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Spring Preparations in the garden, February 2018

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Spring Preparations in the garden, February 2018

Jo Perry

In writing this blog I am attempting to chronicle this year in our gardening life at The Glebe. Because of one thing or another we are just getting back into action after a long hard winter. Many routine jobs are carried out over the winter and we are now sowing seeds thick and fast, but the Herb Garden and the Iris garden are our two major spring projects.

February, Monday 19th

With icy showers and wind roaring outside it is hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner. However, lots of bulbs are already in flower and they really lift the heart and we can hope that warmer, calmer weather is just around the corner.

Herb Garden 2017

So with that thought to sustain us we set about work on the Herb Garden. It is hard to know where to begin and it’s proving to be quite a major project. Having grown the herbs through gravel for about the last ten years it really is time for a change. I was initially thrilled with the gravel as it suited many of the Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and sage, but over time the strongest self seeders have swamped the more delicate plants and many treasures have been lost.

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What finally persuaded me to make changes was the damage and debris left after we staged a play in the Herb Garden last August. It seemed the obvious place for the play, after a very wet month had left the rest of the garden unfit. Everyone loved sitting amongst the scented plants, but the next day flattened plants laid strewn everywhere.

While we were trying to decide on a new plan Peter said to me ‘What worries me is that you will never be satisfied with the garden, you are always making changes.’  I did have a pang of guilt but it soon passed. I tell myself that gardening is a learning process and occasionally it is important to realize when something isn’t working. But I do agree that it makes sense to think carefully and put in some permanent structure, so that even if the planting changes we won’t have to start from scratch again.

Before we make any changes we are lifting any plants that can be moved, raking all the gravel into piles out of the way and clearing the ground in preparation for the new beds. Then we can start to be creative, I’m looking forward to it.