I thought it was about time for a garden update again! As you may know, last year Shane and I built this raised bed and grew pretty much all of our veg in that apart from some tomatoes which we grew in separate tubs. This year, I applied for an allotment, though the waiting list in our town is years, so my dad suggested I just dig up some of our back garden instead to use as my own little allotment! I decided to still keep my raised bed out the front for things like salad items and peas, and use the back garden for main items like sweetcorn, brassicas, onions/garlic and squash/pumpkins.
I’m halfway there so far with the back garden – I’ve got a section at the back near the fence for the brassicas, then the patch in the grass will be for the sweetcorn, french beans and summer squash, and then I’m going to dig out another patch infront of that to grow things like potatoes and larger salad items like swiss chard, beetroot and onions and garlic.
I’m so happy with my cavelo nero kale – it got attacked by cabbage butterflies last year to pretty much the point of death and as a last hope I planted it at the side of our house to see if it would recover – it didn’t but a couple weeks ago I found it looking pretty good and with loads of new growth aswell, so I can’t wait to harvest some of that! Today, I’m going to plant my potatoes which have been chitting away as I’m pretty late at planting them out and hopefully I’ll get the second patch dug up! Then I just need to build a chicken barrier so that they don’t eat/scratch at everything.
I was looking back at my archives from this time last year and I can’t believe how far on everything is compared to this year. Pretty much everything I’ve planted so far has either been eaten by slugs, dug up by our cats, or destroyed by the crazy wind we’ve had lately. Hopefully now it’s getting a little warmer, everything will start to grow before the cats can dig it up.