April in my garden: My monthly garden update #2 – The Travel Hack

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

I’m so happy to be writing monthly garden updates because it’s so nice to see the progress I’ve already made in just 4 weeks.

My little plant has grown so much and I have learned so much too. Last month I had no idea what I was doing, but this month I feel much more confident. There is still much to learn. I think that’s the fun of gardening. There’s always something new to learn!

Read more: March in my garden: My monthly update #1

Update from my greenhouses

My three mini greenhouses were fantastic and I still think £50 each at Aldi was a bargain.

Currently full of flowers:

  • geranium
  • morning glory
  • universe
  • sunflower
  • lavender
  • lupine
  • Gaillardia
  • giant daisies
  • beans
  • Marigold
  • This is a tray with seedlings that are growing well, but I have forgotten what kind of seedlings they are!

I kept tomatoes, peppers, and chili peppers in the greenhouse for a few weeks, but then I realized that these plants liked warmer areas, so I brought them back to the kitchen. But my peas are here and running wild and I can’t wait to plant them!

A big purchase!

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

I love small greenhouses and I love my garden so much that I decided to buy a larger one!

We chose a 12 x 6 foot wood greenhouse from BillyOh. Since the greenhouse will take up most of the small garden, I wanted it to look good, so I chose a wooden one. I will decorate it with globe lighting and paint it green. Also, due to flooding in the garden, I have to raise the greenhouse, so there are stairs up to the greenhouse and I would like to keep it pretty by putting pots of pretty plants on the stairs.

As you may know, I’ve been looking at dreamy gardens on Pinterest a lot lately!

Everyone says it should be as big as possible, so I chose the largest size I could actually carry. And I chose BillyOh because he was one of the cheapest companies I could find with OK reviews. I think it’s cheap because you have to assemble it yourself. Sam is really handy so he is confident that he will be able to assemble it without any problems, so everything will be fine!

My kitchen trolleys

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

My kitchen wagon is thriving! It’s so hot and sunny that the kitchen environment is perfect for growing things. I look in the kitchen every day so I know when they need watering and I don’t feel the need to overwater. When the time comes, it’s also very easy to take them outside to water and harden.

We have butternut squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, and chili peppers.

Now that I know the greenhouse will be finished in 5-6 weeks, I wish I had planted more peppers and tomatoes since I have so much space. Maybe I’ll try planting some more. Let’s take a look.

My sweetpeas are out!

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

The sweet peas have grown quite a bit, so I decided to put them out in the garden a little earlier than advised. I also wanted to free up space in the greenhouse, so I decided to take the plunge and plant it in the garden. We’ve had a few cold mornings but it looks good and is growing well on the trellis we purchased from Wilco.

My courgettes are looking a bit sad

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

My zucchini is growing so fast! I had to repot it because it was so overgrown and I didn’t have room for all the pots, so I decided to take a risk and put it in the garden inside a cold frame. This was probably a mistake as we then had several freezing nights and lost some plants. Three or four of her cats still seem to be doing well, but about eight of them look a little sad. That might not be a bad thing since no one needs that many zucchini plants, but I was hoping I could give them away to friends and family.

Filling my raised beds

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

I filled the first raised bed with a combination of leaf mold (from a neighbor’s garden) and garden soil. Then I spread about 5cm of compost on top of it. I’m still not sure if this is correct? The soil in my garden seems to be pretty good and I thought I would be spending a fortune on 100% compost.

I planted a few rows of seeds, but they don’t seem to be doing anything with them yet, and some little critters have dug holes in the edges and made a mess of them, so I need some kind of cover!

My Bokashi bin

I’m a little too excited about Bokashibin!

I have now buried three buckets of bokashi mixture in the garden. It’s been a month since we buried the first bucket, and almost everything has decomposed and looks like dirt. I dug it up again today and there are still some banana peels and potatoes left, but other than that I’m not sure what’s dirt and what’s from the trash can.

The instructions for the Bokashi trash can recommend burying it in the garden for two weeks, but even after two weeks, it had hardly rotted. Basically, it looked like fresh food straight out of the compost bin. After 4 weeks it will have mostly decomposed and after 5-6 weeks it will look like compost!

If you plan to use Bokashibin in the UK, we recommend that it takes approximately 5-6 weeks for it to break down 100.

I can’t say yet if the finished bokashi compost will lead to great soil and rich crops, but we’ll see!

A few new shrubs in the garden

I’m a bit reluctant to plant too many shrubs in this bed of the garden as it is a flood prone area. I’m going to try planting something there this year, but I know it’s dangerous and everything could die in an instant. But I have three of her shrubs that my mom bought for me, so it seems to be okay.

Climbing roses

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

I bought 6 climbing roses online and planted them about 4 weeks ago. They haven’t done anything yet and I’m not 100% sure they’re alive.

I also purchased two small rose bushes from The Range and they seem to be doing pretty well. At least I know they are alive!

Strawberry wall planters

This is a wall planter that I bought at Aldi. I packed it full of strawberries and it’s doing great! This is a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden, so I think it will grow. I still have 9 spots left to plant in my planter, but I’m not sure if I should buy more strawberry plants or try something else.

I love that the kids can pick their own strawberries, and I feel like it’s a great use of space in this sunny corner.

What’s in my raised beds?

I sowed some seeds and potatoes directly into the raised bed. I sowed potatoes, parsnips, carrots, kohlrabi, and purple sprouting broccoli. I tried to sow the seeds in a nice straight line like you see on Instagram, but I’m not sure how straight they will be.

We also had an issue with something getting into the corner of the bed and digging it out. I don’t know if it’s a mouse or a mouse, a squirrel or a vole, or even a cat. Whatever it is, I need to stop it, so I’m going to build some kind of barrier or cage or something over the bed. I would be shocked if I had a bed full of vegetables and it was all eaten by garden critters!

Protecting my fruit and veggies

Having a small excavator in the garden got me thinking about how to protect the crops once they arrive. I would like to do companion planting. The idea is that when you plant certain things together, one plant will repel insects that would normally be attracted to the other.

I ordered some super fine mesh to protect it from bugs, especially to protect my carrots from carrot flies. I have another net to protect the strawberries from birds, but I think I’ll need some kind of frame over these beds. We have a lot of animals in our garden and I think we need all the help we can get.

What’s in my cold frame?

Besides the sad zucchini, the cold frame also contains green onions and green onions. I planted them about 10 days ago and they’ve started to sprout, but I’m hoping for something to come up soon!

Other boxes and pots

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

The window box I ordered on EBay finally arrived and I’m very happy with it. I filled it with compost, put in some small carrots, and sowed beets, radishes, and lettuce. There’s also a big pot of spinach.

This big pot also contains potatoes. Potatoes are the boys’ little project and they are getting lots of water as they are planting and watering responsibly!

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

My lawn

My lawn still looks a little messy, but I put some feed, herbicide, moss killer, and then put in lots of grass seed, so I’m hoping it’s a little better! It rained a lot this week, so that’s helpful!

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

Growing in recycling pots

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

Everything in my plastic recycled pots is working great! I have definitely found that plastic pots are the best. Things like potted grapes or cut milk cartons. It was so amazing that I will be saving all my grape punnets from now on!

Growing on toilet paper has been successful, but not all that successful. I found that cardboard dries too quickly and doesn’t retain moisture as well as plastic pots. And if it’s humid, mold will grow. Put all the toilet paper and the cardboard pot into a milk carton, and put about an inch of water in the bottom of the milk carton or it will dry out.

April in My Garden: My Monthly Garden Update #2 - Travel Hacks

Chickens?

I have set aside a corner of my garden to keep chickens. I’d like to get some chickens because I think it’s an ideal place for them, but I’m oddly nervous about getting them. I feel very particular about chicken! So I think I’ll wait until the new greenhouse is installed and see how it goes. I don’t want to take on too many things at once!

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