What we didn’t do and did in winter for our garden

It’s been quit busy in Puk the recent months with different things. And it is still busy. I don’t know how I can have time to sit down and make this post. I should have been outside busy with enjoying the great weather.

Winter went fast, although it lasted until the end of March. I guess it was/is because of the short daylight hours. During the fall, I was determined to dedicate the long winter afternoons to reading books on plants, planting and garden design to figure out how we proceed with our two large borders with lots of bare soil. And I had some ideas on establishing a new simple border right in front of the house, but well, it didn’t turn how I had planned. I didn’t really design anything, not even was able to make a sketch. Garden design is really complicated. It is primarily because my garden design skills are way underdeveloped compared to my wish of creating a naturalistic Piet Oudolf inspired garden. Don’t get me wrong. We are so lucky and happy to have a fantastic garden with so diverse planting and carefully planned, however, my can’t stop thinking of an Oudolfian garden. It is out of my control.

We didn’t cut the garden plants down until start of April. But in this case it weren’t my cutting abilities that hindered me. I just thought it was a good idea to keep the seed-heads for birds and insects, secondly I really wanted to see how our garden looks like in winter. And it wasn’t that impressive.

We didn’t remove dandelions from loan because of their importance and beauty 🙂

What we managed to do was digging a trampoline for Ms. A and others, trimmed the apple trees, planted some kitchen garden, and gave a try with a meadow.

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Mr. J. made really nice beds both in green house and outdoors using recycled wood. A fantastic handy man! This year, besides tomatoes, chilies, and salad, we managed to plant an eggplant, a melon, peppers, cucumbers, coriander, basil, dill, mint, and cress.

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Outside there are corn, potatoes, and onions. In outdoor beds we have in bed 1 -strawberries and peas, bed 2 – beans, bed 3 – squash, pumpkins, radishes. Jerusalem artichokes planted themselves and promise a good harvest during the whole year.

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What comes to the meadow. We tried to plant the part of the bare soil toward our neighbor with an insect friendly flower mix. It is exciting to see if we succeed. Last year this soil was covered with lots of things, and they have probably seeded themselves down, at least many of them, so they will for sure come up again as we didn’t hatch the ground properly.  Not because I wasn’t happy with these ”weeds” last year, but I can’t wait to see a lot more ‘structured’ and more diverse meadow.

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