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Garden Planning for Biodiversity

A relatively clear weekend meant that I finally got the chance to settle down with a gardening magazine (I was given a subscription to Grow Your Own for Christmas. an excellent present), my notebook and some seed catalogues.

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This year we’re planning on being a bit more structured as last year was poor in terms of harvest – the weather didn’t help but we also sowed seeds way too late for them to come to anything and were just generally a bit disorganised.

This time round we’ll be growing things we actually like to eat and in the quest for beauty and biodiversity we’ll be companion planting too. Starting to get impatient now, however, the garden needs a really good Spring clean so there’s plenty to be done.

My latest succulent and cacti pots
My latest succulent and cacti pots

Am considering getting a heated propagator to get things started – saw an amazing looking one in a magazine but it was over £100. Think I may try a smaller one first to see how it works. I met someone a couple of weeks ago who uses one when making bread so at least it’ll have another use if it doesn’t work out.

In other news our new bulb planter arrived – it was one of those deals you get when ordering plants that seem like a really good deal – £5 instead of £15 – thank goodness it was only £5 as I can’t for the life of me see how it’s going to add much value, guess I’ll find out when our Summer bulbs arrive and I can put it into practice.

Bulb Planter - any good? or waste of time.....
Bulb Planter – any good? or waste of time…..

Pots and Pots of, erm, well, Pots!

We’ve recently started heading down to the auction in Peebles, it’s great fun and there are some real bargains to be found. Previously we’ve come back with things for the house but this time around we went totally garden potty!
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 8 beautiful big blue pots, some with plants already in them (Lavender & Rhododendrons and something as yet unidentifiable) for £82 – considering we paid £100 in Dobbies the previous weekend for just 3 big planters (and they were all on sale) that’s an absolute steal! I was loving it when two folk were jealously watching us load the car – turns out they’d popped out for a coffee and missed the lots so apart from some online bids, we had no competition.
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We also managed to snaffle a Victorian foot bath and a vintage watering can – both of these are also destined to become planters!
 I finally found a really unusual plant worthy of putting in the lovely Kew Gardens pot that The Orchard sent me, a succulent called Sedum Cristatum, I think it looks like a brain and it’s hard not to touch it.
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Next week I’m heading off to the Penicuik Bonsai Society’s monthly meet to see if they can help me re-pot the Bonsai we bought at Gardening Scotland last year – it was supposed to be done in March but hopefully it won’t be too late.