Jane’s new veg garden project

The latest project is to do away with the four oldest raised beds (those directly opposite the two greenhouses) and replace them with 3, set out north-south rather than east-west. This will give me more room to walk around them all.

The beds were bought as kits and have done well but the photo below gives an example of how they are all deteriorating.

1. Example of rotting bed

I’ve almost completely emptied one. There’s just a bit of wood chip to get out of the bottom of it. I’ll be glad not to have them in this direction because, as you can see, it’s jammed against a small rain butt on the greenhouse and this is a nuisance.

2. Empty bed

The raised bed in the photo below isn’t rotting. I cover it with netting throughout the whole year because of the leaves and seeds that fall from next-door’s sycamore, just over the fence. I topped up the bed with compost/topsoil from the empty one once the beets had finished and put a good layer of my own compost on it for the worms to work on over the winter. I bought this fine netting when I had a go at growing cabbage and thought I would give the bed extra cover to stop anything from the tree dropping through the not-so-fine black netting already there. The builder’s bag is holding the remaining compost.

3. Builder’s bag of compost and raised bed covered under sycamore

I’ve also been reclaiming the lane and you can probably appreciate that all sorts of stuff grows on it. It’s a never ending job but I don’t like to use weedkiller and I tell myself that it helps to keep me fit!

4. Reclaimed lane at gate

Yesterday I dug up a shrub that has rarely flowered so that I could see my Viburnum Eve Price, which was being obscured by it. I then pruned the viburnum a bit and found this lovely old nest in it, complete with what I think is a wren’s egg.

5. Nest and egg

And now the garden is getting a bit more colour from the lovely cyclamen.

6. Cyclamen and honesty

Just 3 more beds to go!

8 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    Looks like a job and a half Jane, but well worth it :good: I love the mixture of wild and cultivated that you have, and that last photo of Cyclamen is really pretty :good: Our ‘late’ Sycamore tree that used to live next door was a pain with it’s drippings and sproutings, but I miss it and the Nuthatches and Treecreepers that used to live in it! :rose:

  2. cilla says:

    A lot of hard work Jane but worth it when you have your raised beds how you want them. The cyclamens are so pretty aren’t they? Ours were all there when we came and seem to have moved around a lot. I have found white and pink ones.

  3. VegVamp says:

    Wow, that looks like it will be a great Job Jane, though a lot of hard work. A bit more room round the raised beds will be much easier to work with. :good: Your cyclamen is gorgeous, lovely to have that splash of later colour. :-)

  4. Morning Jane,you have been busy you need veg beds that you can work around. As you say keeping on top of Hyde growth weed’s etc in your lane will keep you fit. Our boundaries are always growing.

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