Saturday, February 02, 2008

Glimmers of green

January has come and gone and the garden still looks decidedly bare and empty. I can't wait to get sowing seed and filling up the new larger border at the back of the garden.

I also have plans to make the garden look a little less like a building site (in the 18 months we have lived here the garden sadly hasn't had very much TLC and we are still living with dull, cracked concrete and bare fence panels - these will hopefully be soften though with new fern screening, blue slate chippings to cover the concrete and homemade timber troughs painted in bright, cheerful colours to help liven up our very shady side return.)

There are a few glimmers of green in the veggie garden however, so I thought I'd share these with you...

Shallots (under the mesh) and leeks in one of the raised beds - a few ornamental bulb shoots appearing in the front container and my small herb pot of Lemon Balm which has survived the winter...

Remaining kale still in the ground


...and a handful of snowdrops in what will be the wildlife garden

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just looked at the picture of your shallots under a mesh. Is it handy keeping squirrels out? I was thinking of doing something similar, but don't know if it will actually work. Mean little critters, they are.

Kim said...

I covered my shallots with wire mesh most of the time that they were in the ground last year and none were pulled up by squirrels so I'd say it is pretty effective.

They did keep pulling up my garlic last year which I was growing in a pot...

I also use mesh over bare patches of empty soil to stop the local cats from using it as a litter tray...

Unknown said...

Hiya, nice to see greens still in the ground isn't it! I've got purple sprouting on the verge of being ready, carrots that have almost given up the ghost and chives which are just starting to re-emerge!