Welcome to the Loop and bar garden! Along with Crochet, knitting and sewing I also absolutely love to garden! So, for those of you who love gardening too, and are interested in seeing what’s going on in my patch, here’s my garden diary. It will mostly be a visual diary, mainly pictures and maybe a few words, as the Loop and bar blog is really all about the yarn, but I just wanted to give a little space to something else I love!
A bit about the garden……
It’s in Snowdonia, for a start. On a dairy farm at about seven hundred and fifty feet above sea level. This means that it can take a little longer for the garden to warm up in the spring, which means that spring arrives about a month later than in the nearest village, where I work! The up- side to this is that, for me, spring time lasts longer :)
I share the garden with three chickens – Mable, Miriam and Rose, two gold fish, my dog Charlie (she’s a girl) and a very frequent flow of spectators walking past on their way to milking- four hundred and fifty of them to be exact! The cows are very curious and like to stop at the fence and inspect any developments taking place in the veg patch, and to stare at Charlie who can mostly be found rolling around on the grass!
I love to grow all sorts – flowers, a few veg, I love growing stuff up walls and over things and I have a greenhouse where my fig plant lives. I’m no expert gardener. I’m a potterer. A tryer-outer. A plonk it in the ground and hope for the bester! It’s my third year living here and pottering around in this huge garden and I’m learning to be patient and trying not to do too much at a time. It doesn’t always work, I’m frequently guilty of starting many things before finishing others, much like with my crocheting and knitting! But a gardening job is never finished, is it? So I’ll keep planting, training, weeding, chopping, and maybe just sowing a few more seeds here and there and see what happens :)
So from now on I’ll just add pictures to this post, as one continuous entry, although they may not always appear in chronological order…all you have to do is just scroll down to take a look!
Late July 2015
Mid July 2015
Things have been a bit slow to grow on the veg patch – I need to improve the soil and create some more shelter from the wind I think…….and I’ve sadly had to abandon the tomatoes again this year due to a second year of blight. Am I ever going to grow my own tomatoes?! But the flower beds look good, and so does the mini pond I made out of a big trug bucket! We’ve enjoyed the warmth and the sun and the scent from the first roses :) Here are a few pics for June…….
The lupins give off the most lovely peppery scent!
31st May 2015