There are a few projects on my mind for this year. Regular readers will remember I had some success at this last year. And I finally got round to building a proper compost bin and took on my shared plot in the next village. I even grew some long carrots and parsnips in pipes for the first time. So what’s on the cards for 2012?
- A covered potting area – I currently have 2 options for potting on, either on the bench in the greenhouse or in the workshop at the back to the garage. In between the end of the garage and the greenhouse is a 8 foot square area which is north facing, so has no real growing potential as it’s shaded by the garage and is just gravelled at the moment with a log pile and compost bin. The project is to build a covered area with two sides that will house a bench for potting and store compost bags etc underneath and have space to store logs down the side. With easy access to the greenhouse and back garden it would be ideal and allow me to do some useful in those winter and spring nights were you still need a bit of shelter to be comfortable. A great way of increasing the usable space in the garden and relatively low cost as well. Not a simple project though (for me) so I’m hoping my Dad will be on hand to assist!
- Extend the compost bin and have a cage for leaf mould.
- Get the new half allotment into shape and add some well rotted manure to the shared plot to improve the soil.
- Dedicate a small area for the children to grow stuff.
- Be more wildlife friendly – a few bird boxes and places for bees etc.
- Add more to the Hort Soc website and blog (I am now Treasurer as well so I hope the books will balance at the end of the year!).
- An Asparagus bed up at the allotment.
- Sort the two lawns out – they’re a bit of a mess and need some attention this year to get rid of the worst of the moss and weeds. I don’t want a Titchmarsh standard lawn but something that looks less like a field will do!
I’m hoping that by writing this stuff down I’ll actually get round to doing it. Time will tell!
So what garden projects do you have planned?