Hanging habitat and plants on the move

We hope the hanging basket construction will be good for ladybirds, lacewings and spiders to hang out - and we like the way it looks.

We hope the hanging basket construction will be good for ladybirds, lacewings and spiders to hang out - and we like the way it looks.

We finally got around to using and fixing two of the hanging baskets (and brackets) we were donated some time ago, now filled with pine cones, dried leaves and straw.

We also made a start on our scented mini garden around a bench. The soil was dug over by the Community Payback team and we enriched it with well-rotted horse manure.

First planting - and looking a bit floppy. We have an upright rosemary, three kinds of sage, lavenders, scented geraniums, thyme and an edging of chives (divided from a big clump we were donated. We will soon buy a climbing rose, alpine clematis and a dwarf honeysuckle, maybe a dwarf lilac and a winter flowering honeysuckle. And then add some bulbs later on.

First planting - and looking a bit floppy. We have an upright rosemary, three kinds of sage, lavenders, scented geraniums, thyme and an edging of chives (divided from a big clump we were donated. We will soon buy a climbing rose, alpine clematis and a dwarf honeysuckle, maybe a dwarf lilac and a winter flowering honeysuckle. And then add some bulbs later on.

Our salad bed is looking amazing - the curly and flat-leaved parsley and chard had germinated really well so we had lots of plants to thin out - some we potted them on to give away and made more rows in the bed too.

Some rather floppy thinned parsley plants in our salad row - when they perk up, we will probably move them on again.

Some rather floppy thinned parsley plants in our salad row - when they perk up, we will probably move them on again.