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Veggi patch with raised beds


Well since I am on my own for the weekend as my wife is away I thought I would finally turn an area of my garden in to a vegetable patch/kitchen garden.

The area in question is behind the green house and on a slight slope. At the moment it is home to all the extra plants that I have not found a good place in the garden for.

There are 4 yuccas, 1 Rhus, 1 very nice fern (but I have an idea where this is going to live), Some Shasta Daisies, Wigela, Hydranger, Flowering currant, Inula magnifica, Comfry, a few other bits and peices that for the moment the names have escaped me. Oh and a Buddleja that needs moving, along with plenty of weeds. Fox gloves and other annuals are already on the compost heap.

So far I have dug out a few of the big plants.

If they survive the move, I will be happy but nothing to worry about if not.

The plot must be a good 14ft x 10ft. Therefore if I create some raised beds out of wood I can accomodate the slope and get maximum potential out of the area. I will have to get some bulk bags of soil from somewhere as my compost heap will not have a big enough supply.

So the place in question is this.

The picture is taken facing south, so it should get plenty of light as well as being resonable protected by existing trees etc. The tree stump in the foreground is not part of the plan, that will stay as I will find a use for that. The chopped tree in the background is down by the pond, this was required to let in more light, this will be turned into a carving of some sort when I find the time.

I have only ever grown carrots in a large tub, potateos in some old compost bags, lettuce in large pots, onions in a small box planter and beans grow in the normal part of the garden up some wire frames.

As well as veg, I have a hankering for rasberries I will have to see if there is room for them too.

Rome wasn’t built in a day so I shall keep you updated as to how it progresses and developes.

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Thats a lot of spare plants to move about and a good sized plot for your raised beds,you have picked a good time of the year for the preparation and will be interesting to see it all develop, I,m curious to see what you do with the stump............

11 Jul, 2009


You've been busy....
...good luck with your project as it continues... :o)

11 Jul, 2009


How lovely to be able to do this in your garden. It will be interesting to watch your project and to see how it develops. Hope you find room for the raspberries! Good luck.

11 Jul, 2009


Looks like you are going to be busy for a while yet It's great to have a project and create something completely different. Looking forward to seeing the end result.

12 Jul, 2009


All plants have now been dug out. Some are in pots looking for a new home others have been planted else where in the garden.

Found loads of old broken slabs so these will be used for the path inbetween the beds.

Having a cup of tea then time to start making the raised beds out of some old pallet wood.


12 Jul, 2009


Interesting blog T&t. Reminded me that I've something similar to do before too long.
Marshalls are offering Raspberry 'Glencoe' , recommended for small spaces, which is spine free, resistant to vert.wilt and forms a multi-stemmed clump rather than volunteering all over the place, so you might have room for that. It's on my wish list.
I shall think of you and your project next time I'm floundering about in the ivy and the undergrowth. We both know it'll be worth it.

12 Jul, 2009


Just put a new blog on showing the finished beds.

12 Jul, 2009

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