The First Garden Projects of 2022

We have finally had some sunshine and milder days recently, albeit with a chilly wind and snow flurries in between. But the blue sky has enticed me outdoors to start my first gardening project of the year: widening the Herb Bed.

Well, actually two projects: the grass that I am removing is going into the bottom of the two new raised planters which were assembled last week. 👍

These will be permanent fixtures on the patio for salad crops and vegetables, safe from the hares. (And slugs!)😃

I put some larger garden debris right at the base, then a layer of sods, and next week I shall find some twiggy stuff before another layer of soil and then compost finishes it off. Some of the soil I need has kindly been provided by my industrious little garden helpers. 😂😂😂

Each morning we awaken to a few more molehills, and it has been too wet to remove them yet. The (mostly) nocturnal culprits are advancing towards my flower beds…. 😯

Back to the Herb Bed. Nearly done in this photo, where you can see some large pieces of old paving slabs I had to dig out. A sprinkling of snow delayed progress today, but work will be resumed in a day or two.

 Can’t wait to get sowing. The new space will be filled with dill, parsley, chives, artemisia annua, nigella sativa, borage, coriander, and perhaps a few decorative salvias. 😃

Have you got any new projects coming up? Do share!

Happy gardening!


52 thoughts on “The First Garden Projects of 2022

  1. Nice to get out doing garden related things. Love the planters– are they cedar?
    Isn’t it amazing how much soil can get pushed up by moles in one night? Our ground is frozen solid, one night it was about –15C and I was astonished to see a 15″ mound that morning! How do those little guys do that? Soil aerators 🙂 at least they don’t eat plants. 😉

    • Hi Eliza. The planters are mountain larch, so should last but will turn grey. I might put some linseed oil on them at a later date. The moles must be muscular! Hopefully we will put them off once we start working outdoors, mowing etc.

  2. It’s always fun to “find” more planting space! Best wishes in managing the moles. If they’re anything like gophers, I imagine you have your work cut out for you in getting them to move out.

    • We have had moles in the past and they usually just leave at some stage. I think mowing and moving around the garden will deter them in summer. I hope so anyway!

  3. Wow I love those raised planters. No more aching backs ! My most ambitious project is to try and keep the garden from overwhelming me ! A few years ago I created several new beds, made lots of mistakes, had to change lots of plants so now I’ve decided to calm down a bit and concentrate on quality ! 😉 Your new herb bed will be fantastic when it’s finished.

    • I know exactly what you mean Judith. I have expanded the garden a lot in the last two years and must slow down this year or I won’t be able to keep it in check. Just a few gaps to fill and more veggies and herbs this year. (Famous last words!) 😉

  4. I am jealous Cathy we had a glorious 68 F Day, and it was so welcome, then 2 days later a foot of snow I finally cleaned up yesterday it took 2 days to finish even with a tractor. While my raised beds were soaking in the sun I looked to see if my garlic or Asparagus had begun to emerge thankfully not.

    I also filled all the raised beds with goodies last year and seems I need to order more compost as all beds rotted nicely and have dropped 10 inches or so. The moles and voles here are crazy but no bunnies yet but with a visiting fox and many coyote they probably keep the numbers in check.

    Enjoy your early gardening and stay safe over there the world is coming apart 😦

    • Filling the raised beds will be the most work I think… need some topsoil but it is still too wet to drive down to our compost heap with the tractor without tearing up the grass. Patience, I keep telling myself! I still have plenty of time before I can start sowing anyway! Wishing you warm sunshine Eunice! 🤗

  5. Those planters look tempting to plan and plant. I haven’t got my head into a planning stage this year. I am still waiting for inspiration. I like the idea of decorative Salvias in with the herbs. I do not think you can have too many Salvia in the garden. Amelia

    • I have become quite a fan of salvias in the last two years. It is not easy to find different ones in garden centres, but an online nursery will be getting a fat order from me soon! 😉 My cuttings were not successful from last year’s, with only one surviving.

    • The mole hills are actually not too much of a problem as they can be cleared away and the moles don’t actually eat my plants…. unlike the mice! That is another problem…. but the planters have a wire mesh in the base. 😃

  6. What great projects, I think the raised planters will help keep the critters away, and they will look good too. Widening the herb bed must have been hard work – I speak from experience of widening beds in this garden – how’s your back? I seem to get backache from just digging a hole to plant a small shrub! What are you going to do about the moles?

    • The planters have built in slug barriers (a metal band under the top board) so I am pretty sure they will be unable to get in. The hares were more of a problem last year, nibbling lettuces and strawberries! And the zucchini seemed to be left alone, strangely enough…. Definitely thinking long-term with these planters. I am not getting any younger! LOL!

  7. Raised pots are divine and you are sure to have good harvests of salads and vegetables. The moles will provide you with the land 🤔!!! Expanding the herb bed is fantastic and with everything you are going to plant it will become a wonderful pantry full of sublime fragrances: I love it. Cathy, I’m glad you started gardening this year. Happy gardening! I wish you good weather so you can finish your herb bed! Take care of yourself. Have a great week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita 😘

      • Those days will come soon 😉!!!!! Then you will have all spring and summer and you will be hot. Patience!!! Have a wonderful week and if it can be with a sunny day and good weather. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita 😘🌞

  8. A most ambitious project for so early in the year. The ground here is either too wet or too frozen to do anything with it. You are lucky that your ground and weather are cooperating so early. Looking forward to seeing it finished and growing.

    • It is still rather early, but I know I will be rushed off my feet once spring really arrives, so am trying to get ahead! It is too cold at the moment to work outside, despite some sunny days, but should be a bit warmer by next week and I can get this done and ticked off the list. 😉 I hope your winter is not too drawn out this year Cindy, and you can start enjoying your own garden again soon. 😃

  9. Oh that looks excellent, so clean and neat and perfectly prepared for a new season of planting.
    I also love the raised planters! It will seem like an endless supply of soil is needed to fill them but no more bending sounds perfect. That and having the tastiest things out of reach of the marauders is going to be a nice change

    • You are right about the soil…. I swear those planters are bottomless. Everything I put in seems to shrink overnight! 😉 Still, I have plenty of time to fill them up before I can plant anything…. stil very frosty at night here.

      • heh heh, I had to resort to throwing wood and prunings in and hiding them under a layer of soil. To ease the guilt I called it ‘Hugelkultur’ and pretended I was trendy 😉

  10. Wonderful new space – so exciting to fill it up. I really like your planters, too. They will be perfect against the hares etc when filled! Isn’t it lovely to be gardening in the sunshine again?

    • It certainly did me good to get out in the garden last week Cathy. It has been such a wet and dreary winter I had not been able to tidy anthing up. It is still damp, and very cold again now, but the longer days and a good forecast are encouraging. Hope to get this project finished soon, and move on to the next one. 😃 Happy gardening Cathy!

  11. Ah, now I see what you‘ve been up to! We too have raised beds but only a bit which is already a help as I can sit on the edge when I‘m working. Moles aplenty here too, I gather the soil but although it looks crumbly it soon turns into concrete. Looking forward to see your herb bed develop. 🙂

    • What kind of soil do you have Annette? My last garden was chalky and stony, while here it is perhaps what they call sandy loam. Slightly acidic. It can bake really hard, but when moist it is lovely and crumbly. I counted a hundred molehills and stopped there as it was just too scary! LOL!

      • Sandy loam is great, we have it in Switzerland. Here we have clay and it’s very challenging as not many plants like the extremes of summer and winter.

  12. I love the idea of your raised beds, Cathy, and widening the herb garden is going to be so satisfying. We’ve been removing some sod, also, and it’s a lot of work! I admire your progress. It’s good to hear that you’re enjoying some milder days and can work ahead of spring. I will enjoy seeing your beds evolve. 🙂

  13. Gosh, you can clearly see the moles’ line of advance in your photo – at least their spoil will go a small way to filling up those planters! It’s the opposite of when you are digging a hole and the amount of soil that comes out looks far more than you would think possible! How exciting to have a project on the go, and no doubt you will be looking forward to having those crops close to hand. I have been ordering grasses for the bed I am changing, but have yet to remove the plants from the bed they are going in – because I will then have to find somewhere else for them to go!

    • Yes, everything is connected isn’t it! I can’t make progress on my planters unti it is dry enough to collect twigs and stuff for the next layer before I put the molehill soil on top. But at least it looks like it will stay dry for a week or so, albeit very cold.

    • There is no bottom to the planter, so I needed something that was nice and compact as a base inside, along with lots of twiggy plant material. Seems to have worked well so far. 😃

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