Merry Christmas everyone!
With a 4 and a 2 year old in the house, Christmas has been as chaotic but memorable, as you might expect. Presents were exchanged, and a delicious turkey feast devoured. However, one thing was missing this year: for the first time in almost a decade, there was nothing homegrown on the Christmas menu.
Building the new veg patch continues, and I managed a few crops in pots and borders this summer, but I’ve now been veg bed-less for over a year. It has seemed like a very long time, and as the year has progressed, I’ve found myself reflecting on this.
Finally, after much huffing and puffing, bonfires and green bin collections, we reclaimed the back end of the garden. The overgrown and out of control shrubs and trees are gone, and we got to move the chainlink fence back to the true boundary. It’s taken a year, but felt like a real milestone.
Like all clearance jobs, they’re knackering and require graft but provide great satisfaction. Compared to where we started the space is like a new garden, the openness making it feel much bigger.
There are still some roots that need removing, but I’ve got over excited and decided to put another raised bed in instead and tackle what’s left later on.
As I continue with the development of my new veg garden in Somerset (it’s a lot bigger job than I first thought!), I’m starting to consider where I want to position my permanent features such as fruit bushes and canes.
The optimum time for planting fruit bushes is the dormant period between November and February, but November is best as the soil is warmer. If you’re thinking of adding fruit to your plot, now is the perfect time to plan where you want to locate your bushes and how you’d like to grow them.
Over the last ten year of growing, I’d like to think I’ve become more sophisticated. I tend to grow what I need rather than a scattergun approach, and this is definitely the case with fruit. Where I would have once just stuck a load of plants in a basket and accidentally spent loads, I’m more considered and experienced in deciding the optimum amount for my space.
So as I embark on stocking my fruit beds, here’s a blog post about those fruits which form the mainstay of any productive allotment how many plants I’ll be ordering.
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