Gardening For Beginners

This weekend the sun came out! So our family, along with (probably) every single other family in the country, put our summer clothes on, dragged the patio furniture out of retirement and made Pimms. We stopped short of a Barbecue – only just – but did the other sunny Sunday activity beloved of people with outside space and kids. Gardening.

I’ve literally never done any sort of gardening in my whole life. I’ve scoffed at people who enjoy gardening because, really, why would you enjoy it? But the thing is, ever since we moved to our new house I GET IT. I really get it. I had a lovely day digging over soil, pulling weeds, thinking about herbs and where I can buy a hammock online (ahhh garden relaxation), planting flowers. It was ace.

It helps that Elfie’s in her element outdoors. She’s always begging to go in the garden, loves to play hide-and-seek, kick a ball around, wear her wellies. She delights in the fresh air, goodness knows who she gets this from but it ain’t me.IMG_9382 IMG_9381 IMG_9378

She spent a while moving stones for me and getting mega excited at the sight of worms and ladybirds (“I LOVE WORMS MUMMY!!!”) before getting all industrious and taking her doll for a walk around the perimeter.

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I got to work (I have a gardening blister!!) on the beds and then I concentrated on the weeds, flowers and herbs.

This was the garden when we started.

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Now look! Transformed into a delightful patch of loveliness!



OK, OK, so it doesn’t look hugely different, but I’m sure it will when things start to blossom and bloom. I planted up some bulbs from some house flowers as well as some Sweet Williams and those blue ones you can see.  I also planted Thyme, Coriander and Rosemary in the sunnier part of the large bed with Mint and Sage arriving to join them later this week. It was brilliant!

I don’t know why I had such a great time in the garden. Maybe it was a combination of the peacefulness, being able to concentrate on such a physical task with a beginning and an end? My lovely helper definitely contributed of the enjoyment of it, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to get my hands blistered and dirty again.

And as for Hux? Well, he enjoyed some of the gardening. He spent the first two hours asleep and the last hour eating grass. A success for sure.

slugAs I’m a total novice at this – I have been Googling “How do you do Gardening?” – I’d love any recommendations for blogs or resources I can use with my garden this summer.





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  1. Amy wrote:

    This is the sweetest post ever. In that first picture, Elf looks like a ballerina!

    Posted 4.15.13 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      She’s a total doll!

      Posted 4.17.13 Reply
  2. Elfie is gorgeous! I loathe gardening, it’s just so much work, but there is a desire in me to do it and make my kids love it too. I just read a really lovely post from Thinly Spread about “planting a pizza” and I can feel myself slipping down the slope to mudsville – it’s inevitable… Good luck with yours!

    Posted 4.15.13 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      This is a brilliant post – thanks for pointing me in its direction! x

      Posted 4.17.13 Reply
  3. Suzanne wrote:

    I love the pictures of your little girl – what a cutie pie! I am with you on the gardening, can’t stand it but thankfully the OH loves it so I can enjoy sitting back and watching him :)

    Posted 4.16.13 Reply
  4. Steph (@imcountingufoz) wrote:

    how do you do gardening?! I LOVE YOU ALICE!

    Actually, I googled “how do you grow potatoes” a few months back. It mentioned “chitting” which lead to another Google search. So far, I have planted bugger all.

    Posted 4.16.13 Reply
    • alice wrote:

      Oh god, chitting, looool, sounds so funny!

      Posted 4.17.13 Reply
  5. Keedo Dublin wrote:

    There is something very therapeutic about gardening isn’t there? Your work will really pay off when everything begins to bloom and look lovely! Really gorgeous photos btw!

    Posted 4.17.13 Reply
  6. Zoelee wrote:

    I didn’t know the first thing about gardening and then I moved into a place with a balcony. I planted and hoped for the best and it seems to have worked… BUT I still don’t know a thing about gardening!

    Posted 4.17.13 Reply
  7. Lauren wrote:

    We have such a rabbit problem here, that I’m afraid to try any sort of outdoor gardening. You should see what they did to my flowers. :( I’m going to stick with trying to keep my houseplants alive, and am thinking about trying an indoor herb garden. Good luck with yours!

    Posted 4.18.13 Reply
  8. Meghan wrote:

    Tip for planting mint- plant in a container as it is very invasive! You will have a bed of mint if you are not careful. Also nip the flowers as soon as they appear as leaving them to grow will limit mint leafage.

    Hope I caught you in time before you plant!!

    Posted 4.18.13 Reply
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    Posted 4.21.13 Reply
  10. Kory Halvorsen wrote:

    Gardening is an endless job, with many pitfalls. It doesn’t take much to completely ruin a beautiful garden by planting the wrong plants, or not planting them correctly. We have plenty of articles to make sure that everything goes as planned. From planting to weeding and poisons to plant food. Never worry that you will get it wrong when you have a resource like directweb helping you.*,

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    Posted 5.7.13 Reply
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