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Sunday
Oct082006

Hooray for procrastination!

Aha! 2 posts in one weekend. See, not only am I feeling much better today, but I also have homework to do for a seminar tomorrow. So, blogging it is!

I know, I have been feeble at blogging since we moved house. So, I'm going to just show off a series of photos of the herb garden I've put in since we got here, just because I can, and to remind me what it looked like originally!

Our front garden is a bit of a slope up to the road:

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This was the view at the end of July, when we moved in. The road is at the top of the steps, about level with the upstairs of the house! We have garden out front either side of the steps, with no really obvious fences. We also (oddly) have 2 front doors. One 'proper' one, out of the hall, and one out of the kitchen. That makes the area to the left in that picture, just above the brick wall, perfect for a herb garden!

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This was my first effort at the end of August. It took a fair amount of clearing, actually. Because of the slope and the random stones, I couldn't really use a proper spade. You can see I gave up towards the right! I also had a bit of a go at terracing using the existing stones as I went along.

The tarragon, parsley and strawberries I've grown from seed, and the rosemary plant on the bottom right I've had in a pot for about 3 years, but I've brutally hacked it back this summer because it wasn't looking so happy. It's come back pretty well! The rest I had to buy, but they weren't too bad.

Yesterday, through my feeling generally rubbish, I cleared the rest of the grass and weeds, and this was the result:

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There's a new sage plant, that my parents bought for me. And the parsley has really thickened up! You can't see from the photo, but there are also three little seedling parsley plants which will hopefully replace those once they've flowered. You can also see the crops of radish and rocket! I think I'm going to keep using the front terrace for crops like that in the future. The bare patch to the right is seeded with borage which should come up for next spring (I hope!). I'm also hoping that everything else will keep on growing...

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