Veg Patch 2019

Over the last few years I’ve had a fair amount of success from the veg patch…

But I’ve also been getting increasingly frustrated with the poor use of space! Over the years I have increased the amount of herbs and soft fruit I grow and therefore lost a lot of veg growing space.

For the last three years I’ve had just one veg bed and have been rotating legumes brassicas and roots within that bed and trying to grow any extras in pots. This means I have to wait for a couple of years in between growing my favourite things: potatoes, broccoli, beans etc etc. It’s good for the soil to have this rotation as it maintains the balance of nutrients and keeps down pests… but I want to grow a bit of everything every year.

So I’ve had a move around and put in some raised bed frames to give it some structure… I thought you might like to see the before and after shots!

It’s still pretty messy, but it’s a much more practical layout and will hopefully be a much more productive veg patch! I now have three veg beds at the bottom of the garden so that I can grow a little bit of everything in each year and rotate between them.

One of the two smaller beds is for herbs and the other for strawberries. I have also moved my blueberry bush so it’s more accessible next to the strawberry bed (but virtually invisible in the image because it’s currently dormant and leafless). I hope it’s survived the move! The side fence has both summer and autumn fruiting raspberries growing up it and I even have a little space left in the corner if you know of a small fruit bush that doesn’t mind shade?

Last year we barely used the herbs and they became massively overgrown – simply because they were difficult to get to! Having more defined beds will help with keeping everything tidy and the new paths will mean we can reach everything without having to limbo under the tree/ walk on the soil.

I can’t wait to get some seedlings going now!

Spring has Sprung

It’s been a very long winter with a few false starts where odd days have felt spring-like. But now the snow has cleared, the clocks have gone forward and this week has properly felt like spring!

After a winter of neglect, I’ve started pottering around the garden – enjoying the daffodils and crocuses and looking forward to eating the purple sprouting broccoli that’s just starting to peek out from in between the leaves.

I love this time of year when everything is growing and colour is coming back to the garden – I know that it will all look so different in just a few weeks.

As usual- I’ve got lots of plans for the garden this year… but I also want to do some work on the house so I don’t expect I’ll get it all done!

The priorities are building a step up to the wall that dad and I built last summer. It will replace the wobbly pile of bricks we’re currently using to step up to the patio area!

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And the second priority is replacing the picket fencing around my fruit, veg and herb patches. It’s seen better days and the wood has rotted and broken in places. I want to start by building a cage for the strawberry patch but haven’t quite worked out the rest yet!

I’m also hoping for a good hydrangea year because they will be my wedding flowers! She’s got off to a good start so fingers crossed.

Happy Easter everyone x