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tai haku

New veg garden

Thought I'd do a thread on the new garden we've been working on. When we bought the house it abutted a bit of land with an abandoned property on it that'd sat fallow for 30 odd years. Last year the owners started making moves to build a new property and submitted some rather lovely plans very sympathetic to how close they were to us. But they got refused planning permission (planning laws here are "complicated"). After a long stressful period we ended up buying the land and turning it into a new garden. We've got 2 kids under 2 (our second is 7 weeks old today) so its been a busy summer but I'm trying to get us ready to grow some stuff next year fairly seriously.

Like an idiot I didn't get any photos of just how horrendous the plot was before we started but I found this online. It's after the brick chimney collapsed but you can see a lot of the structure we had to remove and it'll give you an idea of what the ground looked like underneath the brambles, nettles and scrub.
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and here's what it looks like now from the top of the bank. 

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the idea was to make something practical for food gardening but also a neat area the boys can play in without trashing too much hence the raised beds.

There are 4 big beds for annual growing and 3 smaller ones for edible perennials and herbs. I'm still filling them. 1 is full of compostable materials I'm trying to get to rot down in place, the others have a dump truck full of spent mushroom compost between them at present. They'll get mulch layers of seaweed, horse manure and woodchip amongst other things to fill up. I may put some of the chickens in an enclosure in a raised bed for a few days each over winter to work things over too. and am planning a king stropharia woodchip mulch underneath the squash in their bed. Exciting times!
Rick & Carol

Those are some big beds!!! I'm impressed
horace

Well done that,s  a great job looking forward to updates  
kaz

Those before and after pictures shows how much work you have put into it  

Well done

We will continue to watch your progress with the garden.

Where do you live that planning is so complicated?
Dave C

Very well done  

Your hard work will reap you a lot of rewards next year  
sod

That is fantastic what a great place you have there.
tai haku

Thanks all! Nice to get lovely feedback.

kaz wrote:

Where do you live that planning is so complicated?


Guernsey Kaz.
bodger

Long time no see.  That's MAGNIFICENT !
tai haku

update on the new garden.....

herb bed...
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edible perennial bed


annual bed
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squash awaiting release....
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and the bed I didn't get filled is holding tates for a year...


toms and chillis in quadgrows in the new greenhouse.
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Yorkshire Geordie

What a site/sight - tremendous and well done on such a transformation.  
It's impressive.
Martyn
Dave C

Well done, like I said back in October
Your now reaping the rewards.

What veg are you doing this year?
tai haku

Thanks both

Dave C wrote:

What veg are you doing this year?


loads of different squash (mainly because two of the beds are pure rotted horse manure), one bed of potatoes (because I never got it filled) and then a bed of annual crops (parsnip, carrot, rocket, bok choi, purple sprouting brocolli, mooli, dill, celeriac, chard and beet) plus some random peach, apple and szechuan pepper seedlings I didn't immediately have a home for. We've got a load of dwarf french bean seedlings and some corn too, they'll be dotted about in holes.

The perennial bed has rhubarb, elephant garlic, welsh onion, globe artichokes, a salad burnet, blood sorrel and a load of our alpine strawberries in it (as well as some regular garlic that emerged from the compost alive and well).

Herb bed is mostly oreganos, majorums and thymes as much for the bees as for us as well as garlic and regular chives, ordinary strawberries, lovage, a couple of horse radish, dill, rosemary and sages as well as myoga ginger.
Christine

You are certainly gong to bring up your children knowing where their food comes from aren't you? With any luck they'll be so used to eating vegetables that it'll be normal for them when they get to mix with other children.
tai haku

Christine wrote:
You are certainly gong to bring up your children knowing where their food comes from aren't you? With any luck they'll be so used to eating vegetables that it'll be normal for them when they get to mix with other children.


we had our first harvest last night - just some rocket leaves so I made a little amuse bouche type salad of rocket leaves, olive oil, black pepper and parmesan on some giant spoons for me and the missus. Both kids grabbed rocket and insisted on having it when I told them it was from the garden. I suspect the 8 month old was just copying his brother but still....
sod

Good start with the children

Seems here most children eat broccilli, both our grandsons eat veges as our sons have gardens which they help with (both 3)
tai haku

I've got the bulk of the squash out now. This year's growlist:

Moschata
Lofthouse
Marina di chioggia
Futsu Black
[span style="font-size:13.3333px;"]Autumn Crown[/span]

Maxima
Winter Sweet
Blue Ballet

Pepo
Zeppelin delicata
Lofthouse krookneck
Defender zucchini
Piccolo zucchini
Jack-be-little
Hooligan

I planned space for 16 plants in the 2 raised beds and planted sufficient for throwaways in case of poor germination/poor growth. Naturally everything has done wonderfully and I'm now finding spaces to hide squash plants about the place as I feel guilty about the waste! The small square of sweetcorn I put in has become a "two-sisters" bed and I'm making noises about how ornamental some varieties are with an eye on the ornamental borders.

I'm planning to interplant the squash in the main beds with tomatillos and borage. Not sure how that will go but it feels like it'll look interesting and attract bees. We'll see.
sod

Sounds fantastic, we planted peas next to our corn to grow up them also peas fix nitrogan and corn need it  
tai haku

by way of update, we're tucking in....






one of the squash beds has gone nuts the other is full of slugs!


winter sweet is running rampant whilst hooligan has been surprisingly well behaved and the lofthouse moschatas are just now starting to really stretch their legs....


in the greenhouse curling through the peppers and toms watermelons are growing.....
lofthouse landrace x charleston gray


lofthouse landrace
Yorkshire Geordie

Beautiful looking plants, making my mouth water just looking at them.
You''ve done well in no time at all, or so it seems to me.  
Martyn
horace

Great looking selection  
sod

They are looking / tasting   great I bet

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