On a regular wander around the garden centre a week or so back, I spotted they were selling off the wooden crates that the spring bulbs had been delivered in. At just a couple of quid I saw the potential to make an original, quirky planter, so I whipped one off the shelf and scurried off home with it.
Not wanting to paint over the words printed on the side, I sprayed the whole thing with teak oil to protect the wood, and rummaged around in the shed for an empty compost bag. I then lined the crate with the bag, stapling securely and trimming off any excess polythene. A couple of holes were then poked in the bottom for drainage, next in went a layer of stone chippings, then last of all up to the top with compost.
Now for the fun bit…
Off I went to our local hardware store in search of herbs. I picked up a healthy-looking thyme plant and a rosemary. I already had some chives and parsley in a pot at home, and in no ‘thyme’ (sorry!) at all, my plants were all a-planted and – in my opinion – I have a unique little addition to my patio.
Looking around, with a bit of imagination, there are all sorts of everyday items that could be cunningly converted to grow plants in. Last year I recycled a couple of old pallets, painted and lined them, and they are now home to violas and pansys.
A pair of old boots would make an ideal plant pot for strawberries and an old sink could quickly become a miniature alpine garden. The possibilities are endless!
Elsewhere in the garden, I bring good tidings. The plants in the mini greenhouse have all popped up, and as soon as the last risk of frost is over, I’ll have sweet peas, French beans and cherry tomatoes to plant out: it really does feel now as though summer is just around the corner. And I for one, can hardly wait.
Not only do I have seedlings popping up all over the place, the big announcement of the week is…
I have grass.
Yes, you heard correctly. It’s hardly conceivable that after peering out for so long at my patchy bit of lawn, the grass seedlings I chucked down a while back have FINALLY begun to sprout, and although still sparse, If you squint a bit the whole garden looks lush and green. So I have high hopes indeed. Once the lawn is well established, I’ll then be able to work on the shape of the garden, and chop some lines into the borders.
For a fairly new garden, it’s all coming along marvellously.