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Season 7 Doin’ The Dirt … Eh – Summer 2021

A Social Gardening We Shall Go Directory!
E01# – 05/07/21

The last post in the gardening series was Courtyard Garden Ready For Summer 2021 – E5 – 30/04/2021 so just over two months ago and during my absence from the gardening series ‘Doin’ The Dirt … Eh’ l have not been NOT gardening, quite the opposite, l have been involved in two gardens – my own courtyard and the blank canvas garden of Suze’s which l shall discuss in the next week or so in the series Gardening Projects.

Is Suze’s garden finished now?

Well not entirely, but mostly yes – there are three garden slabs to dig in and set and some decorative edging bricks need to be sited along the gravel outside her back patio doors …. but as is the case, waiting for others has proven typically annoying. Way too many people these days over promise and under deliver and Suze and l were waiting on a friend of hers who said, ‘not a problem he would take care of it’ and sadly he hasn’t come good on that promise, so Suze and l will hopefully address these two issues soon enough.

With regards to the garden here in Willow, the courtyard garden, l have planted as much as l can, and l am simply waiting on the fruits of my labours to appear …… and yet also during the two months l travelled from being super excited about the prospect of my gardening to a little deflated with discoveries several weeks into the month of May concerning my stomach health and the new developments that put a bit of a blocker on my growing intentions. This blocker was that my stomach can no longer successfully digest without serious consequences many vegetables!

As a gardener this makes you ask yourself, why are you therefore growing, x, y and z in vegetables when you can’t eat them anymore?? It is a very trying question …. but l simply accepted that ‘it’ was the way things were and to not weep about it but try and find a positive from the negatives. You will have read in some of the Dear Blog posts over at Guy, that l decided to stop vegetable growing and to turn my hand back to my true passions …. composting, wildlife gardening and concentrating upon more herbs and shrubs and flowers … principally, to turn the courtyard garden into an eco-conservation garden of sorts.

I love composting, and so much so, that l want to try and create a niche business blog on environmental composting and wildlife gardening which is what The Authentic Recycler will be about when that launches later this year. However, for the moment, l have to ride out what has already been planted into the garden here in the courtyard and watch how this garden moves through the spring and summer seasons which l missed out on properly last year as l had not long moved into the property itself.

It’s a lovely garden here, but am l utilising it to the best of its potential – l don’t think so – l think l tried to recreate the Hillyfields garden but on a smaller level and l only really came to appreciate that in the last eight weeks – l need to play to this garden’s strengths and l think those are more suited to a garden that is 1] established and 2] better suited to more wild fauna and flora than vegetables and fruits. Anything that can be planted that encourages more visiting wildlife is l think a bonus especially given that l am now seriously restricted in what l can eat on a dietary level.

All is not lost – it is mostly a learning curve – and now l am reviewing the garden with this winter and next spring in mind essentially. I have now observed one of the biggest predators here – and it’s not all the birds l encourage to visit with the feeders because they aid this garden – but whereas in previous gardens l battled slugs, here l battle night-time snail invasions and they have found many of my plants inviting!

I do however have a plentiful supply of visiting thrushes that love snails which does help to keep numbers down, and also a huge flock of starlings that are always here feeding, making a general racket and bathing. Robbie the Robin will take snails if they are small enough. Also, many blackbirds thoroughly enjoy nothing more than rooting around in the soils of the ornamental beds and helping themselves to any exciting microbial, worms, snails, and slugs that they chance upon residing there.

Blackbirds are in their breeding season and l have seen up to five different pairs in the courtyard here that are l think nesting next door in either Edward’s garden or gardens close by – they are not nesting here – but they do drink, eat, root about and bathe here. The blackbird is one of the most seen bird species in British gardens, and they hardly ever have to fight for territory as they usually have their own specific areas.

Anyhoo, more on this garden over the course of the seventh season. But for the time being l will leave you with a small gallery on how the garden is looking as of today.

Thanks for reading na catch you next time.

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