2015 resolutionsDo you have any gardening resolutions for 2015?

Back in December 2013 I vowed to do six things in 2014. Looking back makes for some soul-searching…

  • grow less food (to eat as much but to waste less)well I was more selective and grew smaller quantities of things over a longer period, so some progress there..

  • install a water feature (probably a half barrel) – didn’t manage this one, but a new opportunity has arisen for a possible wildlife pond in the old bonfire area, so watch this space..

  • stake my herbaceous plants earlier – I did do this, but managed to miss out some important clumps which lolled over in the beds, so extra vigilance required next year..

  • thoroughly mulch my fruit bushes with well-rotted manure – oh dear, my normal supplier wasn’t available so I had to make do with garden compost and a few bags of (not very good) roadside manure. I noticed (once more) a patch of raspberries (both summer and autumn fruiting) which failed to produce any fruit  – maybe it’s time for some new stock?

  • actively manage my compost bins – I did turn these a bit more and produced a reasonable supply, but could do better..

  • try to inspire some children and young people to get into gardening – good work here, I think. I helped my local Primary School gain RHS ‘5 star’ status and worked with some challenging students at a nearby High School, where some seemed enthusiastic and interested.

I helped youngsters at Cawston Primary School with their school gardening

I helped youngsters at Cawston Primary School with their school gardening

So what of 2015?

First, I guess I must roll over the un/part-achieved resolutions from this year and then add…

  • Developing my ‘heritage gardening’ skills by contributing to garde development and maintenance at Blickling Hall, our nearby National Trust property, where a 2 acre walled garden is being regenerated.

  • Contribute design and other advice to some local projects- e.g. my local Church yard and Primary School.

  • Complete the clearance of the woodland edge at Old School Garden and cover this with landscaping fabric to prevent the annual invasion of nettles into the Kitchen garden.

  • Design and develop the ‘wild garden’ area to the rear of Old School Garden, tidying up the old bonfire site and adjoining areas (possibly including a pond as noted above).

  • Continue to plant up the western woodland garden, including editing what’s already there and adding other plants to fill this out.

How about you?

Part of the gardens at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, where I'm shortly going to start voluntary gardening

Part of the gardens at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, where I’m shortly going to start voluntary gardening

Old School Gardener