Time is going so quickly, there is lots to do but we are getting there tidying up the nursery area, the planted borders and working on the existing stock to bring it back to a sell-able state. It is tiring working seven days but I am really enjoying it and getting a kick out of running my own place. We've had customers and been working on marketing and spreading the word about what we are doing, where we are and our plans for the future of the nursery and gardens here.
|Salvia in a recycled tin can|
As well as the above jobs, I have been creating ideas and nice places in the nursery. The Salvia in the photo above sits with some old watering cans at the end of the potting bench where customers come to pay. Tin cans can be recycled into plant containers, this is an extra large one and I am pleased with how it looks.
|David hired a new toy for the weekend to burn of the weeds, he had great|
fun, because we are on an organic farm we have to avoid chemicals
The big border at the entrance to the nursery got its back boards on last week which meant we could put the bark on so it didn't fall into the stream! The bark has really lifted the bed and plants look so much better now they have light, air and no weeds to hold them back. The bark will help suppress weeds and be easier for me to manage as well as making the place look good. It will also help retain moisture. Here is a blog I wrote on using bark in the garden two years ago.
|Before the bark goes down|
|With the bark, which this week is now right up to where the trees start at the top of the photo|
|First we got these lovely hazel hurdles delivered|
|Then we put up these posts|
|Then we put the two together|
The wind whips across the sales area past the office and doesn't do the plants on the sales tables much good so we decided to put up a screen. This will also hide the work area at the back and we wanted something robust and that looked good, so hazel hurdles it was. They were delivered in a few days and wired onto the posts, I am really pleased with how they look and now they provide a nice back drop to the seating area I have created.
|A seating area for customers, with scented plants, plants with foliage interest and pretty flowers, you|
can sit and admire the view over the gardens to the hills beyond. Today I added some pots of mint, the
scent is lovely
|The guys have built more tables and I have filled them with tempting plants|
|There are now more tables behind with trees and shrubs|
|Looking up the track where I have been weeding another border and finding plants|
|We've had lots of this kind of delivery|
|Spreading the word|
|Colour on the sales tables|
|Yellows, blues and whites go well together|
|Our new leaflets were delivered this week|
Next on the job list is to keep sorting out the existing stock, tidying the previously planted up borders and more marketing. David is also working on a project that will make a feature of the troughs that hold the water plants for sale. More of that later.
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