Bucket List No. 7 and No. 20 – Grow my own Vegetables and Plant a Tree

30 Aug

In October 2009, I bought my flat in the East End of London with a pretty reasonable sized garden.  Getting it into shape was one of those things that stayed on my to do list for the next three years, until I started out on number 7 and 20 of my bucket list.

The best thing about these two bucket list items is that they’ve made me quite green-fingered.

Unfortunately, my “before” pic got lost so I want you to imagine a garden with paving at the near end and the rest a rectangular patch of mud and soil.

This is what it looks like now…

Our garden

Our garden

I say it made me green fingered but it was my husband who did a lot of the hard work – laying the paving at the far end (where we get all the sun), building the lean-to shed (just out of shot on the right) and digging up the garden.  I’m mostly the ideas person.

The grass is growing a bit like the hair on my dad’s head in this pic but now it’s covered most of the garden.  We need to plant some more seeds to cover up a few patches but it’s looking like a proper lawn.

Once you get started with gardening, you can’t stop.  There’s something really satisfying about it and with the recent heatwave we’ve had, it’s been so lovely having dinner outside.  I even bought some solar fairy lights and put some lights along the sides which look magical at night.

Here’s the tree I planted…


And here’s my vegetables!  From left to right, I’m growing courgettes, spinach, cabbage and carrots.

My veg at 4 weeks

My veg at 4 weeks

Courgettes at 5 weeks

Courgettes at 5 weeks

For those of you wanting to try growing your own veg, it was really simple.  I bought seed trays, a mixed bag of seeds and a propagator – basically a shallow tray with a plastic lid which acts like a mini greenhouse and looks like this …

Two week old seedlings

Two week old seedlings

The instructions on the seed packets tell you what time of the year you can plant the seeds, how deep to plant them how many should go in each tray.  Once they’ve grown to a few inches high, move them out of the propogator into planters with compost and water them every day.

The veg seem to be growing pretty well except for the spinach which has shrivelled up for some reason, but three out of four isn’t bad.  The courgettes are especially hardy and have grown really well so they’re a good one to start with.

I have no idea if I’m going to grow anything I can actually eat, but it’s been a lot of fun trying and it’s made my garden look ten times better.  And with a 3 week old baby who knows how long it’s going to last for?  As much fun as it’s been, gardens need constant attention and tending to, a bit like babies!  While it does last though, it’s my favourite part of our home and I’m going to make the most of it while we still have some sunshine.

Now on to my next bucket list item…


2 Responses to “Bucket List No. 7 and No. 20 – Grow my own Vegetables and Plant a Tree”

  1. kimlhine November 27, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    great work.
    I just started digging over my front yard garden beds and decided to plant veggies, I put them out the front because we have two dogs who eat everything!
    I’m enjoying your bucket list!
    Kim from Australia

    • notsuchagirliediary December 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks! It was really therapeutic too – glad you’re enjoying it, will be doing a new one for 2015 soon 🙂

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