This has been a very low-input week for us gardening-wise; we’ve been decorating Lily’s bedroom which has sucked up all potential outdoors-in-the-frosty-sunshine time. To make matters worse, after wrestling with a wonky stepladder I’m now the proud owner of a badly cut finger which means no ‘proper’ gardening for a few days. Not happy!
Anyway, after feeling sorry for myself for a bit I finished my seed order, which got me fired-up for getting out there and getting on with it. I love how a bit of planning and looking at lovely pictures of flowers can transform your motivation, even if you do have to stick a freezer bag over your finger before getting your hands mucky!
I decided to stay with low-key jobs and planted up some pots for the kitchen windowsill. I have a bit of an obssession with old terracotta pots; they are so hard to find and I’m always on the lookout for them. My mum-in-law Penny has had to put up with me rambling on about them for years now, and for Christmas she gave me these….
They were originally her father’s so they are super-precious and I feel very lucky to have them, I love that they are being passed down the family generations. I’ve been itching to use them and after getting serious snowdrop envy last week I knew just what to plant.
I used my new potting station for the first time for this job; I cannot believe I’ve never thought to get one before. This simple piece of kit is going to transform my life when it comes to sowing seeds and potting-on; until now I’ve been crouching on the deck trying not to spill compost or drop seeds through the planks. It’s light and portable too so I can take it to the allotment or set it up at the right height for the kids really easily.
That little trowel you can see in the picture actually belongs to Lily; I always pinch it when I’m planting up little pots, it’s just the right size to get the soil where you want it to go. She doesn’t mind as long as I ask her first!
Here’s the finished pots, ready to grace our windowsill. I’ll plant the bulbs in the garden after they’ve flowered so we can enjoy them again next year. I raked up some moss from our lawn to top off the soil – don’t you just love it when a bit of garden neglect works in your favour!
Joining in as always with Annie’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ series at Mammasaurus