwise there might have to be some reorganising and maintenance. The fence on one side has suffered in the winter weather but unfortunately it’s not “our” fence, it’s the responsibility of our neighbour, and he is always reluctant to do any maintenance or repairs. So I suspect we will have to patch or tie up loose sections as best we can. Much of it is covered with ivy or Virginia creeper in any case so that helps to keep it from collapsing completely.
The front garden seems to be full of things that have got enormous and need cutting back, while the back has taken longer for big things to get established, but we are getting there. The sambucus, forsythia and witch hazel are all getting bigger and once they put out flowers and/or foliage they look much more impressive. A lot of tidying is needed everywhere, though.
I took a few photos this morning as there are dots of colour here and there, and plenty of things with buds looking promising. Photo quality is a little variable, taken on my phone rather than with the “proper” camera.
And things with buds on, for which I can only hope the frosts don’t get them:
Happy New Year!