Prepping the garden February 04 2015

This week’s tasks at The Garden House were mostly about preparing the garden for things to come.

Hellebore at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

We worked on the winter bed, planting snowdrops, hellebores, a rose bush and my new favourite shrub, Daphne (below). The bed was already inhabited by a number of shrubs providing winter colour; cornus and winter honeysuckle, and scattered with all manner of bulbs. As we planted the new additions we would dig up a bulb every now and then giving us a reminder of the plants that will soon be appearing above ground. The idea with the snowdrops is that they will hopefully seed and establish themselves, meaning an even greater number of snowdrops next year.

Daphne shrub at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

Then Bridge told us about the importance of fluffing and demonstrated how to do it. She wasn’t sure if that was actually the technical term, but it’s the practice of roughing up the earth with a cultivator after you’ve been treading all over it, an exercise that professional gardeners must get into the habit of to leave the gardens they’ve been treating looking nice.

Snowdrop at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

The chickens admiring our hard work...

Winter colour bed at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

A number of us worked on creating structures for sweet peas, handmade wicker archways to bow across the path creating a tunnel of blooms later in the year. Last year the sweet peas were huge and bright pink, and this year they will be brilliant orange. We potted them on to bigger pots last week and they’re currently in the greenhouse.

Sweet pea supports at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

Sweet pea supports at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

And last but not least, we made a start on setting up the wormery. This is something that I am ridiculously excited about and in actual fact I’m going to start blogging about it every week, starting this Friday. So I won’t reveal anything today other than to say that we made a start so check back on Friday to read about our first steps.

Here's a teaser picture of the wormery as we found it at the beginning of the day:

Can o worms at The Garden House, Brighton. Photo by What You Sow.

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