Hello! I am a new-person to gardening, but wanted to make a sort of picture diary of things that have been done in the garden and are growing, to keep a record of what I have learned and what is growing. Hopefully other people may find this interesting or of info when they are just starting out too! Also I see how much the GC Gang love pictures of plants and gardening... Since I was a kid, I was always wanting to know a bit more about the countryside but not really appreciating how much plants work for us. This is the first time I have lived somewhere which has a garden, and so I wanted to make it look nice and try growing things, to see what happened! I rent, but am allowed to do a bit to the back garden - as long as there are no structural changes. The garden is only small, about 15m long at the longest point, and about 6m wide at the widest point. Most is laid to lawn with a border on the right hand side. When I first came here, the whole garden was grassy (to look at) however a closer inspection revealed numerous weeds, thistley plants and horrible spikey things in the lawn. I bought a weeding tool and removed them as i saw them, and seeded over with Wilko grass seed (pay by weight), and thankfully none of the horrible thistles and spikes have come back since! The garden is not a regular shape! I have a few tools but can't afford to spend much on gardening or plants, so most of what I am doing is on the cheap (or re-purposing things in other ways). In the first year I put in three French Lavender plants, which died after a year and a half - I hadn't learned how to plant something properly and hadn't worked the earth enough either!!! Oh well - that was a lesson learned. I tried some spring bulbs too with varying success (alliums excellent, tulips good, bought a bad batch of daffodil bulbs which ended up possibly being mini daffs!!!) - all these bulbs were bought late on in the year, mainly in the Wilko and The Range sales. I also tried to experiment with growing a few things from seeds I had around the house, such as nigella and mustard (from culinary seeds in the kitchen!) but was trying to grow them in a cool environment and possibly not enough light to help them along. The one thing I really enjoyed though, was chamomile! I used a compost-filled tray, and cut open two chamomile tea bags. I sprinkled the contents over the tray, watered and kept misted, and kept in the light. After a few days, the viable seeds in the teabags grew into tiny seedlings! I was very surprised!! I learned how to prick them out and pot on, and the plants grew. These were planted in the border, and it was lovely to admire the flowers and scent, and then pick some of the heads for freshly brewed chamomile tea too! There will be more updates to this as I collect pictures back of what I have done and grown here, as I have now been here a couple of years. Lots more to follow, especially as I am now in the process of applying for an allotment in the plots nearby - fingers crossed!!