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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.
Untitled by Wayne, on Flickr

and here's what it looks like now from the top of the bank. 

Untitled by Wayne, on Flickr
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!
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Those are some big beds!!! I'm impressed
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Well done that,s  a great job looking forward to updates  
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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?
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Very well done  

Your hard work will reap you a lot of rewards next year  
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That is fantastic what a great place you have there.
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Thanks all! Nice to get lovely feedback.

kaz wrote:

Where do you live that planning is so complicated?


Guernsey Kaz.
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Long time no see.  That's MAGNIFICENT !
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update on the new garden.....

herb bed...
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edible perennial bed


annual bed
Untitled by Wayne, on Flickr


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.
Untitled by Wayne, on Flickr
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What a site/sight - tremendous and well done on such a transformation.  
It's impressive.
Martyn
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Well done, like I said back in October
Your now reaping the rewards.

What veg are you doing this year?
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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.
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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.
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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....
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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)
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