I have been gardening from childhood.
I grew up in north Derbyshire, England.
In the 1960's and 1970's, my mother created a garden which contained patios, containers, borders, trees, shrubs, fruit and vegetable, a pond and areas for wildlife.
This is a view of my childhood garden.
I have had small and large gardens, most of which have been started from scratch.
When I was 10 years old, I bought a little book for 1 shilling (1/- NET) which gave monthly instructions of what to do in the garden. It had 47 pages with black and white photos and was A5 size. The book was called: Ward Lock’s Gardening Calendar: What to Do and When to Do It. In flower garden; rock garden; fruit garden; vegetable garden and under glass:
I shall always remember how useful these lists were for me and my mother. Whenever I’ve given advice to friends and family who are started gardening, I think about these lists for each month.
It is now time for me to write these things down as a guide, which is why I’m starting this blog, as a 12 month project, starting October 2013. In my old gardening calendar, the monthly topics included; General Garden Work; The Flower Garden; The Vegetable Garden; The Fruit Garden; Shrubs and Trees.
In my blog, for each month I am using a check list format under the following headings:
- THIS MONTH’S CHECKLIST (Ten Top Things To Do)
- POTS & PATIOS
- PLANTING & PRUNING
- TREES & SHRUBS
- THE GREENHOUSE
- INDOOR PLANTS
- FRUIT GARDEN
- VEGETABLE GARDEN
- LAWNS, HEDGES & PATHS
- CHORES FOR THIS MONTH
I have included photographs and occasional topics of interest as well as some links to helpful websites and a bibliography.
I hope that small gardeners (ie. children) and gardeners of small gardens will find the checklist style helpful.