The 2011 growing season for the garden has started – on the windowsill
So 2011’s garden is well underway.
Back two rows are Aubergine ‘Black Beauty’, middle 4 rows are Marigold ‘Boy O’ Boy Orange (French)’ – these should discourage black/greenfly that feasted on the veg last year, and in the foreground are Sweet Pea ‘Cupani’ – a bright, climbing and very fragrant variety which should help bring in the bees and other bugs. They’re about 5 inches tall now and need to start going outside a bit to harden them up a bit before going outside full-time.
Lots more to plant, or already underway including Antirrhinum ‘Chuckles’ (again for the bees), and Courgettes, Rocket, French Beans, Peas.
Perhaps this year the Strawberries will have established enough to provide fruit?
This year I am aiming at trying to encourage more bees and other insects into the garden. I seem to have no problem attracting woodlice, aphids and blackfly into the garden last year, so I aim to plant more bee friendly plants in a bid to help their plight. I’d also like to see more ladybirds in the garden too, particularly to help keep that aphid colony down.
2010: A look back at Year One of my tiny new garden.
Having only moved into my house in October 2009, this made 2010 my first full season of having a garden.
Okay, so that garden was mainly concrete, with just a small 2.5ft wide border running along my neighbour’s house, predominantly in the shade, and a complete wind trap and open to a road, but this tiny patch of garden space was highly productive.