Ive been spending a spot of time in my garden recently, mainly weeding! So I thought I just share some photos of our very new garden. We moved into our new house in April, and it being in rural Cambridgeshire and a new build, our soil is utterly terrible, like solid potters clay (sorry if you normally read my blog for makeup stuff! I’m aware this post is slightly off the wall – stick with it!). Anyhow we dug out a huge border at the bottom of the garden, which took about two weeks due to the builders rubble and crud soil! We dug everything you can possibly imagine out of this border!
I ordered plants from online nurseries or grew everything from seed. Most of the plants that came from nurseries were bare root plants, so babies that are only just starting to look half way to decent a few months after planting!
Wildlife! We’ve got lots of wildlife friendly plants I’m really pleased to say, so along with feeding the starlings that arrive in the colder weather, we’ve managed to attract lots of butterflies, honey bees and very excitingly a baby frog!
Weve also planted a mini orchard! This consists of precisely three fruit trees! So very mini! We are going to get a couple more cherry trees nearer October / November! Unbeliveably for such young trees our apples are already on the way, these are eating apples so at worst there will be lots of pies come the end of August! Or the birds will get lucky!
I love having a garden that looks half way to decent! We are quite new to gardening and have made some mistakes, including what now is a half dead cherry tree! It’s extremely therapeutic having a little potter around, planting something new, seeing your hard work pay off and even pulling up some pesky weeds! A garden is a great place to sit and write your blog posts. The health benefits of a little light gardening are also quite staggering, there is lots of research underway about gardening as a support aid to lessening the symptoms of mental health illnesses, and as a preferred ‘prescription’ from GPs rather than medicating people. Even taking care of a little window box full of herbs somewhere in the city will have benefits, alongside having your own fresh produce to eat!