For me, daisies bring back memories of childhood. Daisies growing on the lawn or in the park….spending hours with my friends chattering and making daisy chains on the village green. Endless games of hide and seek, kerby, and making dams in the river. My kids can’t seem to comprehend how we “survived” back then, without phones and tablets and box sets on tap…but like many, I think life was simpler somehow.

Nowadays, I have a garden of my own and my own children. A new sense of responsibility, a lawn and plants that I’m not quite sure what to do with. I’m good at growing daisies, and clover, and dandelions….but when my neighbours started to offer to mow my lawn (really)  then I thought it was probably time to start to learn a new skill. And who doesn’t like flowers?

Aside from the flowers (ahem) in the lawn, I’ve managed to keep some plants alive in my garden as my Instagram feed will testify (a rather random selection of irises, roses and courgettes, featured alongside images of beautiful gardens and woodlands that inspire me)….but sadly some plants didn’t make it through the winter and I clearly have a lot to learn. 

Going to the garden centre was a bamboozling experience. We went and came back empty-handed. There were just so many products out there that I didn’t know where to start! And when I turned to Google, it seemed several of the products that I’d been looking at to improve my garden,  contained chemicals or products that either weren’t sustainable or had hazard warnings on them…don’t use near drains, poisonous to animals. That didn’t sit well with me.

It’s started me on a new path…to learn about organic gardening. After all, if we were all to look after our gardens sustainably, that’s got to be a good thing, right? Good for the environment, good for us and good for the bees. 

And as for my lawn, it seems clover is actually a good thing, according to garden organic –  it locks nitrogen into the soil, which is a natural fertiliser. The flowers also feed the bees, which is kind of wonderful. You can read more about growing an organic lawn on their website here.

I’m really looking forward to learning more about organic gardening and would love to hear if you have any tips in the comments section below. 

Useful links:

Royal Horticultural Society – Organic Gardening

The Soil Association

Garden Organic

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29 comments on “Simple living – a new gardening project”

  1. I am learning about organic lawn care and gardening, too, and I’m in the newbie stage. I have heard that a few clover and dandelions and crabgrass are good for the lawn (good for the soil, specifically). I just try not to let the weeds get TOO out of control 🙂 So far I’ve learned that good old hand weeding is quite effective. And I’ve learned that neem oil is very inexpensive per application, and it has gotten rid of the tiny mites that were eating our maple tree. Good luck with your efforts!

    • Thanks for your tips, Priscilla. I’ve not heard of Neem oil before so I’ll look that up. Good old hand weeding seems to be the way forward, I’ll have to enlist the kids to help me I think x

  2. Beautiful image of daisies at the top! I’d love a rose garden…one day. It shocks me too how something that’s about celebrating or working with nature can be so detrimental to it.

    • I’ve had some fails, too, Tori, so you’re not alone. Maybe we just need to start small 🙂 Gardening organically does sound lovely, doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. I love daisies and this summer has been all about teaching my eldest daughter how to make daisy chains. We’ve just moved house and next year is all about sorting the garden. I want a nice area to grow some lovely flowers and teach my girls too.

    • It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful summer, Laura 🙂 It’s great to encourage the kids to enjoy being outdoors and to enjoy the garden. I wonder what you’ll plant, I’m sure it will be wonderful x

  4. Aw, I am so similar. I adore my garden and try my best to look after it but I’m not always the best at keeping certain plants/flowers alive. It can be difficult as they all need different care. I love that you are going ahead with an organic garden. I think that is something I should try. I just would really love to bring in some more friendly bee flowers and other insects friendly plants. I want my garden to be all inviting. Even though this summer has been a little bit of a let down. xx

    • I think you’re right Tanita, there’s just so much to learn and I’d not thought of different plants needing different care. I think I need more plants that are hardy and stable 🙂 I’d love to hear how you get on with your garden, being “all inviting” just sounds so lovely xx

  5. I love flowers and admiring beautiful gardens but I am sooooo useless at gardening!! I literally can’t keep a basic house plant alive! We do love a daisy though and making daisy chains together!

    • I can totally empathize….my mum gave me a cactus to look after once; I thought that because they were desert plants they didn’t need watering at all. Luckily she was able to revive it, but she doesn’t ask me to look after plants anymore. I’m hoping that I can surprise her by getting my garden going x

    • Thanks, Jenni 🙂 My neighbour is such a wonderful gardener that I think she just loves helping out 🙂 All my neighbours have beautiful gardens so it does give me lots of inspiration xx

  6. Having just got back from holiday my garden is in serious need of some attention – it is all overgrown – the insects seem to like it though.

  7. We have a lot of clover in our lawn, but we don’t actually mind it and it helps brings the bees in which pollinate our fruit trees and plants.

  8. When I first moved to Cumbria I went on a horticulture course at Newton Rigg college. It was really interesting and had modules which you may be able to study on an individual basis. There was one on propagation and another on organic for example. I struggle to find the time to garden at the moment but do miss it.

    • I’ll maybe have a look into that, thank you! Finding the time is a problem here, too … I’m hoping that getting the kids involved will help. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. I’m not a brilliant gardener, but I am trying and learning and had lots of colourful blooms in my little front garden this year with nothing more than regular watering. We’ve tried to select flowers to encourage the bees and butterflies, which has worked well with the lavender. Now just to work on the back garden, which I would like to include a few vegetables. Definitely like the idea of the organic approach, and hoping I can get my ideal gardens eventually! x

    • Your garden sounds lovely Michelle, especially those flowers to enjoy the wildlife. I wonder which vegetables you’ll plant next year 🙂 Thanks for stopping by x

  10. I have to say I love people who have ‘busy’ gardens full of plants & blooming trees BUT I do love my garden which is just lawn!

    I couldn’t possibly look after flowers but i appreciate their beauty.
    I think I shall keep it basic <3

    Lovely post, I hope the organic gardening goes well for you x

  11. Glad I’m not the only one that finds garden centres overwhelming. Neither me or my partner know anything about plants and always find ourselves wondering around confused by all the choice.

    • Ahh, you’re not alone, Sarah! The last time I went….I took some photos on my phone of plants that I liked. I’m hoping to do a little bit of research before buying anything!

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