My house is built on one third of an acre facing the sea which is about 600 meters away.. In the front a lawn sweeps down to the road with no wall or hedge in the way. At the back there are three areas....a steep bank of red sandstone clay and rock on which I have managed to establish through trial and error a variety of hardy shrubs, including Senecio, Veronica, Escallonia, Potentilla, Rock Rose, Mahonia Japonica, Cotoneaster, Privet, Olearia and many others. Above the bank I have another "Lawn" which is really a mown piece of field behind a beech hedge,but is very private and is where we like to sit or the children to camp. To the side of this is my vegetable and fruit plot. This is in the early stages of development as I have just recently retired but I plan to have strawberries, Gooseberries, blackcurrants, loganberries, raspberries and apples as well as peas, beans,potatoes and some brassicas. The most prominent feature of the garden is not my doing.I am lucky enough to back on to a public woodland with access and have a huge oak tree leaning over the garden and a collection of fine pine tress with a rookery....very noisy at times but great company. We built the house 15 years ago but it is only recently that I have found time to really concentrate on the garden and I am enjoying it so much.
29 October 2013 13:55:56
What a wonderful summer. I had just moved my strawberry plot to a different part of the garden , so the fruit was scarce but the plants build up nicely. Blackcurrants and Gooseberries were never better also Rhubarb and Loganberries. Had a great pea harvest and other veg especially potatoes went according to plan. I bought the wrong variety of tomato plants and instead of getting large impressive tomatoes I got hundreds of tasty little cherry types. The good news is, I am still picking them in late October. Apples were ok but all the fruit on the Pear trees and Fig Tree dropped off early on. Hopefully this will lead to good crops next year. I am plagued with slugs and just cannot grow Dahlias or my favourite Lupins in the ground. I have some in pots which is better than nothing. I may try raised beds of some sort next year.
The project of planting fruit and Veg with the schoolchildren of Passage east N.S. worked out very well. The parents also became involved and now do a lot of the heavier work. We love growing things that most of us don't try at home such as Khol Rabi, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Beetroot, Artichokes and Courgettes. The children continue to have their own plots at home and are enthusiastic young gardeners.
It wasn't my best year for roses. I think I neglected them a bit. I'll make it up to them this coming season. That's the great thing about gardening, looking forward to the changes, the new chances to try again and the weather lottery. Lots of small wasps around still but nobody I know has been stung.
14 May 2010 20:38:52
Sorry that I have not been in touch. I have been dipping in from time to time to see what Gerry's advice is and to see what you are all doing. I adopted two little pups and they have been keeping me occupied and destroying the garden but I think I have them under control now. At six months of age I can't expect too much.
My school garden project has been a great success so far. I will take some pictures over the weekend and explain what we are doing. The parents have entered into the spirit of the thing and are giving their children real encouragement as well as starting little plots in their own gardens.
02 November 2009 14:00:03
We got the small plot tilled before the rain came this morning. So the daffs will go in at the next chance. The bigger plot is very narrow and long with two ESB poles that will not be moved. I suppose they present an opportunity for climbing plants....?
01 November 2009 23:26:17
One of my infrequent entries. Haven't even visited the site for days....Halloween, Children home from college, visitors etc. I have been asked by my local primary school to help get them started with their first school garden. We have dug over a nice sized plot near the front of the school and tomorrow I will be arriving with compost and we will dig it in. Then later in the week all the children will plant their own daffodil bulbs and look forward to a lovely show in Spring. The staff have set aside a long narrow plot for vegetable and fruit growing. This we will have to work and feed to have it ready for the new year. They have requested raised beds for each of the four classroom units. There will also be room for Herbs and annuals. I am going to give the children a selection of crops to choose from before making up a plan. Has anyone any idea of the best veg and fruit to grow, taking into account that we need to see some results before the end of June and . Also are there crops I should avoid, I am already ruling out plants with sharp thorns. I will take some pictures tomorrow.
15 October 2009 12:28:45
My brother gave me a present of some Bergenia Cordifolia on Tuesday (He was tidying up his garden). I planted them yesterday. I love those big leaves and the pink flowers are very welcome in spring. I planted a cherry (Stella) and a plum (Victoria) this morning along with a few additions to my soft fruit patch...more blackcurrants and gooseberries. This weather is wonderful and I am trying not to waste any opportunity without overdoing things. I used to have a lovely clump of Stachys "Lambs ears" but for the last two years it has looked ugly. I have cut it down and fed it but it looks neglected. Perhaps I will dig it all up...divide and replant in a different area.Any suggestions?