While ago I planned to start describing one part of my garden at the end of the each month. Well, apart from the first and only post, I didn’t really move from there. Not so long ago I stumbled upon one gardening blog, which started a trend of reviewing the garden at the end of the each month. Anyone can join in with their review, and a lot of people actually do so, sharing their blog posts in the comments of the original poster of the view. So I thought to my self, this is what I wanted to write about anyways, but in this way I just might push myself to write about the garden on a regular basis. Let’s see if I manage.
Since I don’t really have a big garden, but only random chunks of land which I try to use the most for gardening purposes, I will follow the growth of multiple planting areas I have. I like to have some system when doing the things I love, so gardening is no exception. I have divided the planting sport into 10 parts, each having their own planting logic (ex. number 8 contains only vegetables and herbs, 9 has only decorative plants and so on).
April in Serbia was a good month for gardening in Serbia (apart from few really cold days and frequent wind). The temperature was mostly above 20 degrees and there was enough rain so that the plants could flourish.
Part No. 6 is one of the smallest areas, consisting out of a small triangle of land and roof tiles pilled one on another, on top of which I put all kinds of different decorative plants in pots. Most notable are yellow primroses, followed by violet and orange pansy. On top of the roof tiles are small seedlings of evergreen trees, which I collect from all over the neighborhood (basically, when ever I see a small seedling of trees out in the street or in some deserted areas I tend to root it out and plant into pots back home, where after a year or two, when it gets bigger, I replant it somewhere in the town, where trees are needed.). Bellow the roof tiles, in the small triangle, most of the space is reserved for ivy, which is slowly growing and overtaking the tiles.
Part No.8 is reserved for vegetables and herbs. It is one of the biggest parts in the garden. Towards the end of April, temperatures were high enough to plant seedlings of cucumbers and 4 different types of tomatoes, which need warm weather. I planted them at the edges of the planting place, so they would make sort of a green wall.
In the central part of No.8 , herbs are located. So far only rosemary and lavender are growing strong. I have also planted small seedlings of wild mint and red basil, which are yet to start getting bigger.
I saved one cabbage plant from last year. Primarily because I wanted to see how the plant looks like when fully grown, but also for the use of the seeds. When allowed to grow, cabbage can grow even up to 1,5 meters in heights and has yellow flowers.
On the west wall of the No.8 part of the garden, there are pots with all kind of different vegetables, herbs and fruits – red basil, lemon, rosemary, spanish lavender, sage, rocket (rucola) and others.
East side of No.8 is bordering with a small pathway, which separates it with No.9, where are decorative plants, mostly flowers. East side contains parsley, one big sage, and one small golden sage.
Just outside of vegetable and herb ‘realm’, there are multiple hosta plants. Just because I didn’t know where to classify them, they are the only non edible plant of the No.8. But they look cool nonetheless.
This picture is from the very begging of the month where red daisies and hyacinths dominated the N0.9
In the middle of No.9, there is young cherry tree, which had its first blossom this year. Hope we will be able to taste first fruits of it this summer.
No.7 is a medium patch of land and bunch of pots with mixed and pretty much quite random plants. At the moment the most interesting plant is a quince tree which started blossoming. the tree really brought cheerful colours to the garden.
Apart from the plants inside of the yard, I’m trying to maintain small patches of planting space around the house. This is sometimes pretty hard, because of the annoying habit of people to pick the plants, destroy the makeshift fence or to completely root out the plant. In April, total of 4 plants have disappeared from the outer gardens. There is a saying, that if one steals a plant from someone that the plant will survive the transfer and continue growing. This belief is still practiced even today, especially with older women (couple of grandmas have been spotted on various occasions). Anyways, I made a saying of my own ‘They can’t take as much as I can plant’. In the outer gardens I’m mainly planting things I have in abundance in the yard, and which I can replace if needed. On the picture is N0.2. There are some violets, wild majoram, milfoil, thuja, hosta and others. Interesting thing is that N0.2 is not exactly in front of my home, but in fact it is in front of the neighbors part, which no one was using since I remember it. So I just transformed it into a small garden.For the end, I’m sharing with you this little makeshift nursery for young plants, which I am growing from seeds, and which will be planted in the garden. In April there were tomatoes, zucchinis, broccoli and spicy paprika.