As I read various gardening -related blogs and websites this past week, guilt is creeping in. So many of you are out there, cracking on with sowing and weeding and all sorts of other jobs. Meanwhile, between awful weather, a teething toddler, school runs and running a household, I have barely made it out into the garden this week. I miss it! The way things are going with the weather and my time, I am tempted to give up on the idea of starting my fruit and veg from seed and instead purchase plug plants when they become available. In the coming weeks I am going to have to review how things are going.
This morning there was light snow and it was simply too cold to spend any significant time in the garden especially with my little one. So what is the next best gardening-related thing to do? That’s right-shopping!
I decided to check out the stall by Eastside Nursery in the local high street market. For a beginner gardener like myself, the trip was definitely worth it. The lady was friendly and approachable and gave me some great advice without overwhelming me with a load of technical detail. This was especially helpful given my toddler was crying his little heart out with teething pain! I needed to select some colourful plants for a pot that sits on my porch which doesn’t get much sunlight. She suggested pansies for instant, low- maintenance impact.
I almost made the mistake of picking up an indoor plant (I Am a complete novice!), and the lady kindly pointed out my error. She said that people are often nervous or worried about asking them for advice and they really shouldn’t be because they are more than happy to help.
I love shopping for the garden. The best bit is being able to get out there and talk to people in the industry who really know their stuff. I also enjoy looking at plants and imagining where they could be placed in the garden and what the overall impact could be. The way businesses display their products are beautiful and creative. For a small garden like mine I am finding that I do need to get creative in order to squeeze in new plants. Layering up containers and getting multi-use out of their space is a way I am going to try for some fruit/vegetable plants.
My shopping expedition ended on the perfect note by bumping into an old friend and having coffee. My toddler’s teething pain was sorted out (in case you were wondering!) and we watched the snow drifting past the window while sipping our drinks and catching up on life. Retail therapy is good, very good!