Jane’s revamp of small raised beds
Until we got the van earlier in the year, the concrete was my space for all my small raised beds and two builders’ bags for growing blackcurrants, strawberries, salad, potatoes and last year, sweetcorn. So that OH could park the van, I moved what I could of the beds to one side and put 3 not in the photo below elsewhere in the garden.
The beds weren’t getting much sun and it was a tight squeeze to park the van and also to get in and out of it, as well as pack it when we went away. A couple of days ago I decided to move the wooden beds and as the builders’ bags have courgette plants in, these will be moved later in the year to the space in front of this side of my shed. The table and chairs will also be moved elsewhere.
I did these two beds first. They are on the side of the ditch and just in front of my shed door. I planted some asters in the long one and will put 2 heucheras and some red astrantia in the small one. The little concrete block with the hollow is for some mint and it won’t be able to spread. I finished these yesterday.
I also sorted the herb garden yesterday. Originally it was in the old shower tray which has been dragged around to various places on the concrete and latterly on to the gravel. It was chipboard underneath and collapsing.
You can see what the herbs look like now in the bed I used to use for strawberry plants.
In February, I moved two small raised beds near to one of greenhouses and have been using them for salads.
Today I did the last bed, the same size as these two and this was quite difficult because of where I wanted to put it. It is further to the right of the small raised beds in the photo above and very close to the ‘bike’ shed. This whole strip of bed is sloped and against the neighbour’s fence. I thought this would be a good place for it as it would help me control the Russian comfrey and Vinca major that I have been growing to hide the fence.
It took me ages to level the area to get the bed even but I had company from two robins who found lots of worms and got very close to me!
This is the view from the gate along the path.
And this is the reason for doing all this work: apart from the builders’ bags, an empty concrete space for the van!
Time for dinner now!