My very first posts on this blog were all about my vegetable garden. As time has gone on my creative crafting adventures have taken over the blog, but I would like to keep track of gardening, especially vegetable gardening, as well. So anything garden related will now be flagged as a ‘Garden Diary’ entry, so if you are just tuning in for crafting parts then you can skip the garden entries. I know lots of crafters also enjoy gardening though, so hopefully it can all live happily in the same website/blog.
Before moving to the Highlands of Scotland, I used to live in the north west of England on the Wirral Peninsula. My ex-husband and I used to love watching The Good Life and decided to dig up most of our backgarden and turn it into a vegetable plot.
When my current husband and I bought this house we didn’t do very much with the garden for a few years. Then in 2009 I started off with just 3 double height raised borders made from some pallet collars.
Then in 2011 with some money my grandad left me, I was able to draw up plans and make a proper vegetable garden area and install a greenhouse.
In the photo below you can see what I grew in the 6 borders over the last 10 years. This is handy for doing crop rotation.
During 2018 and 2019 I just grew Green Manure mix in some of the beds to give them a rest, but really the soil/compost needs to be replaced at the end of this season. 2.5 beds are now just for flowers, which rhubarb takes up the other 0.5.
In 2017 I had a fruit border added along the side of where the vegetable garden is. I transplanted my 3 x blueberry bushes that had been in pots, a jostaberry (cross between a gooseberry and blackcurrant), a juneberry (that died) and a couple of artichokes. We don’t eat the artichokes, just leave it as an ornamental (the one nearest the fence has since died. The only photo I can find has Ylva in it and a glimpse of this new border.
So this will be the final summer with these old and falling apart raised borders. Once the season has passed then I will be able to replace them with the new pallet collars which I have painted and will be double height and will be filled with a mix of mostly compost with some top soil mixed in as well.
This is the latest photo I have taken of the garden. To the left of the greenhouse are 2 compost bins and to the right there are 2 water butts and a variety of pots are hidden. The blueberry bushes and jostaberry bush are now pretty big and have really filled out the fruit border. If you can see the post with a rope to the fence to the right of the lupins, that is a honeysuckle from my neighbour that I’m hoping I’ll be able to train down the rope and it will continue the ‘walled’ feeling.