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A Patch From Scratch 2 – The Somerset Edition

patch from scratch somerset edition

We’ve been in our new Somerset home for nearly two weeks and whilst I wouldn’t say we’re sorted, we are managing to cook meals and drive to the local shop without using the satnav.

What we don’t have, however, is access to the Internet. Lewis, now three and a half, is finding this unacceptable and has taken to marching around proclaiming that he ‘…NEEEEEDS the Internet!’. Oh, how times have changed.

My wife and I also miss the Internet. I’m not ashamed to admit we love the Internet, and lack of Internet has made blogging and chatting on social media tricky, but much to my delight I have found a BT hotspot that just about covers the house. If you squeeze yourself in the corner of the conservatory, between the houseplant and yet-to-be-disposed-of dishwasher, you can get just about get a passable connection. Whilst the connection is playing ball, I thought I’d try and write a quick blog about future plans for growing veg.

Our house on a steep slope, which as well as making things entirely unchild friendly, it is also going to pose a new challenge for veg growing. There is also quite a lot of clearance required. 

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At the back of the garden is an old greenhouse, which is structurally fine and actually bigger than the one I had back in Essex. It needs a good tidy up and most panes are either broken or require replacing, but it is perfectly serviceable and still holds chilli plants from the summer.

somerset patch from scratch

The good news is that alongside the greenhouse (behind the fence that was used to keep chickens in check) is an extra 12 feet or so of the garden which will make a perfect space for some raised beds.

The bad news is that it is covered by large, unruly plants as well as 2-3 feet of something else that I can’t fathom – a sort of soil build-up. There is also an awful lot of old trees, piles of weeds, and general rubbish.

rubbish from patch

So, it needs clearing before I can even think about next year. I’m hoping that by Christmas we might be straight and I can start spending time in the garden with a skip and at least clear the area for further surveying. How quickly I can turn the space around I’m not sure, but A Patch From Scratch 2 – The Somerset Edition will soon be underway.

And the best thing about it is the view. This is going to be a terrific place to grow vegetables. 🙂

patch from scratch somerset edition

8 thoughts on “A Patch From Scratch 2 – The Somerset Edition”

  1. It looks ” challenging ” . The house looks lovely ……is it quite old? Do you have a wood burner. …or you could offer the burnable stuff on freecycle.

    Good luck.

  2. Was only thinking the other week, I hope things are going well for you down these parts. I just got an allotment in Exeter so shall be sharing the joys of reclaiming and clearing a plot to put back into use.

    If you need any advice on the best places to go or where to get something, or just local knowledge on anything at all, I’m sure I’m not the only reader in the southwest that would be happy to help.

  3. If you don’t have a wood burner, you might want to research Hugelkultur as a possible way of using some of that rotting wood productively in the new garden. If the larger logs aren’t already starting to rot, perhaps drill a number of holes into them to speed up the start of the process while you look into what its about.

  4. Wow! I can’t ait to see the new patch unfold, and that greenhouse looks brilliant… or rather, will BE brilliant once it is all sorted.
    Looks an amazing site and you’ll have a plan together by now I’m sure
    Good wishes to you both for 2017 xx

  5. Oh, love the view! Glad to see you are back blogging. Your son sounds the same age as my grandson and I am amazed at how much more adept he is than I with using his notepad! Good luck with your garden plan.

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