Planning of Our Garden

Hello my Lovelies 🙂

is everything fine? What’s new at your end? 🙂
Well, it’s Sunday and I thought it could be interesting to talk about gardening and journaling. I don’t know what the weather is like where you live but here it is rainy and very cloudy with a very fresh breeze. So, not really gardening weather 😀 Nevertheless it is perfect planning weather. 🙂

If I Could Have The Garden Of My Dreams

Let’s get a little bit dreamy. 😀 If I could have the garden of my dreams, I would have a corner with a herbal snail and some patches. There would be a place for insects, a little pond, a birdhouse and a little Japanese inspired part. Then, on the other side, were my flower beds which bloomed wonderfully. At last I would have a place where we can sit at a table for dinners with family and friends, and something more relaxing like a lounge with a fire place. Best part would be that nobody could see in our garden.
What a dream 😀 Let’s get it real!

Plans For This Year

My dream is really just a dream, the reality is different. I have one quite huge flower bed with different flowers. We have a table with chairs where we have dinner and we installed an awning so that we can have some privacy. Our fence is quite small and you can see everything in our garden with its birch tree and willow. There were a lot of rocks which I used as a fence for my flower bed. As you know I planted a lot of hydrangeas and other flowers last year.

This year I won’t plant new flowers. Instead, I would like to have a few vegetable patches and some herbs. Our garden isn’t huge but I think even with some small space you can create a wonderful place. So we will build three patches which will be 80 x 80 x 30 cm. We do already have the boards and all the other things at home because we had a garden lot a long, long time ago. (Unfortunately we had to give away the garden because we didn’t have enough time to give it the care it needed.)

My husband would love to have some herbs for his cooking and I love this idea to have fresh herbs as well. So because we won’t build a herbal snail with concrete or something like that. We decided to use plant stones. I translate this literally because I didn’t find the right English word for it. It is like a mould made out of stone which is hollow inside. Because of that, you can put soil and a plant inside, and the stone is like the fence around it. Quite practical and cute at the same time. You can get these little garden helpers in different sizes and shapes. You can put them separately, form a bigger shape with them and/or stack them together. We will stack them and try create something like stairs with them. The herbs can then be next to the flower bed because that way they will get good sunlight. 🙂

We also thought of a little path from the terrace to the composter at the far end of our garden. Well, this will be a lot of work this year.

Which Vegetables, Fruits And Herbs Will Move In

Well, my husband differentiated between herbs for the kitchen and medicinal herbs. So we decided to plant the following ones:

medicinal herbskitchen herbs
mandrakebasil
passion fruitrosemary
St. John’s wortthyme
valerianparsley
lavenderchive
balmoregano
boragepeppermint
marigoldtarragon
dill

My wishlist for vegetables and fruits is long as well 🙂 So let’s have a look:

  • strawberries
  • lettuce
  • rocket salad
  • tomatoes
  • chili peppers
  • bell peppers
  • spring onions
  • onions
  • garlic
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • blueberry
  • lemon

Maybe I’m a little over the top but the tomatoes and chilis I would put in large pots again like last year. In the next weeks I will research how many plants of each sort of vegetable can be put in one plot. I think that even the blueberry and the lemon will get their own pots. I planted a raspberry last year and well I’m not sure that it survived so maybe I am going to buy a new one, but only if the raspberry in the garden won’t survive the winter.

How I Journal About Gardening

I have my own journal just for gardening because I like to write about the development of the garden. So one day we stood in the garden, it was windy and really cold and we talked about where the patches and all that stuff should be, so I had my journal with me. I will show you the pages below. It is messy and just scribbles because I didn’t have the time to make it pretty. Even now I won’t re-do this pages in pretty because it isn’t necessary. Normally my pages are with photos, some writing and washi tapes. But for these pages I had a lot of time and created them in peace and quiet.

In addition to my research on how many plants can be put in pots, I think I will create a kind of fact sheet of all the plants. There could be some facts like Latin name, what you can do with them, which location they need and maybe some more facts. I think that we could write down our experiences and if the plants will have grow. The only thing I know about this sheet is that it should be just one page for each plant. I’ll keep you updated on that. 🙂

So, this is the plan for the garden and in the next weeks and months my gardening journal will be fed with new experiences, and hopefully with a lot of fun as well.

Wisdom of the day: Be ambitious and don’t worry if you need to reduce something! 🙂

Love to you all,
The Evil Journalista Chrissi

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