|Doin’ The Dirt was a gardening series that ran in my first blog, ‘ A Guy Called Bloke, from 2018 to 2022, when the blog closed. Willow Garden is a series exclusive to the Earthly Comforts blog only.|
|I have been gardening in the Willow Garden since June 2020. I moved to Sandwich [Kent, UK] just as the first Covid pandemic lockdown was easing. As I rent the house here, l am partially restricted in what l can introduce new to the courtyard garden itself in so far as ‘established plant layouts go’. I must work with what l have, and l do. However, l can ‘add’ to the layout should l wish to.|
These days, unlike in previous gardens l have maintained, l am limited in what l can grow vegetable wise due to my diet, which is somewhat sparse in variety due to a digestive issue l have had since 1994.
Willow garden is around twelve feet wide and forty-five feet in overall length, so a pretty slim garden. Still, it has no lawn, so there is no grass to mow, and ornamental beds are on both sides of the gravel path, which runs through the courtyard’s centre for 75% of the Garden. I have ‘inherited’ much of the layout here in so far as shrubbery and bush-like trees.
In the two years since l have been attending the Garden, it has undergone some changes to the overall layout, but nothing controversial. I am a keen worm farmer and a devout composter, so composting and vermiculture farm units are now in situ in places which were once filled with broken and cracked earthenware pots and dead ornamental flowers before my arrival.
Yesterday’s courtyard under the previous tenants was more fitting with a Victorian-style garden layout with twee but damaged wrought iron seats, a wooden and iron bench [solid obstacle], wonderfully large and oversized terracotta crockpots and broken and fraying wicker hanging baskets overflowing with gigantic but sadly dying and poorly maintained geraniums, begonias and failing rhododendrons.
Thankfully, not everything was shambolic, but l did know that the courtyard could be made good again and brought to shine once more. The previous tenants had not been active or keen gardeners and allowed plants to get on under their own steam. Thankfully, the Garden’s growth was green and vibrant, and there was also some colour, so there was hope. And it had some cracking pink and yellow roses on the walls, and all it truly needed was love and TLC.
I may not be the best gardener, and I’ll not win any awards soon for the year’s Garden, but l do know how to clean up and tidy and improve the soil. So that has occupied my creative talents and my little green-fingered gardening skills.
Whilst, this is to be more of a lazy man’s gardening series instead of something you might see from true gardening wizards, hopefully you’ll enjoy the episodes.
Thanks for reading. I will see you next time.
|Willow Garden – Episode 1# – Willow Garden Introduction|
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|Willow Garden – June 2020 – Front looking towards back of the garden, Mid Garden looking back towards house, Mid Garden empty space, Back Garden space|