We didn’t have anything much planned. I was looking for a bit of down time as work is always so busy and I find I get tired a lot. As ever I was busy here instead, but at least some of that was in the garden. There is so much going on and I love being outside in the sun.
I potted on all of the tomatoes and cucumbers – and there are a lot of plants so that took a while. Mr S planted out the broad beans and mowed the lawns and we both did masses of weeding. There are still so many jobs to do! I love it and wish I had a bit more time to spend out there.
We both have garden vouchers so I think we will hit the garden centre to spend them today. All that weeding has shown gaps that need filling. We need some more flowers and colour. When I was in Home Bargains last month I picked up some shrubs for just a couple of pounds each, including a beautiful bright pink azalea. I wish I had bought more now so will try to swing by there too and see what they have.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money in the garden. You can grow plants from seeds and cuttings for pennies, and exchange them with friends. You can use any old containers for your flowers and don’t need fancy pots from the garden centre at £30 a pop. I have an old pair of wellies in the shed that will be planted up with some cheap bedding plants from Aldi as soon as I get a spare minute or two. Yesterday some yogurt and cream pots were used to pot on my young plants whilst others were cut into strips and reused as plant labels.
We make our own compost too from all the teabags, egg shells, fruit and veg peelings from the kitchen plus lawn trimmings and old plant matter from outside. I let the bin men collect the weeds in the kerbside compost collection as I don’t want any seed heads finding their way back in the soil.
We save so much money from growing some of our own food and gardening in this way.
Taking of saving money, remember the broken bench we retrieved from outside a neighbour’s house the other week? Mr S repaired it and it is ready for me to rub down and paint. I am thinking a pale green colour. I will search for something suitable and get cracking next weekend.
I hope you enjoying the bank holiday whatever you are doing.