Urban Gardening :: Our summer of gardening projects

Giant Sunflower

  Autumn is here and as my favourite season starts, the plants finish blossoming and the tasks to complete in the garden slow down, I wanted to look back and share with you our summer of projects in our small urban garden. Earlier in the year I decided that it was the year to make our outdoor space more productive and for the space we have to to look better so we would spend more time outside in it. It felt like a specialย way for me to personally link to my word of the year, Thrive, and to allow our urban […]

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Capturing Autumn

Making time to pick up my camera and capture nature’s details is one of my favourite things to do. Autumn is such a wonderful time to capture the colours changing, to discover details in plants I’ve never spotted before and to document the changing landscape of plants around me. Taking photos of plants is a way that I can express my creativity, to escape from what I am doing day to day, and for me it is a meditative activity that enables me to connect to nature and to appreciate the details.ย Over the past few weeks I’ve captured the colours and […]

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In our garden :: April

Ooh at last the sun is out, the warmth of spring has arrived and it’s time to get back out into the garden. With the draw of the wonderfully sunny warm weather last weekend my mind has been dreaming of what our garden will produce this year. Last summer we bought a greenhouse and this is my first time I’ve had to make the most of it during spring. A few weeks ago I spent a Sunday afternoon weeding our garden, preparing the raised beds, tidying our greenhouse and setting up our garden space for a season of planting. One hour […]

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September and October in our garden

  We have had a glorious end to the summer with both the end of September and start of October experiencing sunny skies and a final touch of warmth last week. I’m wasn’t too sure how much longer the weather would last so this weekend I headed out into the garden to see how things were looking. I’m glad I did as the weather has turned to rain and windy today. I realised that it has been a while since I updated you on our garden and what things have been growing. I feel very lucky to have the garden and […]

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We have a greenhouse!

  After a few months of pondering and saving we have at last bought a greenhouse! It’s been a while waiting (since April) but we took the plunge and ordered one. It arrived at the end of last week and Mr C and I spent Saturday building it. I have chosen a Palram Harmony polycarbonate greenhouse, measuring 6ft by 6ft. It took some time to decide whether to have glass or polycarbonate but eventually we decided that polycarbonate would be the best option for us. On Saturday morning I opened up the boxes, finding the 52 page instruction manual and then […]

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July in our garden

  It’s been a busy month for our garden with lots of change happening each week. I’m loving being able to spend a few hours each weekend in our garden, pottering and tinkering with our space. It’s starting to feel like a little haven that I’m gradually shaping into a garden that I love. In the garden this month…

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Urban gardening – Creating a doorstep container

  Over the past month or so I’ve been gradually planting up pots, moving plants and transforming our garden spaces. The weather has been amazing and I’m at long last experiencing what it is like to garden with light and heat! In our previous home we had a courtyard garden that was quite shady however we now have a front and back garden space to tend to, I’m trying to be much better with watering than I have ever been as in the warm weather everything drys out so quickly. I thought it would be a good time to tell you […]

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April in our urban garden

At times our garden feels pretty bare, we’re in a stage where we are clearing space for new plants and a new garden design whilst trying to spot what plants are part of the garden we have inherited. I hope to be able to keep as much of the current planting as I can moving forwards and just add to it. Here are a few of the plants currently making an appearance in our space. Bright yellow crocus making an appearance…

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Garden plans – How we will use our urban garden

Last week was National Gardening Week and for me it meant spending time with a few new books and working out a few more things in our garden. I thought I’d tell you about our garden and the plans we have started to make for our space. With the weather warming my attention has once again become focused on our garden. For us our garden space is perfectly sized for us and what we want to do at this point in our lives. Mr C and I work full-time and so we wanted a space that meant we could give it […]

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Getting outside in our garden

It’s March already! Where did February go? For me it went by in a bit of a blur, with busy times at work surrounding a fortnight of being unwell with a flu-like virus. It’s been month of trying to catch up on tasks. I’m pleased to say I’m almost back on top form, I’m still feeling a little tired at times but at last I really do feel like myself again. Woo hoo, I’m back! With the return of my energy and a clear head, I have felt a renewed enthusiasm and desire to make a start on a few key […]

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