What is sustainable gardening? Is it choosing locally or ethically sourced materials? Is it avoiding buying any more plastic pots and reusing those you already have? Is it propagating your own plants from seed and choosing diverse varieties, then at the end of the growing season saving seed for the following year? All of these things and much more.
That’s why my New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to spend 12 months working out what sustainable gardening means for me and then hopefully sharing some of those ideas with others and learning from fellow gardeners along the way.
This Saturday our garden, like the year, is at a low point, but it’s all up from here. That’s why this week’s Six on Saturday shows my neglected winter garden in the hope that come summer I will have turned it around.
As ever, I am joining in with The Propagator, whose plant rearing skills and generous social media sharing are an inspiration to all of his followers. Thanks for hosting this meme in 2019 and look forward to joining you in 2020!
1. Compost chaos
My composting area is looking rather sorry for itself. One of the first jobs of the new year will be to tidy this area up and construct a new bin using recycled materials.
2. Untidy corner
I am really at a loss about what to do with this bit of the garden where ivy, cranesbill and Crocosmia have run rampant in the cracks between paving stones.
There is always hope in a garden as this hellebore flower about to unfurl reminds me.
With its blackened flower heads this Buddleia dominates this part of the garden from summer onwards. But the butterflies love it. Not sure whether to get rid of it this year or not.
5. Hairy shed
This old tool shed is a bit of an eyesore. It lets in water and needs a good clear out, but we can’t afford to replace it just yet.
6. Viburnum bodnantense
My favourite shrub in the garden right now is this Viburnum with its pretty pink flowers on bare branches. A reminder of all the loveliness to come.
Our garden doesn’t look much right now, but over the next few months I hope to bring it gently back to life without spending a fortune and to go on a journey to find out what sustainable gardening really means. I hope you will join me.