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Coronavirus Lockdown – I Am Gardening It Is Keeping Me Sane!

Our Garden

Coronavirus - Gardening

Since we are all working from home we needed to find something to do to get us out of our homes.  We are lucky to have the luxury of outdoor space and very thankful for it as it is the only time we get to really stay outside for any length of time without worrying about contracting the Coronavirus.

We would usually go and do an assessment of the garden after winter.  Just the usual problems, what plants survived, how the bar held up in the bad weather.

Theo’s Tiki Bar

Theo's Tiki Bar

Also, I am way behind with planting my seeds for the yearly crop of vegetables and flowers I try and grow each year

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I went out there to plant my seeds for the year. I have planted all the salad vegetables for the summer, the usual, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and spring onions as well as other salad favourites.
Then there are the hanging basket flowers, I don’t know about anyone else but I find some of the hanging basket flowers quite expensive to buy for the instant hanging basket. I have for the last few years decided to grow my own. I particularly love trialling lobelia for my baskets.

I love the waterfall effect of this flower with all its beautiful colours. I also planted petunia seeds, I found these are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seeds, which for me is great as I have planted a lovely garden more by good luck than skill as a gardener.

I don’t pretend to know what I am doing half the time but I have that ‘if I try it might go right’ attitude and sometimes I surprise myself with the results. Sweet peas are one of my favourites to out in my baskets for the scent they give off and they attract all sorts of wildlife to our garden which is nice to see when you are sat on a summers day watching all of the bees and butterflies floating around on a summer breeze.

It took me around an hour in my potting shed, to plant all of the seeds. I thought I could write a blog of the journey myself and the garden takes from today until, well all year round. The changes the garden goes through throughout the year is amazing. I love to potter around it watching the fruits of my labour literally growing before my eyes. We grow all manner of fruits annually already, apples, brambles, black and red berries, strawberries, mint. All useful in the kitchen and in the bar in our favourite summer cocktails.

Feel free to advise me on any tips which may help my gardens journey through the next few months. I will update with a further blog on our garden as it grows, I am really looking forward to how my seeds will be in say a months time. 

I am spending as much time out in the garden as possible until the Coronavirus has passed to save my sanity as being cooped up indoors is not conducive to my helping me with my mental health.  I am used to being at work, seeing other people and being able to go where I want when I want not locked up at home!!  Why not comment below and give me more ideas on how you are coping with the huge lifestyle change.  I can use them myself and even post some ideas to help others!

As always loving being me……

Any garden advice would be really appreciated…

Until my next blog, thank you for reading

Love The Go To Girls Blog xxx 

Please, please, please stay home and stay safe.  Take care of your families and yourself.  Anyone can contract Coronavirus!

PS, as I wrote this post about a month ago and did not post it (it’s a long story) my seeds are already growing.  Keep popping back for the next update on the seeds.  Maybe in the next couple of days!

 

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