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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
And now the garden is getting a bit more colour from the lovely cyclamen.
Just 3 more beds to go!