Watching Garden of the Year on More4
I’m thinking, where do those garden owners put all the STUFF that a gardener leaves lying about, puts down and forgets about, dumps, loses, temporarily leaves somewhere, and doesn’t know what to do with? Where are all the opened bags of grit, the empty terracotta pots, the buckets, Where is all that stuff???
Yes I’m lucky to have a shed and here it is but not everything can go in a shed.
Nooks and crannies
I’d like to show you the lovely little places in this garden that solve all those problems above.
My absolute favourite place, a dumping place if you like, is just next to the shed where I throw all the green stuff from the back garden.
It’s in effect an open compost pile although I’ve never used any of it, I just leave it and it piles up and goes down with the weather and the seasons. I like it and don’t think it’s an eyesore at all. Surely you have to have somewhere to chuck green stuff and in a small town garden there’s no “out of the way” corner to hide the pile.
Pots and bits of pots are popped in this back corner and I think they look rather attractive just as they are.
At the back door I keep containers of seaweed plant food and a bucket full of dirty water. I always need a bucket of water and the plant food is extra handy. After years of garden pottering one learns not to put everything away tidily every two minutes because you only have to go and get it again.
Below is the front door area which for some would have matching olive trees in wooden planters but I find some sad gloves and another bucket much more useful.
There’s always a mess under the bird feeders so I have temporarily solved that by leaving my bags of grit and compost rather artfully on the ground around the pole. And another handy bucket of course.
This is the back gate which I don’t use much so can’t resist putting big awkward things in the space in front of it. I curse myself when I need to open the door but the space is so inviting. In a small garden you really do have to use the space for more than one thing. Space to open a door easily is too much of a luxury.
Heavy full bags of stuff have to stay out the front where they fall when I push them out of the car. There’s no way I can move them until they are only half full so it’s bucket by bucket to start with. As yet no one has pinched them.
Since starting this blog this morning, a foreign TV company mailed me asking to come and film the garden next weekend. Sounds fun ……….will I be as blasé about my nooks and crannies? How many buckets and bits of stuff will I be putting out of sight I wonder. I will let you know.
Thankyou for reading so far and happy autumn gardening to all.