Garden series Part 3: Planning and paying

So I have big plans for the garden. It’s all about layering and planting. so throughout spring and summer the garden is flooded with colour. Planning now means I get to enjoy the garden next summer. I will still keep a mix of pots but my main focus is on the plant bed and adding some colour in there.

So how am I going to pay for it all?

Because the amount of plants I have mentioned is running up to about a £1500 easy. Bulbs and plants are expensive but you need to add fresh compost, soil and pots and that’s not exactly the budget I want to aim for. So instead I am going to do this with cuttings, seeds and lots of hard work. I don’t want to spend more than £250 but we will see.

Seed packs are cheap but I will also need seed trays, pots for when they are big enough and soil. I don’t have a lot of glass space to look after the them just my dining room window and bathroom. I really want a green house but there is just no room.

Small green house

I am thinking of something like this which I can have by the fence or the side of my house. It’s too big to go opposite the kitchen but that would be a great place because I could monitor them every day and remind myself to water them.

Mainly I will be relying on seeds and cuttings to fill my house with flowers. I need to start planning it now because I will need to buy my tulips bulbs so they will flower in spring time. You really do have to plant ahead when it comes to gardening because it’s not till the next year or sometimes two years that you reap what you sow.

I have already started collecting seeds of my sweet peas and the local poppies. Poppies are self seeding and it’s about now that the seed heads start to dry out so I am cutting them and popping them in a bag. I will sew them when I decide what pot to use and I will sew some in the garden too. Poppies are one of my favourite flowers and they are very bee friendly.

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