End of Month View May 2017: my garden right now, from building site to blank canvas

Since last month’s EOMV one big thing has happened, followed by a lot of little ones: the trench footings went in; and the log store and water butts were reconstructed. This turned the garden into—if not a completely blank canvas, then certainly something with more potential for redrawing:


But that photo is a good couple of weeks old already; what about now?


The veg is starting to look great; so far, nothing has nibbled the kale:


I’m hoping that it won’t have to go under cover before we eat it; I’ve noticed cabbage whites tend to avoid kale. They don’t know what they’re missing!

The garlics are doing well, even the ones that have permitted a pak-choi underplanting:


That certainly lasted longer than the lettuces, which were stripped to ribs.

The Axis Of Tomato/Borlotti/Pea-Latvian is also thriving, just as the overwintered peas have probably podded their first and last:



The acer is basking in the sun:


And someone is basking on the acer:


The Rose They Couldn’t Kill is also full of itself:


And the Buddleia They Couldn’t Kill has been joined by antirrhinums, dug up from the trench soil, I suppose:


These have taken over from the myosotis, which has now relaxed back, its flowering done.

The shady pots are thriving:


The queer, opposite-leaved shrub that keeps growing up through the euonymous is glad of the loss of the privet:


So much so that it appears to be about to flower:


Which means I might finally work out what it is!

The Lavendula stoechas “Fathead” is going ballistic:


And the Lavendula angustifolia “Hidcote” isn’t far behind:


Cirsium rivulare “Atropurpureum” has avoided being eaten this year, and fended off cuckoo spit, both in part helped by me dousing it with water as puddle and spray respectively:


And the cheap pelargoniums we moved with from Cogges are into—what?—their fourth year maybe:


I might try cuttings again this year, although they’ll probably damp off.


Last, but not least, I’ve built another compost bay alongside the first:


This should really help with my use of my own compost, because one bay can be left to properly compost down, while I start on the other (especially when I add the pine cat litter, which tends to lock up nitrogen as it rots.) After a few weeks of turning the old compost, it’s ready; meanwhile, the new one can just keep receiving new material until I’m done.

Given the escape of compost from the existing bay through gaps in the pallets, I dismantled an entire pallet with wrecking bars:


And threaded the pieces through the pallet walls, blocking gaps. This meant I could transfer the existing compost into the new bay:


Leaving the old bay empty, and I was able to line it with the remaining sawdust from the log-store cutting, plus some rooster poo pellets as an accelerator:


Amazingly, I must have around half a cubic metre of compost, or 400–500 litres. That should get my growing off to a good start: once I’ve built those darn walls!

(Thanks to Helen Johnstone for hosting the EOMV meme. Helen’s taking a break from blogging, but I find these posts very useful myself, so I’m going to carry on anyway. Sometimes the point of a meme is it has its own momentum…!

This month, though, the Chelsea Fringe is also promoting the #mygardenrightnow hashtag on Twitter, and I’m hoping I can release this post in time for that. Thanks to Michelle Chapman for her efforts there!)



  1. Julieanne · June 4, 2017

    Things have really come along well since me taking your broad beans to mind last month – hurrah! Re the Pak Choi, I suggest pull it up and eat it now – it looks like it is ready. I did something like that once with my garlic, only with broad beans, and in the end the garlic bulbs were tiny. They don’t like too much competition it seems. Congrats on all that compost – lovely looking stuff. Nice to see both Fathead’s doing so well 😉


    • J-P · June 4, 2017

      It might depend on the roots – broad beans will put down substantial, nodule-y roots, whereas pak choi is a bit of a catch crop. But I will let the Welsh rose know! It’s only in one pot, anyway, so it could be an interesting experiment….


    • J-P · June 4, 2017

      (And Fathead says hi!)


  2. VP · June 5, 2017

    I love the view of your cat and the walk around your garden 🙂 Thanks for taking part in #mygardenrightnow, there’s been an amazing response!


    • J-P · June 5, 2017

      Thanks! And thanks also for organizing.

      Liked by 1 person

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