We have been working really hard for the past two weeks planning, designing and preparing a new vegetable garden at the bottom of our garden. The ground really wasn’t being used for anything, so we decidid to convert it into something productive.
We first cleared the area and then marked our beds, dug them using the double digging technique. This takes quite a while and then we added loads of compost and raised the beds so that they have a dome shape.
We saw this type of fencing in one of Monty Don’s books, called The Complete Gardiner, and loved it, so we decided to utilise this for our little fences and it turned out quite well. We have quite a few Mulberry trees and pruning season has just passed so we had plenty of long Mulberry branches for weaving the borders of our vege beds, they are nice and pliable, so therefore perfect.
Yesterday we all planted out seedlings, at the moment, we have beetroot, cabbage, butter lettuce and onions. We will also plant cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkin, butternut etc… but the beds need to be prepared first. The whole family has been very involved in this project and have enjoyed it tremendously. I can’t wait for these veggies to grow. We are trying to become more self sufficient and also to have a continuous supply of vegetables, we are getting there!
I also love looking at Rhonda’s blog, called down to earth, she always has the most fantastic postings and information! Thanks Rhonda!!