Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds

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Rain and Raised Beds

Garden Update 06/05/2017

Garden Update 13th May

Allotment Update

It’s been a bit of a damp week here in Devon so progress has been slow on the allotment. I’m not shy of wet weather but with mum sticking to your boots and a house needing to be prepped prior to a shipping container arriving I had to take a sensible approach. Earlier on in the week, I did manage to get the wood prepared and start building some raised beds on site.

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
Blackcurrants, Loganberry and strawberries settling in

I have a Loganberry, three varieties of Blackcurrant (I love me some Ribena); Ben Nevis, Baldwin, and Ben Lomand.┬áThe Strawberries are Florence and Cambridge Favourite. I had my heart set on some Mara des Bois, after they were recommended┬áby James Wong, but a large online supplier let me down with the order. These rushed plants were cheap from a local nursery so I hope they’re tasty.

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
Trying to take away to B&Q orange from the plot.

The uprights are supposed to serve as dog lead guards and prevent the plants being decapitated by an enthusiastic golden retriever. However, they’re a little spindlier than I had envisaged and the angles are slightly off giving it a Kerplunk effect.

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
Four donated strawberry plants

After all the rain I managed a couple of hours at the site and installed four more established strawberry plants of unknown variety. These were kindly donated by my mother.

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
The permanent plantings of the herb bed

The herb bed is now up and running. A central Bay tree will be closely clipped to stop it taking over. I have three types of mint (apple, garden and chocolate peppermint) in pots sunk into the ground. Hyssop, Rosemary, Thyme, Bronze fennel and Marjoram.

Greenhouse Update

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
Romanesco, Kale and PSB seedlings

I may get accused of being a control freak but with the regimented lines of these seedlings, it’s hard to refute. Pleasingly quick to germinate, these will go up the allotment when they’re big enough for cropping next spring.

Garden Update 20th May 2017: Rain and Raised Beds
Hesperis matronalis

I have finally dredged up enough modular seed trays to pot on my Sweet Rocket. There’s still another small pot pleading for release but they’ll have to wait.

 

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