January in the Garden

Something about the new year always fills me with inspiration, and I’m itching to get into the garden – alas we’re still in deepest, darkest Winter here in Scotland. The bamboo is providing some greenery, the Winter Spinach in the raised bed is doing well too and there are tips of spring bulb stems peeking above the soil but with the temperature hovering around 0°C this week, spring still feels like a long time away.

Nevertheless, I’ve been sorting through my seed box and thinking about what I’d like to grow. We have heavy clay soil and have never had any luck growing root vegetables, and its easy enough to get carrots, potatoes and onions so I leave those to the professionals. This year the plan is to grow kale, spinach, chard, peas, pumpkins and squash, as well as tomatoes and chilli peppers in the greenhouse. I’d also like to try growing ginger and my husband wants to try growing asparagus though that’s a long term project.

The flowerbed is fairly full of hardy perennials but I’m planning to grow more wildflowers around the garden too, partly because they’re lovely but also for the pollinators and insects. I’ve had mixed success with wildflowers in the past, the first few years, the beds were overflowing with lavetera, cornflowers, poppies and calendula but they haven’t done as well over last couple of years but I’ll keep trying.

Though we’ve lived here for 6 years now, I’m still so grateful to have a garden of our own. Have a lovely week. X


3 thoughts on “January in the Garden

  1. It’s still chilly here in Wiltshire, but there is a touch of Spring in the air. Still too cold for any meaningful garden work, although I’ve started a few pots off in the house. A garden is a lovely thing, I look forward to creating an established one of my own when we are settled somewhere. Until then-pots! lots and lots of pots!


  2. Good luck! I bought seed compost at the weekend and can’t wait to get started. In addition to the rudbeckia and cosmos that I start off indoors every year (although rudbeckia is perennial, it doesn’t usually return for me), I’ve been given some sweet peas and herbs. I haven’t grown sweet peas for a few years, and have never grown herbs from seed, so I can’t wait to see how they do.


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