Kitty fell off the higher moral ground this week when I came in to see a veritable construction crew complete with high-vis jackets working on building a patio in her garden. It’s actually lovely and I think money well spent but I couldn’t let her know that after the hard time she gave me over my hard landscaping features.
Meanwhile I was working this week with Jim O’Connor of O’Connor Nurseries in Wexford. Jim is a bedding plant expert and grows the finest of plants for hanging baskets, window boxes and borders up at his nursery in Wexford. I had him down to help me with a small patch next to my patio that I want to use for seasonal interest planting and so we planted some Pansies, Geraniums and Bidens to create a beautiful display during the summer.
This week I also started mulching my beds. Now the word mulch has become synonymous with bark, however there are many materials that you can use for mulching. In the area that I have earmarked for fruit and veg growing in my garden I first put down the weed block and after that I used Glenview slate as a mulch. I think this creates a lovely contrast with the gold colour of the Indian Sandstone paving. It is also a nice area to place my potted fruit and veg plants.
Over in the other part of my garden around my more ornamental beds I used bark mulch however I didn’t use any weed block material as I will want to plant seasonal bulbs and bedding plants in these beds and I couldn’t be dealing with the hassle of cutting the fabric everywhere to allow these plants to emerge. In the end I would be left with more holes than fabric. So instead I just made sure I put on the bark mulch thick enough. A covering of about 3” should be enough to cut out light and oxygen to the soil surface and this ensure that no weeds will germinate.
Another very important job that I atttended to this week is the purchasing of compost bins. I settled on a compost tumbler for garden waste, I prefer these to the type that just sit there as waste breaks down quicker when you agitate or ‘tumble’ the pile. I then put in a Wormery for kitchen waste. It really is remarkable how quickly the worms will turn this waste into worm casts a hugely valuable resource for your garden soil.
So things are moving on apace in the gardens and already my jobs for next week are mounting up.