Garden blogging for the last 18 months has really expanded my knowledge without me really realising that I was absorbing so much information. However, I realised today that my knowledge has recently expanded even more since I started writing a week post on gardening for Yell.com.
I hadn’t really thought about how I would find things to write about each week. I suppose I just assumed that it would be like writing my own blog. But when someone is paying you, you start to think that maybe you should make a bit more of an effort to write something coherent and useful. On top of this I have to find photos to accompany my posts and they have to be my photos or ones I have permission to use. This wasn’t so bad when I started back in the summer but with winter fast approaching I am beginning to struggle to come up with ideas.
So my gardening books have been dusted off especially those that take you through the year and I suspect my garden is going to be the better for this. This week I was at a loss what to write about. I had already done berries, autumn colour, grasses, planting bulbs etc. So there I was leafing through one of my books and I came across tidying up the wildlife pond for winter.
Now I wouldn’t say that I don’t tidy up my pond but it is something that that gets neglected and I put off especially on a cold damp day. But a photo was required so I set to taking a before photo of my congested pond. I have some water forget-me-not which had taken over. After an hour I was very pleased with how much better the pond looked despite the muddy churned up water.
On top of this beneficial hour of industry both for me and the pond I also learnt from the book that I could overwinter my water hyacinths. I hadn’t thought of this before but it makes perfect sense. So I fished them out of the pond, washed the duck weed off and put them in a tub of water. For some reason the book said there needed to be a layer of earth at the bottom but didn’t say why so I dutiful followed instructions. The tub is now in my frost free greenhouse and I am really pleased with the idea that my water hyacinth will overwinter.
So garden blogging is actually improving my gardening knowledge which is quite funny as I am meant to be providing hints and tips – talk about learning on the job!!!!!.
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