Rural Adventures

Spring in the Cottage Garden

It’s officially spring in North Wales as, you know, it also is in the rest of Wales.   I think it might even be spring in Scotland and in other nations, too.     Daffodils are blooming all around and lambs are darting around the local fields, clearly with no idea of what fate will befall them in a few short weeks.   I feel quite bad when I look at them when I’m passing, tbh.

The cottage garden is in full bloom with dafs and I’ve picked as many as I can carry in my sweaty little paws and dragged them back the vases I have in the sitting room.    There are lots of other flowers growing in the garden but, as my flowers knowledge extends only to recognising daffodils or roses, I have no idea what they might be.    

Yeah, I have no idea what this is.   It’s very pretty, though. 
When I lived in Scotland, I had a large back garden, but this was fully decked, apart from the fish pond.   Therefore, buying a cottage with an acre of land, orchard, veggie patch, covered fruit growing area, massive pond and LOTS of grass, is a totally new, and fairly daunting, experience.   

I often go out and wander around the garden, wondering what everything is.    I spotted beautifully coloured flowers (which my Mum assures me are Primrose), and other things that I have decided to call Lupins, although I’m fairly certain they are not.    It was just the first flowery name that popped in to my head.    They are fabulously pink and blue and have been sprouting in the beautiful raised beds surrounding the deck.

Spring in the Cottage Garden
I don’t even know where to start, tbh
Now that spring has officially arrived, I’ve made a tenuous attempt to plant some seeds.   I cheated with my chilli peppers by buying a ready made tub filled with compost and seeds which, I am told, will grow without much interference from me.    I’ve also planted Dill, which is currently going well on the kitchen window sill.     I’ve found Sage and Rosemary bushes in the garden already, which were left by the previous owners,  much like the apple trees, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, cranberries, plums and blackberries we have that are already planted and mostly covered in the fruit area.    

I would be lying if I said I had ANY knowledge of how to grow anything, or indeed, how to properly care for anything, but I’m determined to grow my own fruit and veg now that I finally have the space to do so.    I imagine it’ll be a thoroughly frustrating experience at first, with a few disasters thrown in.

Fach Gron from the front.
Hopefully, once I get the hang of it, I’ll establish a system that I can stick to and I’ll be able to sow and harvest throughout the year.    Ambitious, I know, but if I reach for the stars, I might end up with a single runner bean or chilli for my efforts.   And to be honest, this will be a major win for someone who can’t even keep house plants alive.

I have an apple orchard with 13 trees in it, so I feel it would be perfect for making cider.   I mean, there are only so many apples two people can eat, right??   We don’t want them to go to waste.    I might be quite drunk in the autumn, with any luck.    

Do you have any tips for growing fruit and veg?

Suz x 


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